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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


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!

PLEASE NOTE: We are revamping our volunteer program and hiring a volunteer experience manager. As a result, we are not accpting applications for regular weekly volunteers until after September 30, 2014. 

How do I volunteer? 

Adult Volunteer Program - Weekly Commitment

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. These are followed by small group training sessions that follow to get you integrated quickly into our program. We ask that all weekly volunteers fill out a Volunteer Application AFTER attending n Information session. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our volunteer program is being revamped to include a bi-monthly information session. We expect that this will be on a regular schedule starting in October 2014.

  • Volunteer in our Hospital: Take a regular weekly shift in our Raptor Medical Center. You can work in our raptor "ER" helping injured raptors become healthy enough to be released back into the wild. Currently between 50-60 people volunteer in the Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center.
  • Resident Bird Care Volunteers: Help us take care of our many resident birds by cleaning cages, feeding them and performing health checks. Cages are cleaned twice weekly and birds eat every day! Heath checks occur on a weekly basis for a group of birds. Currently, approximately 50-60 people volunteer in the Resident Bird Care area.
  • Visitor Services and Docents: Weekend programing throughout the Raptor Trail means that there are many opportunities to share your knowledge about the birds and the habitats in which they live. Docents lead trail trivia tours, information stations, meet the keeper and behind the scenes tours as well as help with special events. Visitor services volunteers help us make the public fall in love with CRC by greeting visitors, answering phones, making calls, and ringing up purchases in the gift shop. 
  • Maintenance and Grounds: With 57 acres of land and 3/4 miles of trails, there is always something to build, clean, repair or maintain at Carolina Raptor Center. Our weekly Maintenance and Grounds volunteers make sure that stuff works here at Carolina Raptor Center.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Attend an information session - NO sessions currently available.
  • Review available positions/job descriptions and apply for a position by completing a Volunteer Application.
  • After attending the orientation, attend a formal training session if working in any of the areas where birds are involved.
  • Commit to the required time commitment for the specific area.
  • Adult volunteers must be at least 16 yrs or older.

Please do not complete a Volunteer Application until after you have attended an Information Session and reviewed available volunteer positions. A registration fee of $15.00, which will cover the cost of a volunteer t-shirt and name tag, will be required as soon as you are accepted into the program.

Junior Volunteer Program - Weekly Commitment

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 Service Learning section below.

Junior Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer with an adult (usually a parent or relative) at all times as part of a Junior Volunteer Team.

  • Attend an information session.
  • Review junior volunteer job description.
  • Junior volunteers must complete their own application and have an interview.
  • Allowed to volunteer in all areas except the rehabilitation department.
  • Attend a formal training session.
  • First three months are a trial period.
  • Junior volunteers must be 12 years old.

Please do not complete a Volunteer Application until after you have attended an Information Session and reviewed available volunteer positions. A registration fee of $15.00, which will cover the cost of a volunteer t-shirt and name tag, will be required as soon as you are accepted into the program.

Service Learning

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 Kelsey Hoke, our visitor 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.

On-Call Transport Volunteering

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. Please complete a Volunteer Application, 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. 

Special Group Projects

Do you want to volunteer with a scout group, church, company or community group? In order to best coordinate projects and dates for your volunteer group, please submit a Special Group Request Form
PLEASE NOTE: Due to a large number of summer requests, our group volunteer program is only accepting project date requests for after October 1, 2014.



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