Join Seaside's Family of Volunteers

Being a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary relies on to operate and maintain its 1.5 acre facility. It is dedicated and passionate volunteers which allows Seaside to continue its important mission of rescuing and rehabilitating wild birds.

Seaside needs volunteers to perform a wide verity of duties throughout the Sanctuary. Seaside especially relies on volunteers who possess particular trade skills such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, etc.

Volunteers Needed...

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Rescue Team Volunteer.

Rescue Team Volunteer

Rescue Team Volunteers are responsible for going offsite to rescue injured birds and transporting them back to the Sanctuary's hospital. This is an on call position where the volunteer would get a call from the Sanctuary after receiving a call over the Sanctuary's rescue hotline. Rescue volunteers can choose what geographical location they will cover, as well as what days and times they are available to be on call.

*Special onsite training is required for this position.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary hospital staff examining an injured bird.

Hospital Assistant

Hospital Assistants work in the Sanctuary's hospital, assisting hospital staff with numerous duties such as food prep, feeding, cleaning cages, restraining birds during examination, filling out patient medical charts, admitting injured birds, general hospital cleaning, laundry, etc.

*Certain hospital duties require special training before allowed to perform.  

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Outdoor Avian Care Volunteer.

Outdoor Avian Care Assistant

Outdoor Avian Care Assistants assist the Sanctuary's Nutritian & Habitat Specialist with various outdoor duties in the Sanctuary including food prep & feeding, cleaning pools, raking out aviarie, scrubbing benches, cleaning & filling bird baths, etc

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary volunteer greeter.

Greeter/Tour Guide

A Sanctuary Greeter/Tour Guide is responsible for greeting Sanctuary visitors, answering general questions, directing visitors where to go when bringing in an injured bird, and conducting guided tours when scheduled.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary gift shop volunteer.

Gift Shop Clerk

Gift Shop Clerks are responsible for cashing out customers, stocking shelves, answering incoming phone calls, answering visitor questions, etc


Maintenance Volunteer

Maintenance Volunteers perform various maintenance duties around the Sanctuary such as painting, repairing holes in aviary netting, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing/pool repair, and general gardening & landscaping work such as weeding, raking, mowing grass, and tree trimming.

*Volunteers with special trade skills such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and landscapers are prefered. 

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary booth at 2017 Madeira Beach Fish Fry event in Madeira Beach, Florida.

Special Events Volunteer

A Special Events Volunteer would represent Seaside at scheduled offsite events and festivals. They would setup and man a Sanctuary booth, collect donations, sell merchandise, and answer general questions. They would also assist during special onsite Sanctuary events as well.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Pelican Hand-Feed Presentation.

Presentation Volunteer

A Presentation Volunteer gives regularly scheduled (daily or weekly) oral presentations or demonstrations for Sanctuary visitors. Examples of the types of presentations/demonstrations may be:

  • Pelican hand-feeding presentation.
  • Bird presentation/demonstration.
  • Wildlife photography classes.
  • Yoga classes.

*Training and/or special licenses may be required for certain presetations/presenters.

Requirements to Volunteer:

  • Applicants should posses a mature, professional, and responsible attitude at all times.
  • Applicants must be willing to undergo a general background check.
  • Applicants must posses a valid state issued drivers license, state issued ID, or U.S. passport.
  • Applicants must posses a valid state issued drivers license, state issued ID, or U.S. passport.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must be willing to commit to a dependable schedule.
  • Applicants must sign a confidentiality agreement and Sanctuary release form releasing the Sanctuary of any responsibility for injury or illness.
  • Applicants must abide by Seaside's dress code 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.
  • Children and/or all other persons other then the enrolled intern are not permitted to accompany you during your scheduled work time. Your work as an intern is important and requires your undivided attention.

*A volunteer's performance and tenure at the Sanctuary can be reevaluated and/or terminated at the discretion of Seaside Management at any time.

*The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a drug-free and alcohol-free workplace.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Volunteers.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Volunteers.

Download a Volunteer Application

Signup to become a volunteer at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary by downloading and filling out the Volunteer Application and returning it, along with your I.D., to the Sanctuary's giftshop Tuesdays - Saturday between the hours of 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Volunteer Application (pdf)


Have questions about Seaside's Volunteer Program? Contact Seaside's Volunteer Coordinator: