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Volunteer At The National Aviary!

The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh's historic North Side, the National Aviary is home to a diverse collection of more than 500 birds from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. In our large walk-through exhibits, visitors get up close and personal with our free-flying flock. Through our staff-led daily programs, guests learn the importance of avian life in the natural world.

If you would like to help inspire a respect of nature through an appreciation of birds, consider joining our team of dedicated volunteers!


Docents are our front line. They act as exhibit interpreters, explain animal biofacts, and provide Aviary visitors with valuable wildlife and ecology information through informal talks and guided tours.

Must be at least 18 years old.
Must attend an orientation.
Must attend at least 6 of 12 monthly meetings on Saturday mornings.
Must be trained to conduct tours
Must commit to minimum of 70 hours of service per year. This equals volunteering one 2-hour shift each week for 35 weeks each year.
Shifts are scheduled according to the individual's availability.
Acceptance into the program is based on interviews, availability, and compatibility of interests.

Education Volunteers

Education Volunteers are committed to educating school children and the general public about our collection. These volunteers receive special training beyond that required of Docents. With more extensive training, they are able to assist with on-site and off-site educational programs to children and adults. Education Volunteers staff interactive experiences for our guests including the Lories and Friends feedings.

Must meet all Docent requirements
Must attend Lories Training
Must commit to 140 hours of service per year. This equals volunteering one 4-hour day each week for 35 weeks each year. Shifts are scheduled according to the individual's availability.

How to become a volunteer:

If you love birds and enjoy sharing your passion, contact the National Aviary to sign up for the next volunteer opportunities meeting! Contact the Tammy Frech, Education Manager at 412-258-9455, or email Volunteer Coordinator.

2012 Aviary Volunteer Opportunities Meetings:
August 4th 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
September 11th 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
October 6th 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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The National Aviary is supported in part through membership, donations, and funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
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