Volunteer at our Center — Learn, Laugh and Help!

No matter what your interests or talents may be, you can help:  volunteer teachers, Center hosts, animal caretakers, office and general indoor/outdoor help are just some of the skills that keep your Glastonbury Center going.

We will provide full instruction and information; you just need to bring a willingness to learn and a cheerful smile!  If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities described below, contact Center Director Michelle Eckman at 860-633-8402 ext. 205 or meckman@ctaudubon.org.  Our Center is fully handicapped-accessible.   If you have allergic reactions to animals, this may not be the place for you!  Click here to download a printable application form (please print the two pages back to back on one sheet).  These are just some of the ways you could help your Center:

Phone, Reception & Nature Store Hosts:  We need cheerful, helpful people (you can bring a friend & work in twos!) who enjoy talking to the public on the phone and in person.  Phone and reception volunteers need to be empathetic and helpful to people are shopping our Nature Store or have questions about hurt or orphaned animals.  Some office or clerical help is also appreciated.  We need volunteers from 10-3 daily except Sundays to help keep our Center open for the public.  Saturday volunteers are especially important and must be able to function independently without staff supervision.  Training will be offered by staff and experienced volunteers.  We also have openings for both adult and youth animal caretakers.

Administrative Help: Assist the Director with such tasks as phone calls, correspondence, research and others as needed.  This would be good experience for students in business or secretarial schools.

Volunteer Coordination: Would you like to learn how to recruit, screen and train volunteers?  Did you know that this is a career that you can get certification in?  Our Director would love to teach a couple of people how to work with volunteers to the best advantage for the CT Audubon Center.  Learn to organize groups of volunteers, schedule volunteers to cover office, events and animal care, work with court-ordered volunteers, involve teens, and recruit for specific needs.  Volunteers are wonderful to work with and they need guidance, training and encouragement in order for them to have a good time and be the most help to the Center.  Help us do our very best!

Publicity Volunteer:  Help us fill our Center for all of the wonderful programs we do!  We are looking for someone who will come in once per week for at least an hour to work on entering our event information on-line into community calendars, and event and tourism websites.  An organized person with some publicity experience would be very helpful.  Keep track of our on-line listings, update as needed, and provide a list to our publicity volunteer team of which events have been listed and where.

Gardening Volunteers:  Experienced gardeners are needed to maintain the teaching and wildlife gardens around our Center.  Weeding, transplanting, pruning and mulching are among the skills required.  Bring a friend or two and help beautify the Center grounds for our visitors.  After a brief training and orientation session, volunteers can garden on their own schedules.

Event Committee Volunteers:  Our events raise money to support our Center, care for our animals, provide Science education for thousands of children each year, raise awareness and are fun to work on.  There is something for everyone to do!  From publicity to taking minutes, planning public education programs,  hanging photographs to setting up tents, cooking or baking, setting up or cleaning up, asking for donations or putting up posters, you name it we need your help!  Opportunities include Adult & Family Education Programs and the annual Photo Contest, Earth Fair & Harvest Dinner.  Join a committee and find yourself in the midst of community members who enjoy doing what they are doing, have fun doing it and help us accomplish our mission!

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