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. You may also download the Volunteer Application Form and hand it in at the Visitor Center.
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.