GCBO could not do what it does without the hard work and dedication of its many volunteers. From rebuilding our field house after Hurricane Harvey to assisting our field biologist in her surveys, our volunteers enable us to put our focus where it matters: the birds. A few of our most common needs are described below. If you’re interested in helping and would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Horton at jhorton @ gcbo.org

Volunteer Needs

• Webpage:
Technologically savvy? We’re constantly in need of people experienced with WordPress (HTML, CSS, other coding skills are a bonus!) to tackle projects dealing with our website: updating information, cleaning things up, etc.

Office help:
Want to exercise your inner Marie Kondo? Our office is the perfect training ground! We also need occasional assistance with administrative tasks and data entry.

• Outreach events:
Do you like attending festivals and events? We could use a stable of trained volunteers to man our GCBO booth at various events throughout the year. Practice your interpersonal skills, travel to interesting places, and meet cool people!

• Online Auctions:
Web savvy and like the satisfaction of managing a project from beginning to end? We’d love to find someone to manage our twice yearly online auctions. This person would set up the auction, monitor it while running, etc. This includes trouble shooting the program we use, running a test run to make sure it doesn’t crash, and possibly even researching other online programs to see if there’s a better program

• Fundraising:
Good at raising money? WE WANT YOU! Seeking individuals with fundraising experience, preferably for a nonprofit.

• Maintenance/Repair:
Fancy yourself a handy man/woman? We’re looking both for people with “muscle” when there are heavy projects as well as people with strong skills in grounds, building, and equipment maintenance/repair.

• Flowerbeds:
Looking for a project for your group? We’re in need of a few local/community groups to adopt a flower bed around the headquarters building. These groups come out once a month or more and weed, water, tend to plants, etc.

• Nursery:
Do you have a green thumb? Our native plant nursery needs a steady group of volunteers who like to garden to come out regularly and take some ownership of it and help keep it thriving.

• Workdays:
Don’t have a reliable schedule? No problem! Like being outside doing things like trail trimming and grounds cleanup? Even better! We have occasional workdays where we need help at our headquarters or at our sanctuary in Quintana. We’d love to add to our core group of helpers.

• GCBO Events:
Like to help out at occasional events and have a good time? We host several annual events that require a lot of people power to pull off successfully. Why not join the fun?!

• Workshop Leaders:
Have expertise in a particular area that may be of interest to birders and/or nature lovers? We’re seeking leaders for monthly GCBO hosted workshops. Let’s talk!

Have another skill you think we could put to use? Let us know!