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Become a Tucson Audubon Volunteer!

Many volunteer activities are on hold, or include added precautions. New trainings are on hold.

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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 520-209-1810.

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

Volunteer Account Portal Training Video

Current Positions and Projects Available

Please email volunteer@tucsonaudubon.org if you have any general questions.

Tucson Audubon Society Volunteer Positions

These positions require participants to be Tucson Audubon Society Volunteers. The first step in this process is filling out our volunteer application

Voicemail Assistant—NEW!

Objective: To help Tucson Audubon Society interact with our community by monitoring our voicemail
Position description: This position will involve returning voicemails from the public who have bird-related questions and concerns.
Requirements: Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with the public as a TAS ambassador and must be able to think on their feet. Familiarity with bird identification, behavior, and wildlife rehab-related questions or willingness to learn is highly desirable! 
Location: Your home or Tucson Audubon Society Mason Center, 3835 W Hardy Rd, Tucson, AZ 85742; at the volunteer’s discretion
Time commitment: Regular weekly commitment for ~1 hour shift
Openings available: We are currently looking for 1-5 volunteers. If you are a current Tucson Audubon Society volunteer and would like to apply, please email both Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org) and Taylor Rubin (trubin@tucsonaudubon.org). If you are a new volunteer, please first fill out the volunteer application and indicate your interest in this program

Cricut Decal Production—NEW!

Objective: To create Bird-safe Buildings outreach materials to be distributed to the public.
Position description: Do you own a Cricut machine? If so, we need your help! Volunteers will be provided vinyl and a digital template to cut out decals using their own Cricut machine. The decals will be used in outreach kits for Bird-safe Buildings program.
Requirements: Volunteers must have a Cricut crafting machine at home capable of cutting out light cardboard shapes.
Location: At your home
Time commitment: Twice monthly, but some flexibility
Openings available: We are currently looking for as many volunteers as possible! If you are a current Tucson Audubon Society volunteer and would like to apply, please email both Olya Phillips (ophillips@tucsonaudubon.org) and Taylor Rubin (trubin@tucsonaudubon.org). If you are a new volunteer, please first fill out the volunteer application and indicate your interest in this program. 

Green Gardeners at the Mason Center

Objective: To beautify and cultivate the gardens at the Mason Center in order for it to thrive as focus points for pollinators, birds, and other desert critters.
Position description: Green thumbs wanted! Do you love to garden or do you want to improve your gardening skills? Becoming a green gardener at the Mason Center is a wonderful way to spend some time outside learning about native plants and their roles in the desert ecosystem. 
Requirements: Volunteers must be able to work outside in all weather conditions, perform gardening duties such as weeding, planting, pruning, and watering, and be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
Location: Tucson Audubon Society Mason Center, 3835 W Hardy Rd, Tucson, AZ 85742
Time commitment: Every Sunday, ~6:30-9:00am, depending on time of year
Openings available? Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are a current Tucson Audubon Society volunteer and would like to apply, please email both Cynthia Pruett (rcynthpruett@aol.com) and Taylor Rubin (trubin@tucsonaudubon.org). If you are a new volunteer, please first fill out the volunteer application and indicate your interest in this program. 

Community Volunteer Positions

These positions are open for anyone to apply, no volunteer application necessary!

Purple Martin Project Survey CrewNEW!

Objective: The goal of Tucson Audubon’s Desert Purple Martin Project is to document saguaros and specific nesting holes and note their height and orientation. Documenting breeding behavior is another goal of the study this year and into the future.
Position description: Desert Purple Martins are a fascinating and vastly understudied subspecies of the general Purple Martin species. They are different from the more familiar Eastern Purple Martins physically and behaviorally, and despite these differences, they have rarely been the focus of scientific investigation. Basic knowledge such as average clutch size, exact timing of nesting and average height of saguaro nest cavities are unknown. There is so much left to discover about these birds!
Requirements: Ability to walk over uneven terrain in the desert during hot summer conditions. Familiarity with desert bird species including Purple Martins.
Location: Wild and Suburban areas around Tucson, Sahuarita and Green Valley. 
Time commitment: Flexible based on your availability and interest.
Openings available: We are currently looking for as many volunteers as possible! If you would like to apply, please email Jennie MacFarland (jmacfarland@tucsonaudubon.org).

Bird Survey Training for Routes in Wildlife Corridor near PatagoniaNEW!

Objective: To track the progress and effectiveness of habitat improvement measures in the Wildlife Corridor near Patagonia.
Position description: Tucson Audubon Society & Borderlands Restoration Network are joining forces to survey birds in the Wildlife Corridor near Patagonia, AZ. For several years Borderlands Restoration has been installing habitat improvements such as rock dams to increase the health of the creeks. These actions will especially benefit Montezuma Quail and many other species of bird and wildlife. We are starting bird surveys to monitor both species and quantity of birds utilizing both the creeks with restoration and those that have not been modified.
Requirements: We need volunteers that can identify the birds of SE Arizona by sight and sound to help us with these surveys. The routes are along creeks and involve walking over uneven terrain with no official trails. Routes will be surveyed approximately 5 times a year, although you do not need to do all 5 surveys yourself. If you are not a year round resident or travel for any reason you can still help survey routes when you are available.
Location: Wildlife Corridor near Patagonia
Time commitment:
June 15 at 2:00 pm: Online training about our specific bird survey protocol. This session will be recorded for those that miss the online portion of the training.
June 17 at 7:00 am: In-person training session and practice survey at the Wildlife Corridor near Patagonia.
Openings available: We are currently looking for as many volunteers as possible! If you would like to apply, please sign up here.
 

Tucson Audubon Programs

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

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

Thanks to Splendido for sponsoring Tucson Audubon’s Volunteer program. 

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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

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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

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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