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Come Soar With Us! Be a volunteer at Carolina Raptor Center!

How does CRC do what we do? With the help of over 300 volunteers that contribute more than 15,000 hours a year! Our volunteers help to further the mission of Carolina Raptor Center as well as make it a better place for both birds of prey and the visiting public. Without the support and time of all of our volunteers, Carolina Raptor Center would not be able to reach as many people and birds as it does. Join our ever-growing force of dedicated volunteers to help us help raptors today!

How do I volunteer? 

Adult Volunteer Program - Weekly Commitment - Must be 16 years or older. More info.

Adult volunteers work in most aspects of our medical care, resident bird care and visitor services program. We ask for a weekly commitment - with time off for good behavior! Regular information sessions are held in order to gauge interest and explain the responsibilities involved in volunteering at Carolina Raptor Center.  SIGN UP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND AS SPACE IS LIMITED. Please follow this link to sign up. 

Junior Volunteer Program - Weekly Commitment - Must be at least 11 years old. More info.

We love our Junior Volunteer teams that help in our Resident Bird Care and Visitor Services areas. Junior Volunteers need an adult "buddy" to volunteer alongside them. Junior Volunteers have a weekly or twice monthly commitment. If you are looking for a shorter commitment or community service hours, please check the Student Service or Youth Volunteer Corps sections below. Keep the following in mind for Junior Volunteers:

  • You must Volunteer with an adult (usually a parent or relative) at all times as part of a Junior Volunteer Team.
  • The first three months are a trial period.
  • You can volunteer in the Resident Bird Care and Visitor Services areas only.

On-Call Transport Volunteering - Varied Commitment -Must have own transportation. More info.

You can be a part of the transport or raptor ambulance team and respond to calls by the public regarding injured raptors that need to be picked up and taken to CRC. If you want to be added to our transport volunteer team, you will need to complete a short training program and then you'll be on call to bring birds into the hospital. Attendance at one of our information sessions is optional. Contact Mathias Engelmann at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with questions regarding our Transport Volunteer Program. 

 Youth Volunteer Corps - For High School Students - 10 weeks each summer. More info.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) members are teenagers who are passionate about sharing conservation and the natural world with Carolina Raptor Center visitors. Youth Volunteer Corps members assist and interact with CRC visitors, enhancing the visitor experience and sharing their knowledge.

Opportunities for Student Service - Eight weekends a year. More info.

Do you need community service hours for school or a college class you are taking? We can help you get them. Our community service volunteers complete projects in our Visitor Service area or on our trails. Please contact Ann Parker, our Volunteer Experience Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information about volunteering in this way.

 Special Group Projects. More info.

Service has become the most popular way for teams to build community and pull together to complete a project. Do you want to volunteer with a scout group, church, company or community group? We've got lots of projects to complete!


Volunteer Vision

Carolina Raptor Center believes volunteers are vital to our success. We believe volunteers bring optimism and enthusiasm, create positive energy, and share diverse perspectives that lead to enhanced programs, top-notch resident bird care, high quality raptor medical care and an exciting visitor experience. We strive to create a positive environment where volunteers:

• Contribute in meaningful ways
• Reflect the diverse communities we serve 
• Are valued for their unique abilities
• Are trained, mentored and supported in their work
• Have the opportunity to develop their skills 
• Are empowered to advocate for raptor conservation and Carolina Raptor Center


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