The best candidates for a volunteer position at the Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center are students pursuing a career in biology, zoology, wildlife science, or a related field.  Zoo and wildlife management professionals may also be interested in the Avian Husbandry and Management Program.

New volunteers focus on feeding the birds, cleaning aviaries, and working on special projects.  More experienced volunteers may also be involved with aspects of the avian breeding and research projects.

Volunteers must be willing to spend significant periods of time at the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Breeding Center in Scotland Neck, North Carolina, U.S.A. in order to assist in the day-to-day management of the avian collection and facilities. It may be especially beneficial to those who enjoy close contact with wildlife or to students who are attempting to gain valuable experience for careers in zoos and other animal-related fields.



Volunteers at the avian breeding center must be physically fit and willing to work outdoors in all but the most severe weather conditions.


Volunteer Requirements:
Must be 18 years of age
Capable of lifting 50 lbs.
Able to work outdoors in a rustic environment
Must have your own health insurance
A minimum of a two-week stay is preferable
Modified schedules may be arranged for local residents
Must provide your own transportation to and from the Center


To begin volunteering at the Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center, please contact (252) 826-3186 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.