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

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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.



Join our team! NBS is recruiting for interns to help us in a variety of positions.
All internships are unpaid, but we will work with you to obtain academic credit from your college or university.

Animal Care Internship

As a volunteer with the NBS education team, you will be responsible for assisting with the routine care and feeding of approximately 16 non-releasable education animals. Animals include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. We are seeking interns that are able to work independently, are self-motivated, and that share a passion for the environment and conservation of our natural resources.

The Animal Care Intern responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with all areas of animal husbandry, including diet preparation and feeding, behavioral observation, laundry, mopping, and other miscellaneous projects as needed.

  • Cleaning and maintaining tanks, filters, terrariums, and other enclosures.

  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment, prep areas, and other animal care spaces.

  • Following all animal care protocols and procedures as set forth by the Director of Education.

The Animal Care Internship Position has been filled for Summer 2019.

Check back soon to apply for the Winter 19/20 and/or Spring 2020 internships!

For more information, please contact:
Mark Pagliarini at mpagliarini@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 ext. 34

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Other Educational Internship Opportunities Include:

  • The Good Gardens educational garden (spring-fall)

  • Third Beach Education Center (summer)

  • Developing Education props/materials for programs (year-round)

  • Summer Camp (summer)

For more information, please contact Rachel Holbert at rholbert@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 Ext. 33

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Camp
Assistant Naturalists in Training

*All positions filled for 2019*
Check back in March 2020 for next year’s application!

ANTs assist Teacher Naturalists by reinforcing rules, themes, and concepts and help with daily camp duties.

Most ANTs gain between 70-105 community service hours.

Applicants must be entering 9-12th grade.



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.

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Interested in Working with Animals?

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