If you would like to help inspire a respect of nature through an appreciation of birds, consider joining our team of dedicated volunteers! To learn more about what volunteers do at the Aviary, click here.

How to join the Adult Volunteer Program at the National Aviary:

1) Complete a volunteer application. Applications for the May 16th orientation must be received by April 15, 2017. (The next Orientation will be September 6, 2017.)

2) Interview with the Manager of Volunteer & Intern Programs. There are many opportunities to volunteer and many skill sets needed to effectively run our Aviary programs. This interview helps us to assess your interests and compatibility with our expected needs, along with your schedule of availability.

3) Complete applications which include the authorizations for your criminal record, child abuse and FBI fingerprint investigations. We must have satisfactory clearances on all of these investigations in order for you to volunteer at the National Aviary. 

4) Attend the National Aviary’s formal Volunteer Orientation  (May 16th). You may be invited after a satisfactory criminal records check. Orientation is a prerequisite to your first volunteer experience at the Aviary.

Acceptance into the National Aviary Volunteer Program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of all four steps as determined by the National Aviary.  Initial and ongoing volunteer status is always at the sole discretion of the National Aviary of Pittsburgh, Inc.


Teen Volunteer Program

The application process for Summer 2017 is now closed.

The 2017 teen volunteer program is open to students who will be 14-17 by June 1, 2017.   You can find more information here.

If you are interested in becoming a teen volunteer, please complete an application between December 1, 2016 - February 1, 2017.