Volunteer Opportunities : AIRBORNE Raptors

Airborne Raptor Volunteers

Do you have a positive, enthusiastic attitude about engaging the public? Do you communicate well? Do you work independently and resourcefully? Do you have good observational skills? If so, you’re an ideal candidate for our Airborne Raptor Volunteer Program.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff presents live raptor programs seasonally at noon and 2:00 PM from May through September. Volunteers assist staff with animal care, handling, training, and feeding, as well as with public presentations. They help get the birds ready before programs and hold them during the question-and-answer period at the end of a show.

Why become a Raptor Program volunteer?

Learn: You’ll expand your awareness, understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation for local natural areas and wildlife. You’ll learn by apprenticing with experienced raptor handlers.

Teach: You’ll participate by educating others.

Connect: As part of a dedicated volunteer program, you’ll attend occasional social meetings with others to share stories and discuss experiences working with the Airborne Raptor Program.

What’s required to become a volunteer?

Knowledge: You must learn about different raptors, and understand the importance of each species and their habitat.

Commitment: You must commit to 25 scheduled hours of service during the calendar year, which includes some weekends and holidays.

How do I become a volunteer?

New raptor volunteers learn through apprenticeship with staff and experienced volunteers. Topics covered in training include:

  • Basic raptor handling
  • Making positive contact with the public
  • Characteristics of the many different types of raptors
  • Methods for wild animal rehabilitation

Contact Kim Helfinstine at (928) 774-1442, ext. 124, or e-mail Kim Helfinstine if you would like to help with the wildlife program.