Thank you for your interest in volunteering or interning with the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. Due to Covid-19, we are not offering new volunteer opportunities until further notice. We are assessing impacts of the virus and will re-open volunteer orientations when the threat passes in our community. 3/30/2020

At the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, volunteers are
indispensable to everything we do. Join us!

As a program volunteer, you can help provide A Second Chance at Freedom to the hundreds of eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons that are injured or suffer illness each year. Volunteers provide healing care, participate in educational programs, offer clerical support, participate in public outreach, and help with our day-to-day operations.

We are one of the few raptor centers in Colorado in which volunteers are allowed to work hands on with these amazing creatures once the volunteer goes through our training program.

As a volunteer, you will work closely with fun, dedicated individuals to learn about these amazing creatures we work with everyday. You may select from a list of volunteer openings that match your experience, available time, goals, and interest.

Non-bird related jobs include:

  • Reception Desk Staffing
    • greeting guests
    • office phone
    • clerical work - Microsoft office
    • data entry
    • mailings
    • filing
  • Outreach Support
    • fundraising support (donor thank-yous & committee work)
    • special event planning
    • special event staffing
    • staffing outreach exhibits
    • talking about the RMRP mission and providing informal information about raptors
  • Indoor and Outdoor Maintenance
    • landscape maintenance
    • pulling of weeds
    • mowing of tall vegetation
    • misc building of perches/cage repairs
  • Rodent Breeding and Care
    • handling live mice & rats
    • cleaning rodent cages
    • providing rodent food
  • Miscellaneous Other Activities

Many volunteers work directly with raptors. In order to work hands on with raptors, you will be required to participate in a detailed training program. Working with these birds requires a great deal of dedication and commitment. All volunteers wishing to work with birds go through a screening process.

Volunteers accepted into the program may be able to learn the following tasks:

  • how to work safely around the raptors
  • how to clean cagesBonnie Cleaver handling an educational Barn Owl
  • how to prepare food
  • complete daily records about each bird you work with
  • interact with and feeding the raptors
  • maintain the facility
  • care for and handle educational raptors
  • assist with bringing educational raptors out to public educational events
  • care for and assist with raptors under rehabilitation

If you would like to learn more about each of these opportunities, please read the Volunteer Opportunities page.

Volunteer Information

Volunteer Opportunities 

Bird Care Training 

Volunteer Application


If you are looking for a more structured and higher-level experience, we do offer non-paid internships in rehabilitation and public outreach.