Nature's Educators Volunteer Application

Thank you for applying to volunteer with us! We will review your application and will contact you if you fit our needs at the time. Please do not contact us regarding your application. If we email you to set up an interview and you do not respond within a week, we will assume you are not interested and we will not set up an interview.

It takes time and money for us to train a new volunteer. If you know that you will not be able to commit at least one year to Nature's Educators, please wait to apply with us until you have the time.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Be 18 years or older. Be able to commit at least 10 hours per month for 1 year. Have reliable transportation. Complete a training and pass an exam to become a raptor handler at the end of your first 3 months. The training is described below. There is a 3 month training period before handling any birds. During your 3 month period, you will shadow, observe, feed, clean, and learn. Provide your own raptor handling gloves (NaturesEd will advise). Have access to the internet and be able to correspond via email regularly. Have some level of animal experience or public speaking skills. Be able to pay $20 for a background check. Be able to pay for the raptor training at $100 described below. If you are simply wanting to feed and clean, there is no need for the course, polo, or other items.
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    Training and Costs

    Nature's Educators takes pride in having skilled, knowledgeable volunteers. At the end of your 3 month probationary (learning) period, you will take our Raptors 101 course. At the end of this course, you will need to pass an exam with a 90% or better. We will give you the info needed to pass the exam! Take notes! You can retake the exam up to 3 times, but after that, will need to retake the entire training at half price. The training session costs $100. This will get you the course, a polo ($20 value), a name tag ($12 value), and 1 raptor handling glove ($45 value). The course will cover general raptor facts, our raptor ambassadors, general reptile facts and care, general info on our other animals, facility tour, safety and first aid, etc. If you are only interested in helping clean and feed, there is no need for the training course. You will also need to pass a background check before coming to your orientation day. This is online and costs $20.