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Volunteer Staff Program

Since its beginning, the Avian Conservation Center and The Center for Birds of Prey has relied on Volunteer Staff members to carry out its mission of providing medical treatment for injured birds of prey and shorebirds, presenting educational programs to thousands of people throughout the state, and conducting avian research and field studies that benefit South Carolina and the entire nation.

Whether working with injured wild birds of prey in the Avian Medical Clinic or with resident birds in the Education Department, extensive training and experience are critical to your success. A progressive training program, including educational workshops, hands-on experience and one-on-one mentor shadowing enable Volunteer Staff members to increase their knowledge and expand skills on a continuing basis.

There are many different areas in which you can serve, whether you like to work with the public or prefer to work behind the scenes. You will be able to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors, school groups and community organizations. You will also have the opportunity to participate in continuing education programs about our collection and exhibits. We encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity.

New Volunteer Staff training programs are scheduled on a quarterly basis. Information about upcoming sessions will be posted on this site.

Volunteer Commitment

  • Orientation Program
  • Basic Training
  • Minimum of three sessions of one-on-one mentor training
  • Minimum of eight hours of volunteer service per month
  • Regular attendance at monthly Volunteer Staff meeting
  • Regular attendance at Quarterly Volunteer Staff Training


Volunteer Internship Program

The goal of the Center's Volunteer Internship Program is to provide pre-professional, in-service experiential learning opportunities for students interested in environmental issues and ethics, avian medicine and rehabilitation, and/or avian research.

  • Offered to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Credit/Non-credit. The Center does not itself award credit for internships; however, we are pleased to work with academic institutions in meeting student needs.
  • Areas: Medical/Education/Research/Specific Course of Study

Required Qualifications
Candidates must meet all of the following qualifications at the time of application:

  • Enrolled at least part-time in an accredited high school, college or university
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Candidate must be citizen of the United States
  • Candidate must be at least 16 years of age
  • Candidate must have strong communication, analytical and writing skills
  • Pre-service interview with Center's supervisory staff
  • Candidate must exhibit a positive attitude and strong work ethic

How to Apply
Candidates interested in applying to the Center's Volunteer Internship Program must submit a complete application package. The application package must include the following:

  • Internship Application and cover letter describing interest;
  • Resume outlining educational background, work experience, etc.;
  • Official academic transcript;
  • Two letters of academic recommendation with contact information;
  • If pursuing academic credit, a letter of faculty sponsorship from your college or university with sponsor's contact information. This letter must come from a school official and must indicate their willingness to serve as your sponsor;
  • Waiver of Liability form

To request an application packet, send an email to or call the Center at 843-971-7474.

This is a Volunteer Internship Program. All expenses, transportation, housing/lodging, meals and incidentals are the sole responsibility of the student intern. 

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Call the Center immediately
at (843) 971-7474 to report it.

When you find an injured bird of prey or shorebird, your quick response may save its life. For complete instructions, see handling the injured bird.

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Upcoming Events

For more details about any of these activities, please see our Events page.

  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition - February 13 - 15
  • New Volunteer Staff Orientation and Injured Bird Transport Workshop - March 1
  • Grand Re-Opening - March 7
  • International Migratory Bird Day - May 9
  • International Vulture Awareness Day - September 5
  • Pollinators' Week with the Birds and Bees - June 18 - 20
  • Migration to Memminger, Annual Gala - October 15
  • Owls in the Moonlight - March 5, July 30, November 5
  • Photography Day - March 8, April 19, May 10, November 8, 
  • December 13
  • Painted Bunting Bird Walk - May 2 and 16, June 6 and 13
  • Native Birds of South Carolina Bird Walk - July 11 and 25, August 1 and 15

For more details about any of the above activities, please see our Events page.

Hours & Location

The Center for Birds of Prey
4719 Highway 17N
Awendaw, SC 29429
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We are Open to the Public
Thurs. – Sat.: 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Tour Times: 10:30a.m. & 2:00p.m.

Buy Tickets Online
or call (800) 979-3370

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1247
Charleston, SC 29402

Phone: 843.971.7474
Fax: 843.971.7029