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We owe the success of our chapter to our many dedicated volunteers! There is a wide variety of opportunities in education, conservation, and organizational support, as an individual or on a committee. Our Education and Outreach Director will work with you to find activities that match your interests, skills, and availability. As a volunteer, you can learn new skills, explore areas of interest, meet other people, and feel a sense of accomplishment.

NOTE: Volunteers working directly with children could be fingerprinted.

Pressing Volunteer Opportunities

Check out our most immediate and pressing volunteer opportunities.

Individual Opportunities

Adult Education Classes. Plan and organize educational programs for adults under the guidance of the Education Committee.

Conservation Action Alert Network. Receive alert emails when action is required on an important conservation issue. To subscribe to or unsubscribe from the Conservation Action Alert Network, simply fill out this online form.

Bird Counts. Participate in Winter (Christmas) and Summer Counts for Santa Clara Valley Audubon's four count circles: Palo Alto, San Jose, Calero-Morgan Hill, and Mount Hamilton. More...

Bird Sanctuary Program. Spread public awareness for creating wildlife-friendly habitat. More...

Cavity Nesters Recovery Program. Volunteers establish and monitor nest box trails for cavity nesting birds and report nesting activity. More...

Wetlands Discovery Program Docents (WDP). Help elementary students explore and learn about birds, habitats, and ecology in classrooms and field trips as a docent. Also help develop educational presentation materials used by staff, volunteers, and outside educators. Read more Volunteer Information (PDF). View our WDP Calendar of upcoming programs. If you are already a docent, sign-up for up-coming programs.

Young Audubon Program. Organize events, field trips, and excursions for children and their families outside of the classroom. More...

Event Support and Hospitality. Provide support for events: organizing events, setting and cleaning up, welcoming attendees, or assisting with many other tasks.

Field Trip Leader. Lead a free recurring or one-time only beginner to advanced local birding field trip.

Library. Maintain our extensive library, processing and re-shelving books and updating catalogues.

Office Assistant. Help with various office tasks, including data entry, photocopying, promotional mailings, and Nature Shop inventory.

Publicity. Publicize events, activities, and efforts to the public through local media outlets.

Information Booth Support. Support our information booth at occasional fairs and community events.

Nature Shop. Assist with sales, displays, promotions, and ordering for our shop. Help find new products that further our educational and conservation goals.

Technology Support
Ensure that our technological capacity and equipment sufficiently supports all programs.

Website Support
Plan and update our website to communicate information about our programs, activities, and news.

Newsletter Support. Help persue stories, organize, edit, and publish our newsletter, the Avocet.

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Committee Opportunities

Education Committee. Plan and implement our education programs and activities for schoolchildren, families, and adults.

Environmental Action Committee. volunteer for conservation to help with our many conservation efforts. Evaluate and set conservation policies for our chapter. Take actions to promote those policies in our community.

Diversity Committee. Work to engage and better serve members of underrepresented populations and communities.

Field Trip Committee. Support and organize field trips for both adults and children.

Spring Birdathon Committee. Help plan and execute our yearly Spring Birdathon fundraiser and contest.

Membership Committee. Maintain and increase our membership, coordinate membership drives and attend outreach events. Maintain the membership database, updating records and generating renewal notices.

Speaker Series Committee. Coordinate and promote our free monthly Speaker Series featuring scientists, photographers, authors, international travelers and others.

Volunteer Committee. Establish policy and oversee the recruitment, training, and support of volunteers. Help foster a rewarding relationship wioth our volunteers.

Fundraising Committee. Plan and execute fundraising strategies to support our mission.

Finance Committee. Review our chapter budget, expenses, income, and investments. Make fiscal recommendations to the Board of Directors to maintain chapter solvency.

Board of Directors. Help define the long-range goals and direction of our chapter, make important policy decisions and maintain fiscal solvency.


Updated August 2014

Become a Volunteer

How to Volunteer for SCVAS

Fill out our Volunteer Sign-up form or contact our Education and Outreach Director at (408) 252-3740 or at

Check out our most pressing needs, plus our list of individual and committee opportunities.

Become a volunteer for conservation.

View our volunteer calendar.

Donating Benefits our Communities

Your tax-deductible donation allows SCVAS to increase the number of youngsters, many from low income families, that we reach with our local science education programs. Your donation dollars also support our many conservation efforts that make us one of the most effective conservation organizations in the Bay Area. We have many different ways that you can volunteer and donate.

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