Your health and safety is our utmost concern. That’s why the National Aviary has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While there is no known threat of COVID-19 at the National Aviary, out of an abundance of caution, the National Aviary will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31. During this time, dedicated staff will continue to care for the animals at the National Aviary. Status updates can be found here, on the National Aviary’s website.

Your health and safety is our utmost concern. That’s why the National Aviary has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While there is no known threat of COVID-19 at the National Aviary, out of an abundance of caution, the National Aviary will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31. During this time, dedicated staff will continue to care for the animals at the National Aviary. Status updates can be found here, on the National Aviary’s website.

BEAK

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: Tuesday, Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
           Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
           Summer hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Crafts: weekends 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Education Assistants are needed every day

Number of hours required: 2 - 4 hours per shift

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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. (Summer teens must apply by March 15th and commit to 4 hours of service per week.)

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 volunteer.coordinators@Aviary.org