Memorial Day Hours: The Nature Center will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Hours: The Nature Center will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 27

VOLUNTEER with the Raptors

Fontenelle Forest has a team of dedicated employees and a network of volunteers, who feed and care for the many raptor ambassadors that call the Forest home.

Our dedicated volunteers are vital to our mission of inspiring current and future generations to care for the natural world.

Raptors require full-time care involving everything from weighing and inputting their food intake into a tracking database, to training educational birds to go on outreach programs, to cleaning and maintaining their enclosures.

Below are our raptor volunteer opportunities. Please note, we are currently not accepting new raptor volunteers. Please fill out the form below to add your name to the raptor volunteer waitlist and we will contact you once we have an available opportunity.

Raptor Cleaning Volunteer

A Raptor Cleaning Volunteer will be assigned to a day of the week on which they will complete tasks from the cleaning task list. These tasks vary, and volunteers can choose which jobs to take on. Jobs revolve around keeping the raptor enclosures tidy, refreshing bath pans, and disinfecting the refuge office. Volunteers should anticipate this role demanding one to two hours’ time, though this may vary week-to-week.

VIEW VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Ability to volunteer regularly
  • Willingness to get your hands dirty working alongside some beautiful birds

 

Raptor Feeding Volunteer

A Raptor Feeding Volunteer will be assigned to a day of the week on which they will prepare and feed out our raptors’ diets. This volunteer will be working with dead rodents, fish, and quail, and should be prepared to skin and gut carcasses. They will enter raptor enclosures and pick up scraps from the previous day’s diet. Volunteers should anticipate this role demanding two hours’ time, though this may vary with experience.

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Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Ability to volunteer regularly
  • Willingness to work with dead rats, mice, quail, and fish

 

Raptor Docent Volunteer

A Raptor Docent Volunteer will be assigned to a day of the week on which they will roam the Raptor Woodland Refuge and share their knowledge of the resident raptors. They will work with artifacts like feathers, wings, and talons to give guests a hands-on experience. Volunteers should anticipate this role demanding at least one or two hours’ time, though docents may choose longer shifts.

This volunteer position requires direct contact and communication with guests. 

VIEW VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Ability to volunteer regularly
  • Good communication with Forest staff and guests of all ages and backgrounds

 

Apply to Volunteer

We are currently not accepting new raptor volunteers. Please fill out the form below to add your name to the raptor volunteer waitlist and we will contact you once we have an available opportunity. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor team.

 

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