Frequently Asked Questions
Who volunteers at Mass Audubon? What do volunteers do? Are there opportunities for teens? What if I can’t commit to a regular schedule? Can my alumni group volunteer? Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Who volunteers at Mass Audubon?
People of all ages—from high school sophomores to retired seniors—and from a variety of backgrounds volunteer at Mass Audubon. Our volunteers include people who enjoy nature, care about the environment, and like giving back to their community. They Include:
* Individuals, families, and corporate or community groups
* Students, parents, professionals, and retirees
* Seasonal, weekly, occasional, or one-time volunteers
Depending on their interests, experience, and the time they have available, volunteers contribute to Mass Audubon in a variety of meaningful ways—welcoming visitors to the sanctuaries, maintaining trails, tending gardens, submitting wildlife observations, educating people of all ages, assisting with ecological management projects.
Last year, over 14,000 people contributed their time, energy, and talents to Mass Audubon—and there’s always room for more! To find out about volunteer opportunities, see our Current Volunteer Opportunities.
What types of opportunities are available?
Volunteer positions are available from A to Z: Advocacy, Building and construction, Conservation, Design, Education, Front desk and visitor services, Gardening ... and more! See our Current Volunteer Opportunities.
How much time do I need to commit?
Whether you only have one Saturday morning to commit or are available one afternoon each week, you can make a difference at Mass Audubon.
For people who can make an ongoing commitment to a few hours each week, there are many opportunities – as front desk or gift shop volunteers, volunteer educators, property crew volunteers, or wildlife care volunteers.
Some volunteer positions are seasonal in nature, requiring a short-term commitment of several months. These include nest box monitors and other citizen science positions. Other seasonal opportunities include summer camp volunteers, such as Counselors in Training.
Special events and special projects—such as beach cleanups, fall festivals, and Statewide Volunteer Day—provide one-day opportunities for volunteers with busy schedules.
To find a volunteer position that fits your schedule, see our Current Volunteer Opportunities.
What are the benefits of volunteering at Mass Audubon?
As a Mass Audubon volunteer, you’ll develop new skills and knowledge, meet people who share your interests, and explore new possibilities while enjoying the natural beauty of our wildlife sanctuaries. Students have the opportunity to accrue community service credit. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of supporting our mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts—something to feel good about at the end of the day.
Volunteers who give 50 hours a year or more of service are eligible for a volunteer membership and receive a Volunteer I.D. card, which allows:
* Free admission to all Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries
* Free or discounted access to participating area museums and attractions
* Other benefits may be awarded by the sanctuary or department where the individual volunteers.
What are the requirements for volunteers?
Generally, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, although the minimum age varies with the specific position. Training is required and provided for some positions; some positions require a minimum time commitment. For many positions, a CORI/SORI check is required. See the specific position description for these and other special requirements.
How do I apply?
The contact person for each volunteer position is listed below the description. If you have special talents, interests, or skills that you would like to share with Mass Audubon, please contact our Statewide Volunteer Coordinator.
Can large groups volunteer as well?
Wildlife sanctuaries around the state welcome groups of volunteers to help with various projects. In the past, we have had the privilege of hosting corporate groups, school and alumni groups, scout troops, and community groups for fun, meaningful, and team-building experiences. Find out more about scheduling a group service project at Mass Audubon.