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                  Volunteering at the Hamilton Aviary
How can I be a volunteer?
To apply for a volunteer job at the Aviary, give us a call at (905) 546-4842 or send us an email at
You will be contacted to discuss your participation.

What qualifications do I need?
All you need is a love of birds and have 2 or 3 hours of free time every week or two. No experience with birds is required - we will teach you on the job!

If you have respiratory problems, bad allergies or immune system problems please let us know. Some of the work can be dusty!

"Herb Fodor", a volunteer, holding "Baby", a Cockatoo
What kind of jobs can I do?
There are many different jobs available to you as a Friend of the Aviary. You can spend as little as 2-3 hours every second week, or as much time as you have, working with and for the birds.

The following are some of the ways that you can help:

  • Care and Feeding of the Birds: This is a basic job. Every day of the year a team of volunteers arrives each morning to clean the Aviary and put out fresh food and water.

  • Aviary Maintenance: A crew meets regularly on weekday evenings to perform repairs or upgrades to the Aviary.

  • Visitor Guides: If you like people as well as birds, this may be for you. Visitor Guides show visitors around the Aviary, identify the birds and explain the operations of the Aviary.

So what's in it for me?
Not only will you be helping the birds, and helping the City of Hamilton preserve a landmark institution, you will certainly make new friends, learn a lot about birds, and, if you're already an expert, enjoy the experience of of teaching people about birds. You will also get to know birds that you might not have the time, the money or the space to keep yourself.

Come join us!