The RMRP thanks you for your interest in volunteering with us. All aspects of your volunteer efforts will help us with our mission: To inspire the protection and appreciation of raptors and the spaces where they live through excellence in rehabilitation, research, and education. The experience and opportunity will be rewarding in that you will have helped to change the world—one bird, one person, one heart, and one life at a time.

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We have the following volunteer opportunities:

1] Reception Desk Volunteer:

Duties: Phone answering, greeting guests, light office work:

Shifts: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. [2 hour minimum shift]

Requirements: Applicant must be friendly and personable with good phone skills and hearing. Those 16 and 17 years of age must have parent approval.

How to apply: Please submit Vol Application 2016.  This will be followed by an interview and background check.

Current Opening(s): Wednesdays & Fridays from 8am to 1pm, and Thursdays all day.

 

2] Rodent Wrangler Volunteer:

Duties: Care for a small breeding colony of mice and/or rats, including handling of rodents, cleaning cages, feeding, and providing water.

Shifts: ~2 to 4 hours anytime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., 7 days a week

Requirements: Must have a current tetanus shot. Those 16 and 17 years of age must have parent approval.

How to apply: Please submit Vol Application 2016. This will be followed by an interview and background check.

Current Opening(s): Daily opportunities are dependent on your availability and our needs. We can discuss shift options during the interview.

 

3] Bird Care Volunteer: We are currently accepting applicants to start on April 29th 2017.

Volunteers wishing to participate will undergo extensive training and, if successful, have the opportunity to work with and around live raptors in either the rehabilitation of injured birds and/or the care of our permanently disabled Educational Ambassadors (possibly including accompanying them to our community outreach events).

Duties: Attending training sessions/classes, cleaning raptor enclosures with or without a bird present in the enclosure, and preparing an appropriate raptor diet which will include butchering, gutting, and apportioning rabbits, rodents and other natural prey items. Volunteer will also be making observations of raptor movements and behavior and safely working in close proximity with the birds while maintaining the facility.

Shifts: A minimum of one 4-hour shift per week and a one-year commitment. Shifts run daily at 7 a.m., ~10 a.m., and 4 p.m.

Two owls and voluntersRequirements: Volunteers must be 18 or older, have a current tetanus shot, sign a liability waiver, and pass a background check.  [Those 16 & 17 years of age may have the opportunity to volunteer in the bird care capacity if they first start as a rodent wrangler or if they have a parent in the bird care program that has achieved RMRP's Husbandry certification.] Bird care volunteers are required to pay a non-refundable $40 fee for the first year and then $25 for each consecutive year while they maintain their volunteer status with the RMRP. Bird care volunteers must be able to walk distances, walk on uneven surfaces such as gravel and snow, be outside in all types of weather, bend, rake, scrub, carry a bucket of water, carry tools in both hands at the same time, have good balance, be able to respond quickly to fast moving flying birds, have good observational skills, have good written and oral communication skills, and good time management.

Training: Bird care volunteers must firmly commit upfront to three training classes. Dates of those training sessions will be discussed with the volunteer after submission of application. After the first three sessions volunteers are then required to attend one shift per week for the following eight weeks without absence.

As training progresses, and based on acquired skill levels, commitment, and willingness to listen and learn, the volunteer will be given the opportunity to work hands on with birds, assist with rehabilitative care for the injured raptors, and learn how to handle our Educational Ambassadors.

How to apply: If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you must first schedule a volunteer shadowing experience. To schedule a volunteer shadowing opportunity, please contact Lisa Winta at lisa@rmrp.org or (970) 484-7756 or fill out shadowing request at the bottom of this page. Shadowing opportunities are two hours in duration and can occur at 7 a.m., ~10am,  or 4 p.m. You must be able to meet the physical aspects of volunteering in order to shadow. You must wear closed-toed shoes to the shadowing experience and you will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to the shadowing.

Following the shadowing experience, individuals desiring to move into training will need to submit a resume, Vol Application 2016, and statement of purpose to Lisa Winta at lisa@rmrp.org. Your statement of purpose should answer: Why would you like this volunteer opportunity? What do you hope to gain from this experience? What do you hope to contribute to the RMRP? Please also include any additional information. This will be followed by an interview and background check. You may turn in your application and accompanying information via e-mail to lisa@rmrp.org, or by fax to 970-484-7763, or my mail to 2519 S. Shields St., #115, Fort Collins, CO. 80526.

Current Opening(s): We currently are accepting applications for 5 bird care openings to start on April 29th, 2017.  Please review the application process and submit all materials to Lisa@RMRP.org.

Note: This is a competitive program. Not all who apply will be selected for an interview.

 

4] Internships 

We also have internship opportunities in our Rehabilitation Department and our Public Outreach Department. If you are interested in a more intensive training experience, please refer to these options here.

 

Shadowing Opportunity Request

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. In order to shadow you must have read the bird care job description and be capable of all the physical aspects required for bird care volunteers. Additionally, anyone who shadows a shift will be required to read and sign a liability waiver.
  • After submitting this form someone will be in contact with you to confirm when your shadowing experience will happen.