Volunteer at the Avian Breeding Center

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 (see below).

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.

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
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 ali@shwpark.com

Avian Husbandry Program

The Sylvan Heights Avian Husbandry & Management Program is designed for zoo and wildlife management professionals (or equivalent experience) who desire to increase their knowledge and proficiency in aviculture.