Eyes in the Sky volunteers are dedicated group of over 40 community members from all walks of life. Some have never worked with birds before; others have extensive experience.
All our raptor-handler volunteers are primarily educators. They are the public face of Eyes in the Sky and Santa Barbara Audubon, engaging the public in educational presentations throughout the Santa Barbara area.
Many of our volunteers have been with us for many years and volunteer one or two afternoons per week. We ask most volunteers to choose a set day of the week on which to consistently give their time. This makes it possible for each of our birds to get quality outdoor time and personal attention seven days a week.
We provide introductory and on-the-job training in raptor care and presentation skills to all our volunteers. Each day’s volunteer shift is led by a Shift Lead—a head volunteer with a wealth of experience and skill.
Volunteer positions that do not relate to raptor handling or educational presentations—such as positions to create written or digital content, assist with classroom materials, etc.—are intermittently available. Compared to a raptor-handling role, these “project-based” positions do not have as stringent attendance requirements.