Volunteers are not paid– not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

Looking to become involved? Need Community Service Hours? There is something for everyone!


Welcome Center

The Welcome Center is looking for friendly volunteers to help out at the front desk to greet visitors, answer phones, and ring in sales in the Owl Shop. We also need help with data entry, mailings, and other administrative tasks.

Basic comfort with using a computer and point of sale. We will provide on the job training as needed, just bring your love for nature and a smile!

When: Weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hours are flexible)
Ages 16+

To apply, please fill out the form below and return to Office Manager Becky Knight at bknight@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 x11


Help Spread the Word!

Looking for volunteers to occasionally help distribute Norman Bird Sanctuary event flyers around Newport County; made easy because we have compiled a list of places with community boards! 

Please contact Lesley Muir, Director of Special Events lmuir@normanbirdsanctuary.org
or401-846-2577 x17


The Good Gardens

The Good Gardens is looking for volunteers to assist URI Master Gardeners in the education garden, hoop house, and compost area with native plantings, garden design and more. You'll learn herb and vegetable gardening techniques and the benefits of using native plants.

Register at the link below and we will contact you regarding your availability.


Mabel's Garden

URI Master Gardeners are looking for volunteers to help out in the historic Mabel's Garden, featuring robust decorative plantings and serene pathways. You'll learn about the incredible history of the garden, the benefits of native plants, and advanced gardening techniques. 

Register at the link below and we will contact you regarding your availability.

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With 325 acres we are always in need of help with trail maintenance, stone wall repair, weeding, raking etc.

Contact Properties Director Joseph McLaughlin at jmclaughlin@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 ext. 12

You can also download our Properties Volunteer Application by clicking HERE

Mabel’s Gardeners are a group of volunteers who maintain the walled garden by Paradise Farmhouse (home to our benefactor, Mabel Norman) Like to get your hands dirty? This is the job for you!

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Interested in Working with Animals?

Thanks to one of our dedicated volunteers Portsmouth Abbey

Thanks to one of our dedicated volunteers Portsmouth Abbey

Join the Norman Bird Sanctuary to become an animal care volunteer!  We need dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help us care for a variety of education animals, including reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.  No prior experience is necessary.

You can also download our Education Volunteer Application by clicking HERE.

Schedules and assignments are flexible, though volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly or biweekly schedule.  Volunteers must be 18 or older.  Training is provided.

For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please e-mail Mark at mpagliarini@normanbirdsanctuary.org