Seattle Audubon volunteer Etta Cosey at a community event

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How Do I Volunteer?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Birds Connect Seattle. Volunteers are the heart of our organization and have worked tirelessly for birds and nature since our founding in 1916.

Start your volunteer experience by clicking here to complete a volunteer registration. A link to the registration form also is found to the right, under “Volunteer Resources.”

Your email confirmation will direct you to the staff contact for each role. For general questions, email VolunteerC@birdsconnectsea.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have about 60 different types of volunteer positions — something for just about everybody! To view all positions, descriptions, skills desired, and time commitment, click here.

For some specific, priority needs, see tabs below.

The Nature Shop

 A Nature Shop volunteer is often the first person a new customer or program participant meets or speaks with. Volunteers in this role are vital to Birds Connect Seattle’s ability to be an open and welcoming organization.

  • Time commitment: after training, most shop volunteers have a recurring shift of 3.5 hours each week. Other volunteers may serve on an as-needed basis. A minimum commitment of three months is requested.

  • Responsibilities and skills: customer service in the retail shop; phone inquiries and orders; registration assistance for classes and field trips; comfortable with and/or ready to learn computer and point of sale systems; assistance with bird-and nature-related issues, including familiarity with Birds Connect Seattle’s conservation work and positions.

How to Apply

  1. New volunteers: complete an online volunteer registration.
  2. Interview with shop personnel (scheduled after initial call).
  3. Commit to a training schedule in coordination with shop staff.
Board of Directors

Birds Connect Seattle’s Board of Directors has opportunities for new members. Join us to support our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive.

Birds Connect Seattle is currently seeking individuals to serve on the volunteer board with a specific background in legal expertise, IT infrastructure, and/or conservation.

How to Apply

Birds Connect Seattle’s Governance Committee, chaired by the Board Vice President, is charged with the recruitment and nomination of new members to the Board of Directors. To apply:

  1. Review the full position description.
  2. Please complete an online volunteer application (if you do not already have an application on file with Birds Connect Seattle) and endorse your interest in serving on the Board of Directors.
  3. Also send an email to governance@birdsconnectsea.org including a brief statement of interest and attaching a resume or CV. Alternatively, these documents may be submitted via postal mail to Birds Connect Seattle, 8050 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Employer Matching Funds

Does your employer have a Matching Funds Program for your volunteer service in the community?
Employer matching gift programs are an easy way to instantly increase the impact of your gift of volunteer time to Birds Connect Seattle.  Please contact your employer’s human resources department to find out if your volunteer hours are matched.  Contact the Development Department at (206) 523-8243 x 105 to complete the process.


Birds Connect Seattle is not currently able to host interns.