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Volunteer

We owe the success of our chapter to our many dedicated volunteers! There are a wide variety of opportunities in education, conservation, and organizational support, as an individual or on a committee. Our staff 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. Check out our Volunteer Spotlight to see some of the incredible volunteers behind SCVAS.

 

Please contact our Education and Outreach Manager at (408) 627-7172 or at outreach@scvas.org if you have any specific questions about volunteering.

 

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Pressing Volunteer Needs

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@scvas.org.

Time Commitment     One weekend day each month; 9:00am-12:00pm. 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.
 
Field Trip Leaders
We need leaders for our "Backyard Birds at McClellan Ranch" walks. You don't have to be an expert birder, and we are happy to train you. For more information, contact Field Trip Coordinator, Eve Meier, at scvasfieldtrips@gmail.com.
Time Commitment     Up to you! These are scheduled according to your availability.
Required Skills No skills are required and training is provided. However, interested volunteers should enjoy the outdoors and feel comfortable speaking to groups of different backgrounds.
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 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 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 May 8th and will run every Wednesday through June, 11:00AM-1:00PM. 
Required Skills All birding levels are encouraged and welcome! Docents will be provided with a short training as needed. If interested, please contact Carolyn Knight at programs@scvas.org
 
Facebook Roof Surveys
Birders are needed to help with monthly bird surveys of Facebook's 9-acre living roof in Menlo Park.
Time Commitment These take place the morning of the first Friday of each month, and space is limited. 
Required Skills Some birding knowledge required. If interested, please contact Shani Kleinhaus at advocate@scvas.org
   
July 4th Burrowing Owl Guards
Volunteers are needed to assist the City of Mountain View with crowd management during the celebration and fireworks display at Shoreline Park. Because of access and permitting requirements, RSVPs are required - contact outreach@scvas.org.
Time Commitment      6:00PM-10:30PM on the evening of July 4th. 
Required Skills No required skills needed, except dedication to helping protect Burrowing Owls.
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.

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...
  • • 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.
  • • 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 birding field trip for local beginner or expert birders.
  • • Library Maintain our extensive library, including 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.
  • • Technology Support Help maintain and improve our technological capacity and equipment to support our many programs.
  • • Newsletter Support Help pursue 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 Get involved in our many conservation efforts. Evaluate and set conservation policies for our chapter. Take action 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.
  • • 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.

For more information about volunteering, please apply.

Complete the form below and our Education and Outreach Manager will contact you with more information about volunteering.

       

Last modified November 2017.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

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What interests you (check all that apply)?
We have many opportunities.
Youth education
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Spring Birdathon
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Office
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