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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 or call at 520-209-1811.

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

Volunteer Growth and Training

Are you interested in growing as a Tucson Audubon volunteer? This training session will be valuable for all volunteers, new or experienced, field work or tabling.
Upcoming Dates:

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  for more info.

Picnic Tables at the Mason Center
We have five picnic tables that are in need of refurbishing. They will need to be disassembled, sanded down and repainted. This is a project we’d like to have finished before the end of March. Contact Cynthia Pruett, at, if you are able to take on this project.

SAHBA Home & Garden Show, April 12 – 14
This is our bi-annual opportunity to share with a large audience the joys of bringing birds to your home through the Habitat at Home program and more. Join staff and other volunteers for a shift at our table one of these three days.

Only one volunteer shift left!:

  • Friday, April 12: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Let us know if you are interested, Thanks!

Important Bird Area Surveys
Elf Owls, Bendire’s Thrasher, Gilded Flickers, and Elegant Trogons–it is IBA survey time!

Elf Owls–Limited space is still available for volunteers to join us as we hike along moonlit trails in teams of two or three listening for Elf Owls and periodically playing their calls to try and goad them into calling back to us. You must have reasonably good hearing and be comfortable walking a trail at night while using a headlamp or flashlight. These two surveys are scheduled during the full moon to try and have as much light as possible but it will still be quite dark out there!

Wednesday, April 17, 6:30pm – 10pm, in the Rincon District, Saguaro NP, register here
Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm – 10pm,  in the Tucson Mountain District, Saguaro NP, register here

Bendire’s Thrasher–Tucson Audubon will be surveying an area in Avra Valley managed by Tucson Water. With their permission we are going into this area where Bendire’s Thrashers have been documented nesting so we can quantify how many nesting territories this area sustains.

Tuesday, April 9, 7am – 2pm, in the Avra Valley, register here

Gilded Flicker–Tucson Audubon has partnered with Saguaro National Park and volunteers can sign up for a hiking transect to survey for Gilded Flickers. You will be assigned a route and can survey it alone or with a partner on the morning of your choice before the end of April. Protocol and datasheet will be provided.
Gilded Flickers are a Important Bird Area Continental Qualifying bird and a species of interest for the program

Register here to be assigned a route to cover before the end of April

Elegant Trogon–We always need more people for these surveys! The more the better so please tell your friends. These surveys are suitable for beginning birders and more info about these surveys including results for the 2018 survey can be found here. To sign up for any of the below dates please go here.

  • Atascosa Mountains – Saturday May 18
  • Patagonia Mountains – Saturday May 25
  • Santa Rita Mountains – Sunday May 26
  • Huachuca Mountains – Saturday June 1
  • Chiricahua Mountains – Sunday June 2

If interested in joining the survey team please contact Jennie Macfarland for more information.

Nature Shop Attendant at the University Blvd. Location
Current needs include on-call volunteers.

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.
Questions? Please contact Luke Safford, if interested.

Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Feeder Fillers and Birding Ambassadors
Current needs include Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
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. Interested in getting trained? Contact Tina Hall ( and/or Luke Safford (

Development Volunteer Positions
Tucson Audubon’s Development Team is seeking volunteers to support an array of relationship-building, administrative, and communications efforts. If you would like to be a part of the team supporting membership, building small business and corporate relations, improving donor communications, and generally supporting our fundraising and communications efforts through a variety of administrative tasks, please consider one of these volunteer positions. Job descriptions here.
Questions? Please contact Luke Safford, if interested.

Restoration Crew Volunteer
Work is variable and may include removal of invasive weeds, planting of native grasses, and much more at various sites around Southeast Arizona. For more information regarding on-going projects please email Andy Bennett

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 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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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447


Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447