Aviary Care Volunteer
Do you love animals? Have you ever wanted to volunteer or share your life with a parrot or bird? Then consider volunteering and discovering the “wonderful world of parrots” at Parrot Partners Canada! Our mission is to improve the quality of life for parrots in the wild and in our homes through humane and professional rehabilitation, training, and through educating the next generation of owners and social influencers. It takes a village of compassionate, generous citizens to care for, rehabilitate, and find the best possible homes for our parrots, as well as to protect parrots and their habitats in the wild.
We are located at 25 Industrial Avenue, Carleton Place, ON, just outside of Ottawa. We are currently seeking in-aviary bird care volunteers on weekdays and weekends. Our shifts run from 10am-2pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Volunteering as an aviary caregiver is fascinating way to learn valuable parrot care skills and make some new feathered friends!
Daily tasks include:
-Feeding and watering the birds (pellets, fresh fruit/vegetable/legume diet called ‘chop’, water, & treats)
-Daily cleaning of the cages and aviaries
-Enrichment (Making and distributing foraging and other toys, socializing, singing, dancing, parrot spray showers, training, outdoor aviary time and buggy walks, etc.)
-Photography/videography (once the parrots are comfortable with you!)
-Medical, grooming/husbandry (assisting with medical checkups and procedures, nail and beak grooming, weight checks, medications, etc.)
-Educational and Fundraising Events, Administration Team, IT, Adoption Team, Building Maintenance and Yard Care positions also available!
We require an initial minimum commitment of 2 shifts per month to stay up to date on training, policies, and procedures.
*MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT is 18 years of age due to safety
*WE ALSO ACCEPT HIGH SCHOOL CO-OP PLACEMENTS! (minimum of 16 years of age)
• We are not a nut-free or dust-free facility (parrots eat nuts and are quite dusty!)
• Ear protection for adults and children is available
• Please, no open-toe sandals or flip-flops, earrings/jewelry, heavy perfume/aftershave
For more information or to apply, please see our website: https://parrotpartners.org/get-involved/volunteer/
We look forward to introducing you to the parrots!
How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Volunteers will gain valuable skills including:
Aviary Standard Operating Procedures and Biosecurity education & skills
Parrot care (cleaning, environment, nutrition, & more)
Parrot enrichment, socialization, foraging, and toymaking
Parrot health, medical, grooming, and husbandry skills
Photography and videography
Building maintenance and yard work
Public tours and educational events
They will get the chance to interact with a variety of amazing parrot species and personalities (~50 parrots of ~20 different species)! Parrots are very social, intelligent, long-lived animals that love engaging with volunteers including talking, singing, dancing, spray showers, and more!
Volunteers will know they are making a difference in the lives of our parrots, as well as those in our community and in the wild through assisting in our programs and education.
Volunteers will know they are making a difference in disrupting the "rehoming roulette" cycle of these long-lived intelligent animals, as Parrot Partners provides a lifelong safety net and post-adoption support for any relinquished parrot in our care.
How will the organization benefit?
Parrot Partners Canada is a registered charitable organization (Charity #810688135RR0001) that runs a public education, parrot training, and adoption aviary for parrots. We specialize in behavioural rehabilitation, reshaping, and humane training. It is Parrot Partners’ mission to improve the quality of life for parrots in the wild and in our homes through humane and professional rehabilitation, training, and through educating the next generation of owners and social influencers. We have a passion for creating a world where parrots are no longer misunderstood, mishandled or abandoned for expressing natural, instinctual behaviours. We rebrand the image of older, adoptable parrots away from “broken, damaged, unmanageable and undesirable” to stable companions who come with some very desirable behaviours and professional support. Birds are the 3rd most commonly kept companion animal in North America, with parrots being the majority of birds kept. The majority of all parrots kept as pets (except for budgies and cockatiels) are not domestic, making them the largest group of captive wildlife. Volunteers help us care for rescued and relinquished parrots, as well as assist with our education and adoption programs.
25 Industrial Avenue, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3V7
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