Raptor Rescue Team

Raptor Rescuers respond to calls about injured raptors. They are trained to retrieve a bird, secure it safely, and transport it to the Carolina Raptor Center Medical Facility.

  • Professionally respond to calls from the public about injured birds
  • Provide necessary information to the public about the rehabilitation process 
  • Observe injured raptor behavior
  • Retrieve injured raptors
  • Safely transport raptors to the Carolina Raptor Center Medical facility promptly and by car
  • Provide information to CRC staff about the rescue
  • Follow all CRC procedures regarding communicable diseases

Because the birds at CRC are wild animals, we try to limit human and bird interactions. In order to decrease stress on the patients, Raptor Rescuers and staff handle the birds as little as possible.

Requirements Snapshot
Volunteer Position

 Raptor Rescuers



Commitment Required 
  • Volunteer shifts happen on an as needed basis
  • Must commit to being "on call" for at least one year 
  • Must be able to receive text notifications
    • Text notifications only occur when an injured bird is within your selected area
    • Text notifications happen between the hours of 8am and 5pm, seven days a week
  • Reliable transportation required
  • Raptor Rescue Team Volunteers provide their own equipment for catching injured birds
Age Range

 18 years old and up

Volunteer Fee

 $30 (pays for training, CRC t-shirt, and nametag)


Submit a Raptor Rescue Team Application online HERE. 

When you submit an application you will receive a confirmation email that your application was received. If you application is accepted, you will receive a separate email from the Volunteer Manager on how to set up an interview with CRC Staff.