Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Job Openings:


Part time Bookkeeper/ Independent Contractor

Qualifications: Accounting background (recent experience) and thorough knowledge of QuickBooks accounting software. Excellent computer skills, including thorough familiarity with MS Office Suite. Experience working with nonprofits desired.  3 hours/week average.

Nature of Position: It is expected that this the person in this position will be an independent contractor

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all bookkeeping, including entering expenses and donations into accounting system (Quick Books)
  • generating payroll through ADP online portal, and generating monthly reports and other reports as needed (e.g. semi-annual fund-raising appeals, annual conference, out-of-state field trips, Memorial Day Nature Get-Away, etc)
  • Processes donations for deposit
  • Enters financial information for annual report to National Audubon
  • handles credit card payments for books, field trips, conferences, etc.
  • Maintains filing system of finances
  • Receives and files records for petty cash
  • Writes checks for treasurer’s signature directly through Quick Books
  • Prepare the 990 each year
  • Work with Office Administrator to provide information when reviews or audits are done

Compensation:   Hourly and negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Timeline:  We hope to have the bookkeeper on board before or by the end of September at the very latest. Applications accepted until position is filled.

How to Apply: 

Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to:
erowan@detroitaudubon.org  (preferred) or send by U.S. Mail to:
Bookkeeper Application
Detroit Audubon
4605 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Volunteer Opportunities

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Detroit Audubon serves its 6000+ members mainly through the efforts of its volunteers. The only qualification necessary is a desire to assist Detroit Audubon in its mission to promote the protection and enjoyment of birds and nature.

Research Volunteering Positions:

If you are interested in volunteering with Detroit Audubon on any of the Research Projects below, please contact Erin Rowan, our Research Coordinator at erowan@detroitaudubon.org or at 313-960-3399.

Project Safe Passage: Great Lakes

We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in monitoring buildings in SE Michigan during Spring and Fall migration. This would involve the collection of bird specimens and the possible handling of injured birds to transport them safely to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility. Necessary training will be provided. For more information about Safe Passage, please click here.

Grasslands Bird Surveys

We are looking for experienced birders to help with our Grassland Bird Surveys, which are conducted once a week each June. For more information about our Grassland Bird Monitoring project, please click here.

Don’t have much experience with bird identification? Attend one of our field trips for some training!

Black Tern Monitoring

We are looking for volunteers that are interested in joining our Research Coordinator in St. Clare Flats for a full day of monitoring efforts. These monitoring efforts will be done two days per week from mid-May until the end of July. This will involve being exposed to the elements in a boat for up to 6 hours per day, while monitoring Black Tern nests, chicks and adults. Necessary training will be provided. Click here for more information about our Black Tern Monitoring Project.

Monitoring Birds as part of Detroit Bird City

More information coming soon!

Education Volunteering Positions:

If you are interested in volunteering with Detroit Audubon on any of the Education Projects below, please contact our Program Coordinator, Terra Weiland at tweiland@detroitaudubon.org or 313-960-3399.

Public Programs and Tabling Events

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our public education events and tabling events! This would involve helping us set-up and take down information tables, help with craft preparation, our traveling bookstore, and of course participate in some education and outreach about Detroit Audubon and bird conservation! To learn more about our Public Programs, click here.

Field Trip Leaders

Detroit Audubon is seeking experienced birders to lead some of our field trips for 2017. Our calendar of events will be posted here shortly!

Event Planning

We need volunteers to help us with event planning! Working with caterers, helping us decorate a venue, preparing for an event, and working at an event are all ways you can lend a hand!

Flyway Articles and Photographs Needed

Detroit Audubon’s seasonal newsletter, the Flyway, includes articles and photographs describing our many programs, events and research projects throughout the year. Getting a volunteer photographer to attend some of our events would be a big help! If you are interested in science writing or natural resources and bird conservation writing, we would love to hear from you! To check out our latest Flyway, click here.

Administrative Volunteering Positions:

If you are interested in volunteering with Detroit Audubon on any of the Administrative Projects below, please contact Erin Rowan, our Office Administrator at erowan@detroitaudubon.org or at 313-800-1578.

Help in our Midtown Office

Our Office Administrator needs help with processing Thank You Letters and Welcome Letters that go out to our members each month. Getting assistance with general office organization, filing, and cleanliness would is also need and would be much appreciated.

Provide Marketing or Website Development Expertise

Are you a budding web-developer with WordPress and CSS experience? Or someone with an email or social media marketing background? We’d love to get your help!

Become a Board Member or Committee Member of Detroit Audubon!

If you are interested in volunteering with Detroit Audubon as a Board Member or Committee Member, please contact us at staff@detroitaudubon.org or 313-960-3399.