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 spring orientation must be received by February 28, 2015.

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 and child abuse investigations. We will need the background investigation authorization and the ORIGINAL child abuse investigation authorization back for processing. We must have satisfactory clearances on both of these investigations in order for you to volunteer at the National Aviary. Please note that prospective volunteers are asked to pay for the investigations which are then submitted by the National Aviary once you have satisfactorily completed an interview. (estimated cost: $20.00)

4) Attend the National Aviary’s formal Volunteer Orientation  (March 28th or October 10th). 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 2015 teen volunteer program is open to students who will be 14-17 by June 1, 2015.   You can find more information here.

If you are interested in becoming a teen volunteer, please complete an application by March 1, 2015.