Become A New Jersey Audubon Volunteer
Together We Can Work To Keep New Jersey Green!
Make new friends and do your part to help make New Jersey a better place while working with a great group of people–there’s so much you can learn by volunteering for New Jersey Audubon! You may enjoy working outside on our beautiful grounds while watching the ever-changing show at the bird feeders. Pick the brains of the experts while hauling birdseed! Browse through our libraries while stuffing envelopes. Play a part in determining legislative outcomes by helping prepare critical materials at our Trenton Policy Office, or pull on your boots to gather water and soil samples in support of our Citizen Science Program. Our resources are at your disposal when you volunteer!
The amount of time you devote is up to you – whether it’s for one day, or a year. Our volunteer opportunities (like the annual migrations) are sometimes seasonal and always arrive in “waves.” We will keep your application on file and do our best to match your interests and talents with the jobs at hand.
Here Are Just A Few Of The Ways NJA Volunteers Help Us Achieve Our Mission:
Marketing, Direct Mail and Public Outreach
- Staffing exhibit booths at fairs and special functions (NJA Eco-Ambassadors)
- Assembling important Membership and Donor mailings
- Website maintenance, graphic design and layout
- Entering computer data
Education & Research
- Leading nature walks and assisting on field trips
- Becoming a Trained Associate Naturalist or Teacher-Naturalist
- Preparing Arts and Crafts materials for Classes, Camps and Workshops
- Performing important Wildlife Research/Citizen Science
- Property and trail maintenance
- Building maintenance and repair
- Special projects (skills will vary with the specific project)
- Assist in research and writing for Corporate and Foundation grant requests
- Helping manage special fundraising events
- Store sales and reception
- Retail store inventory
- Special Projects – excel spreadsheets and updating Financial Procedures and forms.
General clerical — filing, typing, etc.
Your special skill is just what we need! Please help us achieve our mission. Together we can work to Keep New Jersey Green!
If you are interested in helping to serve NJ’s environment as a volunteer at New Jersey Audubon, please download and complete our Volunteer Application form and mail to NJ Audubon, 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to (908) 204-8960 or call the Staffed Nature Center nearest you to find out more.
Coffee, tea, snacks, and good company guaranteed!
Citizen Scientists Needed For Bird Surveys
The New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS) is currently recruiting volunteers for bird surveys coordinated through the Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit one weekend day in April for training and 2-4 days for surveys.
We welcome volunteers willing to take on more than one site and survey on multiple days.
Citizen Science Associates
Citizen Science Associates will be required to visit their assigned sites to determine avian abundance and distribution.
During the surveys, volunteers will use standard fixed-radius point count methodology to count birds from road-side or on-site points. Depending on road conditions, some points may only be accessible on foot.
NJAS staff will provide training to volunteers in point count survey methodology, and a detailed refresher on bird identification, prior to the start of the field season.
Grassland Associates are required to visit their site 2 times to count birds, once between May 15-May 31 and once between June 1-June 15.
If you are interested in participating in the Grasslands Project or for more information on this project, contact Kristin Mylecraine, New Jersey Audubon Society, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924, tel. (908) 766-5787 ext. 15 / fax (908) 766-7775.
Most of the available sites for this project are on managed private lands in South Jersey and will require some walking to access the points.
Piedmont Bird Survey Associates are required to visit their site and count birds once between May 24th and June 22nd.
If you are interested in participating in the Piedmont Surveys or for more information on this project, contact Nellie Tsipoura, New Jersey Audubon Society, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924; Phone: (908) 766-5787 ext. 20 ; Fax: (908) 766-7775.
Most of the points in the Piedmont survey will be on secondary roads and accessible by vehicle. Points in urban and suburban areas will be included in this survey; contact us to find out if your specific area of interest is covered.
This project is a collaborative effort of NJAS and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP). Data collected will further our knowledge of bird distribution and abundance in New Jersey.