Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities at Hawk Mountain

Something for Everyone

We have a wide variety of needs in Visitor Services, Education, Office Support, Buildings and Grounds, Research, and many more. There's always something for you to do at Hawk Mountain.

To become a volunteer, please contact Tammy Jandrasitz at 610-756-6000 x215.

Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Volunteer at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Visitor Services - March through November; especially September through November during fall migration season

  • Keeper of the Gate - Check member cards and tickets; promote and sell memberships; provide information to visitors at trail entrance (training required).
  • Membership Recruitment - Help keep the Sanctuary fiscally sound by promoting the Sanctuary on and off grounds.
  • Bookstore - Assist bookstore staff with merchandise/membership sales; provide information to visitors (training required).
  • Parking/traffic control - Special events and fall weekends; direct arriving visitors and provide basic information (on-the-job training with experienced volunteers)
  • Information/Hospitality - Provide information about all aspects of Sanctuary, i.e., membership, facilities, trails, etc.; indoors, but outdoor option on fall weekends (training required)

Office Support - All year, mostly weekdays

  • Fundraising - Assist staff with obtaining items for auction, raffle, sponsors for events and food donations 
  • Phone contact - Call members to thank them for their support, recapture calls to lapsed members
  • Data Entry/Computer - Entering general and scientific data, knowledge of WORD and Excel beneficial
  • Mailings - General membership services i.e., folding, collating, stuffing envelopes on designated dates
  • General Office - Copying, filing, and miscellaneous tasks for administration, education, and research

Education - Spring and fall  (training required)

  • Group Program Assistant - Assist staff with guided school or civic group hikes and programs for children and adults; weekdays and weekends
  • Weekend programs - Present live raptor* and special programs to visitors
  • Group Greeter - Greet arriving visitors and groups; present ten minute talk about  Sanctuary trails and trail etiquette
  • Native Plant Garden Walks - Inform visitors about the use of native plants on their property to benefit wildlife and the environment; weekends
  • Group introductions - Present history of Hawk Mountain and overview of migration dynamics to visiting student and public groups; weekdays

* Opportunities to handle live birds may be available to volunteers who are at least 18 years of age and complete training and apprenticeship.               

Research - All year, mostly weekdays

  • Biological survey - Spring, summer, and winter; usually early morning; knowledge of birds and their songs is required
  • Data management - assist staff with research data

Buildings, garden and grounds maintenance - Spring and summer weekends and weekdays

  • Native Plant Garden - Mostly weekdays; knowledge of native plants or must work with knowledgeable and experienced volunteers
  • Invasive plant control - Remove invasive exotic plants, i.e., Garlic Mustard, Asian Stilt Grass, Barberry, Honeysuckle, etc; good project for volunteer groups
  • Grounds/Trails - General maintenance of property and trails; most trail work is done in spring

Miscellaneous - Occasionally as needed 

  • Library - Maintain small library in Visitor Center
  • Photography - Our need for specifics is sporadic; but we always need candid shots of volunteers at work and visitors.
  • Graphic design - Design posters, brochures, etc.

To become a volunteer, please contact Tammy Jandrasitz at 610-756-6000 x215.

Comments

nakibongochi namasambu

8:57 AM on August 18, 2012
I DO appreciate for the work you are doing of conservation and teaching /training of volunteer i think people like as are also will to volunteer if we are given opportunity so that we can spread the message of conservation all over the world
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