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Pressing Volunteer Needs

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. As a volunteer, you can learn new skills, explore areas of interest, meet other people, and feel a sense of accomplishment.

 

Below is a list of our most pressing and immediate volunteer needs. Become a volunteer today by filling out our Volunteer Sign-up form or contacting our Outreach Coordinator at outreach@scvas.org.

 

Burrowing Owl Habitat Management

Help our local Burrowing Owl populations by removing invasive weeds on and around their burrows in time for the approaching breeding season. Bring suitable clothing and shoes for working outdoors, sun hat, water, sun block, and if necessary, dress in layers. Facility access is tightly regulated so for the exact project location, please contact Outreach Coordinator Kelly Alfrey at outreach@scvas.org.

Time Commitment     One Saturday each month; 9:00am-1:00pm. You do not have to participate in each month's project, although a multiple-project commitment is strongly encouraged.
Required Skills All skill levels are welcome. Garden gloves and hand tools will be provided. Notes: Be prepared to walk through tall grasses and over uneven terrain.
 
Community Outreach Volunteers
Each year, especially in the spring and fall, SCVAS is invited to participate in numerous community festivals and fairs. These fun events are a great chance for us to recruit new members, let people know about our upcoming events, and share what it is we love about Audubon with those around us.
Time Commitment Will vary depending on the event - should be available on weekends.
Required Skills Interested volunteers should be comfortable talking to people about SCVAS programs in an informal setting.
Wetlands Discovery Program Docents - In-Class Programs

Volunteers assist elementary students in a series of stations focused on the wetland habitat, birds, and changes in the bay. As a Wetlands In-Class Docent, you are also encouraged to volunteer for other school activities and Wetlands Field Trips as they are scheduled. Volunteers interested in working directly with children must be willing to be background-checked and fingerprinted.

Time Commitment Programs run at schools within Santa Clara County on Tuesdays and occasional Wednesdays, from approximately 8AM-12PM. We will work with your availability.
Required Skills Docents should be comfortable with public speaking, patient in working with children, and eager to educate on environmental topics. Training is provided. Read more Volunteer Information (PDF). Interested volunteers should contact Kym Sugano, the Educational Programs Specialist at programs@scvas.org.
 
Wetlands Discovery Program Docents - Field Trips

Docents lead small groups of students on a 1.5 hour nature and bird walk, as they learn how to use binoculars and explore the wetlands. As a Wetlands Field Trip Docent, you are also encouraged to volunteer for other school activities and Wetlands In-Class programs as they are scheduled. Volunteers interested in working directly with children must be willing to be background-checked and fingerprinted.

Time Commitment     Field trips are held either at the Palo Alto Baylands or Alviso Marina County Park on Thursday and Friday mornings, from approximately 9:00AM-12:30PM. We will work with your availability.
Required Skills Docents should be comfortable with public speaking, patient in working with children, and eager to educate on environmental topics. Novice birders are welcome; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds and bay! Training is provided. Read more Volunteer Information (PDF). Interested volunteers should contact Kym Sugano, the Educational Programs Specialist at programs@scvas.org.
Classroom Presenter

Visit classrooms to teach children about birds and nature. We have a number of different 30-minute to 1-hour presentations, including slideshows and a local birds presentation that uses actual feathered bird skins and real nests as props. Each of our presentations is fully scripted and novice-friendly. Volunteers interested in working directly with children must be willing to be background-checked and fingerprinted.

Time Commitment Scheduled by appointment, usually on weekdays.
Required Skills Anyone interested and/or passionate about birding, nature, environmental science, and sharing that with elementary students. You don't have to be an expert birder; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds! Training is provided. Interested volunteers should contact Kym Sugano, the Educational Programs Specialist at programs@scvas.org.
 
Google Bird Walk Guide
Strong birders are needed to help lead monthly bird walks along the Google campus. These short walks will help encourage Googlers to learn more about the birds in their own backyards.
Time Commitment One day per month for no more than an hour in the mornings.
Required Skills Some birding knowledge required. If interested, please contact Mackenzie Mossing at mackenzieSCVAS@gmail.com
 
Field Trip Docent

Guide students in exploring and learning about birds and nature in the great outdoors. You can lead small groups of schoolchildren in schoolyard bird walks and field trips or guide children and their families in our Young Audubon programs. If you don't feel comfortable leading your own group, be a support docent. Volunteers interested in working directly with children must be willing to be background-checked and fingerprinted.

Time Commitment     The school programs are scheduled on weekdays by appointment, and Young Audubon trips are usually scheduled on weekends.
Required Skills Anyone interested and/or passionate about birding, nature, environmental science, and sharing that with people of all ages. Novice birders are welcome; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds! Training is provided. Interested volunteers should contact Kym Sugano, the Educational Programs Specialist at programs@scvas.org.
Egret Docents
We need docents to help provide information to Google employees at the egret rookery on Shorebird Way in Mountain View. This is a great way to see the egrets up close and personal as they raise their young!
Time Commitment This opportunity starts the first week of May and will run through mid-July on Thursdays between 11:30AM-1:30PM and on occasional weekends.
Required Skills All birding levels are encouraged and welcome! Docents will be provided with a short training as needed. If interested, please contact Mackenzie Mossing at mackenzieSCVAS@gmail.com.