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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 volunteer@tucsonaudubon.org or call at 520-209-1811. To apply see the “What’s Next” section below and to the right.

OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE GREAT! Share a memorable experience you had with a Tucson Audubon volunteer.

Volunteer Calendar

See our calendar below for upcoming volunteer opportunities. These include Saturday morning restoration workdays, field surveys, and tabling opportunities at fun local festivals and events.

Current Positions

If you’re interested in taking on a project with a flexible schedule from start to finish, or if you’d like to fill an on-going vacancy, check out our current position openings below.

Program Volunteers

If you’d like to volunteer for one of our programs specifically, learn all about the program and its activities, and support its inner-workings! See the list below.

Current Positions and Projects Available

We have some exciting volunteer opportunities happening over the next few months. Please email volunteer@tucsonaudubon.org  for more info..

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, August 10-13
One of our biggest events of the year is coming up in a short few months. Check out all of the open positions here and let Luke know what you’d like to sign up to do. Thanks!

Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Feeder Fillers and Birding Ambassadors, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
This is a fun volunteer assignment in a beautiful environment! We need a person (or two) to spend 4-8 hours at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds filling feeders and greeting visitors on the weekends. If interested contact Luke Safford at lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org. We will provide training as needed.

Exciting Summer of Restoration and Conservation Opportunities
This spring/summer is your chance to join Tucson Audubon’s Field Crew on a wide variety of exciting projects! The (incomplete) list of upcoming projects and activities to whet your appetite and get you outside includes the following:

  • Pollinator and Hummingbird Garden installations @ Sweetwater, a vineyard in the Patagonia Mountains, and adjacent to the Paton Center
  • Bluebird nestbox installation and monitoring @ all over Huachuca to Santa  Rita + Patagonia Mts
  • Cuckoo habitat enhancement @ 2 places near Patagonia
  • Cuckoo surveys @ all over SE Arizona
  • Southwest Willow Flycatcher surveys @ 2 Pima County properties
  • Vegetation surveys @ Simpson Farm
  • Bird surveys @ Canoa Ranch, Simpson Farm, Martin Farm, Cochie Spring, and others
  • Habitat upkeep (weeding, pruning, transplanting) @ the Paton Center, and the Mason Center
  • Native hummingbird plant propagation @ the Mason Center using our new misting bench
  • Invasive Species Control @ Paton Center and surroundings, Simpson Farm
  • Native Fish pond installation and upgrades @ Paton Center and a vineyard in Patagonia Mts

This list will be added to this summer, so check back for more opportunities! If you want to get outside, maybe get sweaty and/or get your hands dirty, or just be out birding with a purpose, let us know! Email Luke to let him know which you might be interested in.

Mason Center “Green Gardeners” Wednesdays at 7am
The Mason Center has multiple gardens that need your helping hand in order to grow and thrive as focus points for pollinators, birds, and other desert critters. Activities will include watering, planting, mulching, trimming, weeding and learning about plants and their role in the desert. You need no particular skills, just a desire to help and see the fruits of your labor take form. Add a bit of camaraderie to the mix, too. Cynthia Pruett, our past board president, will be your coordinator. The gardens await your help! Sign up now by contacting Luke Safford at lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org if you are interested.

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.

Important Bird Area: Surveyors and More
This is fun, and really is all about using your birding skills and passion for special site conservation for birds and assisting good wildlife habitat management. We share our data with our partners to contribute to habitat and site conservation, and thus promoting the conservation of essential habitat for our Arizona “species of conservation concern”. For current surveys and other opportunities, visit www.aziba.org or contact the IBA Coordinating Biologist, Jennie MacFarland at jmacfarland@tucsonaudubon.org

Tucson Audubon Programs

Check out our programs to see if you are interested in contributing as a program volunteer.

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 volunteer@tucsonaudubon.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

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