Help support raptors!

Many are called but few get up. – Oliver Herford

YOUTH VOLUNTEERING

Make an impact in the lives of raptors, as well as your community. CRC is looking for committed, caring, and hard-working pre-teens and teens that are searching for volunteer opportunities to help with wildlife conservation.

CRC is open 7 days a week. Since our facility is mainly outdoors, our volunteer opportunities tend to be outside too. Be prepared to work in all weather conditions, get dirty, and have a lot of fun! Volunteers are rewarded with the knowledge that they have made a direct impact on the lives of some truly incredible animals. 

By allowing wildlife to retain their natural instincts, we show respect for their lives. Because of this, volunteers have very limited physical contact with the raptors. Instead, they support the birds by educating visitors about raptor conservation and caring for the birds in a hands off fashion. 

You, as a youth volunteer, can help:

  • EDUCATE your community and yourself
    • Junior Docent
      • Work with an adult, as a team, to educate visitors about raptors.
      • Applicants must be in at least the sixth grade
        • In summer, applicants must be at least a rising sixth grader 
    • Youth Volunteer Corps
      • Educate visitors about raptor conservation through the use of hands-on activities. 
      • The Youth Volunteer Corps program only runs from June through August each year​
      • Applicants must be at least a rising ninth grader
  • CARE for birds and the environment
    • Junior Rehabilitation Aviary Caretaker
      • Work with an adult, as a team, to assist in the upkeep of injured raptor's enclosures.
      • Applicants must be in at least the sixth grade
        • In summer, applicants must be at least a rising sixth grader 
    • Junior Resident Bird Care Aviary Caretaker
      • Work with an adult, as a team, to assist in the upkeep of the enclosures of the birds that are permanent residents of CRC.
      • Applicants must be in at least the sixth grade
        • In summer, applicants must be at least a rising sixth grader 
  • GROW a habitat and your skills​
    • Junior Property Volunteers
      • Work with an adult, as a team, to landscape the grounds of CRC and the maintenance of our structures.
      • Applicants must be at in least the sixth grade
        • In summer, applicants must be at least a rising sixth grader 
    • Student Service Days
      • Student Service Days are designed to be one-time volunteer opportunities that help students acquire volunteer hours. These community service volunteers complete projects outside on our educational trail.
      • Applicants must be at least a ninth grader at the time of service
        • In summer, applicants must be at least a rising ninth grader

Please click on a link above to find out more about each program, what openings are available, and how to apply. 

GENERAL DETAILS

ALL JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT EVERY TIME THEY VOLUNTEER. YVC AND SERVICE LEARNING DAY VOLUNTEERS DO NOT.

  • Openings become available as they are needed
    • If you do not see an opening you are looking for, please check back frequently
  • All participants must be in at least the sixth grade at the time of service. If applying during the summer, the applicant must be at least a rising sixth grader.
    • Some areas require the candidate to be at least a rising 9th grader. Please read requirements for each program carefully before applying.
  • The minimum commitment of service ranges between 6 months and 1 year due to the amount of training involved in each area, with the exception of Student Service Days
  • To be accepted, a candidate must successful complete the following:
    • Online application
      • Partnering adults must submit an application for the adult version of the same program 
    • Interview with CRC Staff
      • ​Partnering adults can interview at the same time as the youth volunteer
    • Training within one month of acceptance
      • Partnering adults must attend the same training

NOTE: Court ordered community service volunteers are not accepted at this time.