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VINS Volunteers

From environmental education and avian rehab to gardening and office support, volunteers are the lifeblood of VINS. Our message of environmental stewardship is more effective and reaches more people because of the special talents and generosity of this amazing group of people!

A variety of opportunities are available year-round. Explore the possibilities below, and, if your interest is piqued, download, complete and send in the Volunteer Application. For more information, please contact us at 802.359.5000 x221 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Administrative Support
Assist administrative staff with office duties such as general research, data entry, assembling educational packets, filing, bulk mailings, photo-copying and collating, and hanging special event posters in surrounding towns.
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Animal Care
Share your passion for wildlife by assisting the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation with daily animal care, answering questions from public visitors, and helping with facilities maintenance.
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Baby Bird Feeder (June to August)
Baby birds require a tremendous amount of care, sometimes needing to be fed every half-hour all day long! Share your love of young wildlife by helping the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation care for hundreds of baby wild birds each summer.
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Bird Rescue & Transportation
Can’t make a weekly commitment to volunteer at VINS? Then this position is the perfect way for you to share your love and concern for wildlife by assisting with field rescue and transport of birds that need rehabilitation. Time requirement: varies.
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Buildings & Grounds and Jack-of-All-Trades
Assist in maintaining the facility through mowing, weeding, trash removal, and any maintenance-related tasks.
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Guest Services (May to October)
Greeting and orienting visitors to the VINS Nature Center includes describing the campus and exhibits, introducing events and programs, and suggesting the benefits of membership and adopt-a-raptor programs. Also, meet and greet our guests during special events on the VINS campus and off-site.
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VINS Nature Camp (June to August)
Share your passion for education and the natural world by volunteering with VINS Nature Day Camps. Learn environmental education teaching skills as you inspire and empower the next generation to care for the environment.
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VINS Nature Center Docent
Share your passion for the natural world by engaging visitors to the VINS Nature Center. Educate the public and school groups through interactive hands-on activities in our exhibit areas. With advanced training, provide educational programs using live raptors and reptiles. Help to ensure that visitors walk away informed, inspired, and empowered to care for the natural world.
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Discovery Sundays Science Education Docent
Join a group of dedicated volunteers who lead engaging hands-on science activities during DISCOVERY SUNDAYS at VINS. Monthly training sessions give you an opportunity to enhance your own science skills as you try out the activities in advance. Have fun, build community and delve into the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math.
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En Plein Air Painting Festival
Short Term Commitment (September 29 to October 15, 2017)

Registration & sign-in of artists, greeting, directing, hosting artists, displaying/hanging artwork, set up and clean up for receptions and other evening events, exhibition and art sale hosting, as well as other various duties associated with this two week event. If interested, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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For more information contact:
802.359.5000 x221
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You may also include a full resume of your past experience along with the application.

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Please mail, e-mail, or fax your completed application to:

VINS Nature Center
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 1281
Quechee, VT 05059
Fax: 802.359.5001
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