BEAK volunteers can take a variety of assignments: Birdly, Education Assistant and Krafts.

  • Birdly is our simulated flight experience which requires a Virtual Reality Operator.
  • Education Assistants travel with our educators as they present educational programming with live birds at locations around the Pittsburgh area. It’s a great way to learn about birds and conservation.
  • Kraft volunteers help children create themed crafts during special event weekends.

Days needed: Birdly and crafts: weekends, Education Assistants are needed every day

Number of hours required: 2 - 4 hours per day

Specific time/ shift required:  Birdly: 10:00 am– 5:00 pm, Education Assistant: Varies from early morning to early evening, Crafts: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm one weekend per month. Evening help occasionally needed.

Volunteer responsibilities:

  • Operate Birdly, the National Aviary’s flight simulation experience.
  • Assist with loading and unloading birds and program materials into the vehicle.
  • Assist driver with navigation
  • Ensure safety of the birds and audience
  • Volunteers work in pairs with children of all ages to create the craft designed and prepared by the National Aviary.
  • Volunteer may run a children’s game like Simon Says or our Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt.


  • Able to carry a crated bird or box of supplies (10-15 Lbs. max)
  • Must be able to use scissors, glue stick, tempera paint, paper punches etc.
  • Must enjoy working with children, have good interpersonal and communication skills.

Adult: Submit an online application.

Teen: Submit an online application.

Participate in a 20-30 minute interview.

Have reliable and convenient internet access.

Have reliable transportation to the National Aviary.

Attend new Volunteer Orientation.

Commit to a minimum of 4 hours of service per month.

Acceptance in to the program is based on your interview, availability and compatibility of interests.

For more information, contact Tammy Arnold: 412-258-9455 or