Providing daily care for over 90 permanent residents and 900 injured native birds can be an incredibly demanding task. 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.
Hospital Volunteers typically assist in basic tasks such as cleaning cages, doing laundry, scrubbing dishes, sweeping, and mopping. Those with more experience may also be taught how to feed baby birds, prepare diets, and assist in handling.
Sanctuary Volunteers will shadow our experience interns and assist with bird feedings, scrubbing enclosures, sorting fish, creating enrichment, etc. *This is a great position for high schoolers!
Sanctuary Docents/Maintenance Volunteer may provide guided tours to visitors of the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary. Talk to folks about FKWBC's mission and introduce them to our permanent resident birds. Volunteers may also assist with tasks such as scrubbing our boardwalks, working on maintenance projects, collecting perching materials, grooming our natural mangrove trail, and directing proper parking.
Education/Special Event Volunteers help FKWBC at public events. Come out to help us educate the public about our mission. This is a great way to volunteer if you aren't able to commit to a regular schedule. We contact volunteers prior to each event about your participation.
Transport/Rescue Volunteers are on standby to assist our hospital team in transporting or rescuing injured wildlife and bringing them to our Mission Wild Bird Hospital. Volunteers may assist in capturing injured birds or reuniting healthy babies with their parents. Volunteers must use their own vehicles.
Gift Shop/Education Center Volunteers are responsible for manning the front of our Mission Wild Bird Hospital. This includes greeting guests and handling gift shop transactions. Volunteers may also be asked to help with administrative tasks.
How to Apply
If you're interested in volunteering with FKWBC or have any questions, please fill out the application and email the completed application to , subject line "FKWBC Volunteer".
Click here for the application.
If you'd like to schedule for a volunteer group please email , subject line "Volunteer Group". Please include the number of people in your party and prospective dates.
FKWBC accepts volunteers who need to do community service on a case by case basis. Click here to fill out the application. Send the completed application to , subject line "FKWBC Community Service".