Volunteers make things work

You can make a difference in the lives of birds at Free Flight. People help birds while birds help people. 

The volunteer opportunities are flexible and work with your availability. A minimum twice monthly 2-hour shift is required, except for special events and maintenance volunteers.

Volunteer Handyman Charlie with his favorite assistant, Casper the Umbrella Cockatoo

Volunteer Handyman Charlie with his favorite assistant, Casper the Umbrella Cockatoo

Ways to get involved:

  • Docent Programs

  • Avian Care and Socialization:
    Duties include cage cleaning, yard cleanup, feeding the birds, and helping visitors socialize with the birds.

  • Sanctuary Maintenance:
    Help with repairs, yard work and miscellaneous tasks.

  • College Internships:
    Internships are typically 8-16 hours a week for a 3-6 month period to meet the desired outcome. Internships focus on 3 areas: animal husbandry in a sanctuary setting, public interaction and education.

  • Special Events:
    Volunteers help with marketing and setting up fundraising events, summer programs and community engagement events as well as working the events.

If you are Interested in Volunteering with us, Please stop by and pick up an application during our open hours!


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Volunteer Benefits:

  • Make a difference

  • Gain experience while having fun

  • Broaden your education


Special Thanks to Our Recent volunteers:

as of June 2019

  • Rachael Barry

  • Henry Betts

  • Megan Brown

  • Gwen Edwards

  • Celeste Ely

  • Lindsey Everett

  • Nicholas Everett

  • Donna Fipps

  • Sara Gannon

  • Brittni Green

  • Leela Hammond

  • Sinnia Hammond

  • Maya Higa

  • Emma Lee

  • Amanda Lindamayer

  • Sam Mariscal

  • Krista Millen

  • Larry Morrison

  • Berenice Schroeder

  • Susan Seaboch

  • Kathleen Sullivan

  • Mary Sun

  • Annie Trembley

  • Barbara Wells

  • Lain West

  • April Williams

  • Liben Yang

Free Flight relies on our dedicated volunteers who help us everyday. 

Thank you!


Thanks to Carmel Valley Boy Scout Troop 765 for volunteering to build a new enclosure for our crowned crane, Princess!

Thanks to Carmel Valley Boy Scout Troop 765 for volunteering to build a new enclosure for our crowned crane, Princess!

Did You Know?
Many parrot species are still threatened by trade as well as habitat loss, predation by introduced species, and being hunted for food or feathers.