Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Job Openings:


Program Coordinator (part-time)

Job Description: This is part-time (25 hour per week) professional position.  The incumbent will develop, conduct, and train volunteers to conduct environmental education programs for all age groups, with particular emphasis on birds. The incumbent will also coordinate or assist in coordinating special events, and coordinate exhibits at conservation-related shows and conferences. The incumbent will also be our social media coordinator, and managing editor of our newsletter. Other duties include disseminating publicity about the organization and its events through a variety of media and answering natural history questions over the phone.  Some issue advocacy may also be required. For the complete job description, please click here.

Skills and Qualifications:  Two years of coursework in Environmental Education, Environmental Interpretation, Environmental Science or equivalent (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferred). Experience designing and conducting environmental education programs for K-12 groups and adults required. Must have extensive knowledge of Michigan natural history.  Birding experience strongly preferred.  Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and must be proficient with MS Office Suite, Internet, and Facebook.  Experience in website development and maintenance also required.  Must be a self-starter, organizer, and a networker.

Terms of employment:  This is a permanent position that the organization hopes to upgrade to a full-time positon as funds become available.  Starting wage is $17/ hour. Preferred start date: May 15, 2017.  Please submit applications by March 20, 2017 if possible, however the position will remain open until a selection is made. The position work location is in Southeast Michigan.

How to Apply:  Interested parties should send a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Dr. James N. Bull, President of Detroit Audubon at jbull@detroitaudubon.org or jamesbull22@yahoo.com

Bookkeeper (part-time)

Update: We are no longer accepting applications for this position

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).
  • Entering employee hours into 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.
  • Enters financial information for annual report to National Audubon.
  • Correctly codes and tracks credit card payments for purchases made at events or donations made through PayPal.
  • 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 by early to mid-February.

How to apply: 

Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to:

staff@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 downtown Detroit 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 at Detroit International Wildlife Refuge

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.