The World Birding Center
Your skills are needed to help us accomplish our mission of preserving our natural habitat while increasing the understanding and appreciation of birds and wildlife.
Hope to hear from you. If you would like to volunteer with the World Birding Center, please download and fill out the volunteer application below. Email the completed volunteer form to the site of your choice.
Do you enjoy…
Making new friends
Doing your part to making the RGV a better place to live
Educating the public on birds and conservation
Teaching children the joy of birding and nature
Working in a professional, office environment
Providing customer service to the public
Planting native trees and plants
Guiding groups on birding tours
Areas where volunteers are needed:
State Park Hosts
Park Hosts support park staff and assist park visitors in a variety of ways from collecting fees, leading bird/nature walks through the park, and performing some maintenance duties.
Docents are trained volunteers whose primary responsibility is to teach the public about the conservation of habitat, birds and other wildlife. Docents do this through a variety of opportunities from interpreting exhibits to visitors, leading school groups on bird/nature tours, and providing educational programs to children and adults in the community.
The World Birding Center will offer a menu of programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced birders and nature enthusiasts. Topics will include our natural and cultural heritage in the Rio Grande Valley, as well as“birding” hot spots around the world.
Hawk Watch Volunteers
The Hawk Watch happens during the peak of spring and fall raptor migration at the World Birding Center Headquarters – Bentsen State Park. Volunteers count and identify migrant raptors and record the data. This data is submitted to the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA). Volunteers also provide interpretation of the hawk watch for park visitors.
Conduct scientific research projects such as Bird Point Count Surveys, Breeding Bird Surveys, Specific-Species Surveys and events such as the Christmas Bird Count and International Migratory Bird Day.
Revegetation volunteers perform a variety of tasks from field collection of native plant seeds, plant and care for germinating seeds and seedlings, remove exotic grasses, and conduct plant surveys at revegetated sites.
The World Birding Center offers unpaid internships for students who are interested in gaining practical experience or receiving academic credit from the college/university. Internships are available in a wide range of areas from reforestation, biology, wildlife management, interpretation/education, communications/public relations, fundraising, and computer science.
Community Projects (High School)
The World Birding Center offers students in high school opportunities to fulfill community service hours, Boy Scout Eagle projects, Girl Scout projects, and more. Projects may include building bird feeders, benches, trail plant identification and signage, design/guide an educational class, “bird” art projects and more.
Gift Shop Volunteers
Volunteers in the gift shop are responsible for stocking and displaying merchandise, being knowledgeable about merchandise, assisting visitors and answering questions, handling sales/transactions.
Office Volunteers work behind the scenes and provide administrative support to the World Birding Center staff through activities such as filing, copying, faxing, mailing, and other various duties.
Visit one of the nine entities from the upper links to sign-up!
Nine Unique Locations
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
Estero Llano Grande
Harlingen Arroyo Colorado
Old Hidalgo Pumphouse
Resaca de la Palma
South Padre Island Birding and Nature
If you prefer to mail the Volunteer
Form, please send to:
Bentsen - 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr.
Mission, TX 78572
Edinburg - P. O. Box 1079
Edinburg, TX 78540
Estero - 154A Lakeview Dr.
Weslaco, TX 78596
Harlingen - 900 Fairpark Blvd.
Harlingen, TX 78550
Hidalgo - 902 S. 2nd St.
Hidalgo, TX 78557
Quinta - P.O. Box 220
McAllen, TX 78505-0220
Resaca - P. O. Box 714
Olmito, TX 78575
Roma - P.O. Box 3405
Roma, TX 78584
SPI - 7355 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597