Become a Festival Volunteer

At this time, organizing the Festival is an all-volunteer project. That is not, however, the model we seek moving forward.

It is our goal to build the resources needed to make some initially volunteer roles paid roles, provide compensation for contract roles and develop a volunteer program that is inclusive and meets community needs.

Raising funds is hard work and especially hard for new organizations. We know that It will take time to meet this goal and appreciate your patience.

In the meantime, we welcome input and suggestions on practical, workable solutions to the problem of privilege in volunteering.

We deeply appreciate the gift that all volunteers make. We try to offer many different opportunities to volunteer—short-term, project-based remote, independent, group, skilled and skill-developing etc. and to make every volunteer experience positive and meaningful.

Volunteering can also be a way to gain experience and  skills that open doors to new opportunities. If there is specific skill for your résumé that we can help you develop through volunteering, please let us know. 

We welcome your interest in being part of the Festival. Thank you!

Volunteers must be age 16+ unless they are part of a supervised group. We welcome volunteers 13+ with permission from guardians in certain circumstances. Email us with questions.


In addition to the specific needs listed below, we welcome general inquiries about volunteering, as well as interest in fundriaising, community relations, and exhibitor and sponsor opportunities. Please email us at

Chonky Purple Sandpiper


Program committee volunteers assist in evaluating, researching and developing proposals and ideas for programming. Because this is a collaborative, discussion-based assignment, we ask for 3-4 hours a month and 2 month commitment. Online.

The Nominating Committee meets quarterly (2 hours online) to review candidates for the Board and make recommendations for adding new Trustees. Between meetings, the Committee reviews applications.

In addition, the Nominating Committee makes recommends for ongoing improvements to the  recruiting, evaluating and onboarding processes for the next term.

Governance or HR management experience is useful. 

If you’re skilled with digital content, websites, social media, writing, email planning, photos, etc. and you like our communications, we’re looking for help a couple of hours per week. Online, work on your own with feedback, support and direction. 2 month commitment (2-4 hours a week) 

As a new initiative, the Festival relies on good data to meet its goals.

We welcome experienced analysts who can work with us to develop a data strategy and reporting system for different aspects of the Festival. This might be a good opportunity to design a data project for a case study, class, or resume. Online. Assignment-based.

We’re looking for a few skilled Zoom techs to support evening presentations once or twice a month.

Help us manage, triage and organize email requests and inquiries. Online, about 15 minutes a day. Some meetings. Collaborative.


If you are going birding anyway, be a trip scout and share your impressions. 

Sign up above with your location, and we’ll send you a a list of questions along with some suggested trips in your area.

Volunteer trip leaders needed for ocassional 2024 trips, often in partnership with other conservation and environmental justice organizations.  We also offer occasional private walks for organizations we value.

Through these partners, we have lead walks for new immigrant families, students with learning, and mental health issues, visiting scientists and climate activists. Join us in giving back.

We aim to make Festival programs as low-impact and (ideally no impact and even more ideally negative-impact) as possible. If you’d like to join us in questioning choices and finding a better way, reach out!

The Festival seeks a volunteer to assist and advise us in finding partners and creating programs that support  teachers and educators, including professional development options and certifications.

Black-belied Plover

FALL 2024

Check back soon.

PHOTOS: Purple Sandpiper. Marbled Godwit. Black Bellied Plover