As a bird rescue volunteer, you would respond to calls received by the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary concerning a wild bird in distress. A huge portion of these rescues are in regards to large seabirds and birds of prey that are dangerous and/or intimidating for the general public to handle. Bird rescue volunteers work designated geographic areas of their own choosing.

  • Drain, Scrub and refill pools, bird baths, and fountains.
  • Scrub benches.
  • Rake pens and pathways.
  • Wash dishes.
  • Laundry.
  • Food preparation.
  • Answering phones.
  • Assisting customers.
  • Completing sales transactions.
  • General housekeeping.
  • Greet visitors as they enter the Sanctuary.
  • Answer questions from Sanctuary visitors.
  • ​Conduct group tours of the Sanctuary.
  • All volunteer applicants must possess an interest in birds and have the ability to work with wild birds and the general public.
  • All volunteer applicants must posses a mature, professional, and responsible attitude at all times.
  • ​All volunteer applicants must be willing to undergo a general background check.
  • All volunteer applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All volunteer applicants must posses a valid drivers license, state ID, or U.S. passport.
  • All volunteer applicants must be willing to commit to a dependable schedule of your preference and convenience.
  • All volunteer applicants must sign a confidentiality agreement and Sanctuary release form releasing the Sanctuary of any responsibility for injury or illness.
  • All volunteer applicants must abide by a dress code set by the Sanctuary which includes no tank tops, no midriff tops, no cut-off shorts or shorts that are too short in length, no open-toed shoes, and no clothing with offensive words or pictures.

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a drug and alcohol free workplace.
  • Children and/or all other persons other then Sanctuary volunteers are not permitted to accompany you during your scheduled volunteer time. Your work as a volunteer is important and requires your undivided attention.
  • Your volunteer tenure can be reevaluated and/or terminated at the discretion of the Sanctuary staff at any time.

For more information on volunteering at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary:

  • Visit the Sanctuary Gift Shop Tuesday - Saturday between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm.
  • Call the Sanctuary at: 727-391-6211.
  • Email the Volunteer Cordinator at:
  • Admitting new patients (some experience and/or special training required).
  • Direct bird care and observation (some experience and/or special training required).
  • Cleaning cages.
  • Sweeping, mopping, and other general housekeeping.
  • Washing dishes.
  • Laundry.
  • Food preparation.

Like any non-profit organization, volunteers are extremely vital to the operation of the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. Without our dedicated volunteers, The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary would not be able to continue it's important mission of saving our indigenous wild birds.​ The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is always looking for new volunteers to help further our mission.

Please continue reading for information on what volunteer positions are available. The areas outlined below are general positions. The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary needs volunteers who posses a variety of skills including docents, handymen, carpenters, gardeners, office skills, computer data entry, computer programming, and much more.