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Volunteer Opportunities

Team Wild Bird embraces and depends on dedicated, passionate volunteers to assist us in our mission to celebrate environmental education and "Keep Them Flying". We are grateful for every volunteer that is willing to offer their time, energy, and skill-set and welcome persons of all ages and capabilities. Whether you are a local, snowbird, or just passing through, we have a place for you at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center!


Volunteer Positions


Hospital Volunteer

A rehabber’s assistant in daily hospital chores, diet prep, and medical treatments. Participate in Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshops to learn new skills.

40+ hours: Choose a free gift shop item

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Animal Care Volunteer

Work alongside our Avian Care staff at the Sanctuary to provide care to over 70 permanent residents, assist with sorting fish, prepping diets, cleaning enclosures and designing enrichment.

40+ hours: Choose a free gift shop item


Rescue & Transport Volunteer

Help us handle Bird Emergencies by rescuing and/or transporting injured wild birds to our hospital. From Homestead to MM 70, you may sign up for a specified range within this area. 

40+ hours: Receive a gas gift card

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Special Event Volunteer

From fundraising to outreach events, assist with planning, coordinating, and attending these special events.

40+ hours: Choose a free gift shop item

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Education & Outreach Volunteer

Work directly with our Outreach Coordinator to attend education programs and help us expand our community involvement.

40+ hours: Choose a free gift shop item


Gift Shop Volunteer

Relax in the air-conditioned gift shop, greet guests and direct them to our wild bird sanctuary, handle gift shop transactions and inventory.

40+ hours: Choose a free gift shop item


Docent Volunteer


A resource for Sanctuary visitors, greet guests, educate them about our mission and the Florida Keys ecosystem, point them to our gift shop and education center. 

40+ hours: Choose a free gift shop item


Administrative Assistant Volunteer

Are you organized and proficient in administrative work? We desperately need you! Help us with various tasks in our office from scanning receipts, mailing newsletters, filing paperwork, and more! 

40+ hours: Receive a restaurant gift card

Volunteer Achievement Levels

High Fives

6 Hours

Welcome Gift

Welcome to our team! After 6 completed volunteer hours, you will receive a welcome gift put together by our staff. We hope you will continue to help us in our mission to "Keep Them Flying!"

20 Hours

Volunteer Shirt

You are getting the hang of things! After you complete 20 volunteer hours, you will receive a shirt that you can wear both out in public and while volunteering. More hours equal more opportunities!

40 Hours

Special Gift

WOW! You are committed to helping our organization succeed. After 40 completed volunteer hours, you will receive a special gift. Gifts vary from gift cards, to gift shop items - even the opportunity to handle one of our educational birds! 

Bi-Annual Volunteer Appreciation Nights

Twice per year, we will host a night dedicated to YOU. You have helped us tremendously by being a part of our team, and we want you to know that you are appreciated. Details will be given to volunteers as soon as the logistics are decided.

How to Volunteer

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

  1. Fill out the volunteer application & agreement.

  2. Sit tight until you hear from our Outreach Coordinator.

  3. Register for a Volunteer Orientation.

How To Apply

If you are interested in volunteering with FKWBC, please fill out the volunteer application and email any questions to Sara Read at, with the subject line "FKWBC Volunteer". 

Volunteer Groups

Groups can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. Group work can vary from sorting monofilament to helping out at our hospital or sanctuary. If you are interested in our volunteer group opportunities, please email Sara Read at, with the subject line "Volunteer Group". Please include the number of people in your party and prospective dates.

Community Service

FKWBC accepts volunteers who need to complete court ordered community service hours on a case-by-case basis. Please fill out the application and email any questions to Sara Read at

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