Become a Volunteer!
Tucson Audubon Society is a diverse, conservation-focused organization with a variety of opportunities to volunteer. Whatever your interest, we have a role for you! To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 520-209-1811.
OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE GREAT! Share a memorable experience you had with a Tucson Audubon volunteer.
Current Positions and Projects Available
We have some exciting volunteer opportunities happening over the next few months. Please email email@example.com for more info.
Restoration Work in Southeast Arizona–Sign-up for an upcoming workday!
Pupfish Pond Installation in the Patagonia Mts–Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Register here.
Help install a pond to provide a backup breeding population for the endangered Desert Pupfish at a beautiful setting on a vineyard on the eastern edge of the Patagonia Mountains. This special location along Corral Canyon includes giant ancient emory oak trees, has had endangered Mexican garter snakes show up, has wild turkeys wander through every day, has had tree frogs, and one can frequently hear trogons or cuckoos calling nearby during the summer.
On this specific workday we’ll be installing the underlayment and the liner for the pond, and get the water filling. If enough time and people are available, we may also plant some walnut trees creekside, and hook up the irrigation for a future pollinator garden. No experience necessary to help.
This is part of a larger project to help birds and wildlife near the mouth of Corral Canyon in the Patagonias. Additional project components, to be completed on other days, include planting walnut trees to provide foraging habitat for Yellow-billed Cuckoos, to improve the function of the wash to help prevent erosion, and to install a large pollinator garden on the edge of the vineyard. Contact Jonathan Horst if you have questions. This project in Corral Canyon will take place at, or near, 785 San Rafael Valley Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624.
El Rio Preserve Pollinator Garden Installation–Saturday, July 14, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Register here.
Join Tucson Audubon and the Town of Marana as we jointly install a large pollinator garden among the landscape plantings near the ramada at the new parking lot for the El Rio Preserve (map here). The heavy lifting has already been done; this work day will be focused entirely on planting. We’ll start off with a quick refresher course on best planting practices for native plants the desert, and then we’ll get to planting.
The pollinator garden will include plants that help sustain hummingbirds, butterflies, native solitary bees, bats, and other pollinators. Of course, there will also be lots of milkweeds included to specifically support Monarch Butterflies. Contact Luke Safford if you have any questions.
Sonoita Creek restoration near Paton Center for Hummingbirds–3 dates! 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register by clicking date below.
Saturday, July 7
Saturday, August 4
Thursday, August 23
Tucson Audubon is restoring a section of the Sonoita Creek and we will be planting native plants and removing invasive grass in this section of creek known as the “Johnston Parcel.” If you have specific questions about the restoration work being done at the Johnston Parcel please email Andy Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason Center Green Gardeners–most Sunday mornings. Email Cynthia for current schedule
We also do gardening and restoration work at the Tucson Audubon Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Road) every Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. For more information, and to check on any possible time changes, please contact board member, Cynthia Pruett at email@example.com.
Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Feeder Fillers and Birding Ambassadors
This is a fun volunteer assignment in a beautiful environment! We need volunteers who are willing to spend 4-6 hours at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds filling feeders and greeting visitors especially Monday mornings and on the weekends. Interested in getting trained? Contact Luke Safford.
Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Volunteers, August 8 – 12
The festival is our biggest event throughout the year and demands a heavy volunteer base to make it the best it can be. We have many needs including cleaning out vans, bagging lunches, greeting, helping in the Kid’s Zone, and counting visitors. Let Luke know if you are able to join our volunteer crew!
Flycatcher Distributor Needed
We are looking for two or three people to help with distribution of our quarterly magazine, The Flycatcher. These volunteers would identify likely locations (like Summit Hut, Bookmans, etc.), manage relationships, and distribute copies in a timely manner. We do have a small list of possible sites to start with. If you are interested please contact Matt Griffiths.
Important Bird Area Surveys
Spring is a busy time for bird surveys, below are our upcoming survey opportunities, please click on the link to register for the survey or you can contact Jennie Macfarland for more information.
- New IBA Survey Routes: To join the team and get more information please click here.
- Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Interested in being a YBCU survey leader? Come to our training July 10-11, click here.
Nature Shop Attendant (University Blvd. or Agua Caliente location)
Volunteers for the Tucson Audubon nature shops are truly faces of the organization, and often the primary contact between Tucson Audubon and members/the public. A Nature Shop Attendant rings up customers, restocks materials in the shop, answering questions from visitors, and managing the main phone line for Tucson Audubon. A Shop Attendant is responsible, dependable, has some knowledge of birds in Southeastern Arizona, enjoys working in a shop environment and sharing their love of birds and conservation! Opportunities to further your learning about binoculars and birding. Contact volunteer coordinator if interested.
Tucson Audubon Programs
Check out our programs to see if you are interested in contributing as a program volunteer.
- Nature Shops – Cash register sales, product display, web sales
- Birding field trips – Trip leader, children’s birding programs
- Youth Education – Field naturalists, program organization, office support
- Habitat restoration – on-site field work, research planning
- Arizona Important Bird Areas – Bird surveys, site stewardship, data entry
- Membership and development – Fund raising, grant writing, mail and office support, events planning
Calendar of Volunteer Events
Check this calendar for up-to-date postings of episodic, schedule-specific, and event opportunities. To view ongoing positions, or those with flexible schedules, please refer to above postings. Unless otherwise noted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details or sign up for any of these roles.
What’s Next? The Application Process
- Complete the volunteer application: PDF application (printable)
- Attend an orientation meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator
- Pick an area of interest
- Meet with department head for further training and discussion of your role
Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624