We Need You!
Maybe you are following the newly released Ridgways's Rails. Or perhaps you would like to share your knowledge of the area with visitors to the nature center. Or you have always wanted to help the next generation be as inspired by nature as you are. If so, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities at BVAS for people of all ages.
You can volunteer with the Native Plant Club and help maintain the gardens around the Nature Center. Perhaps you’d like to learn how to share your interest in nature with others by becoming a Nature Guide? We can always use help with our newsletter mailings. Are you a handyman who could help with a few projects around the Nature Center? Maybe you’re recently retired and willing to donate a little of your hard-earned expertise? Let us know what you’re thinking, or ask us for other suggestions.
Whatever your interests or skills, as long as you’re willing, BVAS has a place for you. Many of our volunteers start out by signing up to be host at the Nature Center for just a few hours a month. This is an opportunity to meet people from next door or the other side of the world. All you have to do is like people and enjoy nature.
BVAS will give you the training you need. Call me at 760-207-3884, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Nature Center anytime and talk to a host. We’re anxious to get you started!
Current Volunteer Positions
Nature Center Host
Responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering the phone, and Gift Shop sales. Training is provided. Shifts are available Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm and 1 - 4 pm. Sign up for one shift a month, or as many as you like!
If you enjoy working with children, you will love this job! Volunteers provide basic tours about birds and the lagoon for elementary school classes and small community groups. Assistants as well as leaders are needed, and training is provided
Road Show "Tabling" Volunteer
Assist with outreach and sales by manning a BVAS booth at special events such as the Carlsbad Village Faire, San Diego Bird Festival, Peppertree Days, and other area events. Only requires a few days each year.
Volunteers speak to groups (Lions, Rotary, etc) about Buena Vista Lagoon, Buena Vista Audubon Society, and the Nature Center.
Bird Counts Volunteer
Volunteers participate in monthly and special bird counts, including Buena Vista Lagoon Count, Whelan Lake Count, and Christmas Bird Count. It's a chance to see lots of birds with experienced leaders, while at the same time making a contribution to science! No experience necessary.
Assist with the maintenance of the Nature Center grounds and trail. Volunteers assist with the removal of invasive plants, removal of trash, plant watering, etc.
Welcome guests at monthly meetings. Help plan annual picnic, volunteer luncheon, and various banquets.
Special Projects Volunteer
Assist in various projects throughout the year. Especially needed are volunteers to help with periodic mailouts, including the monthly newsletter.
Fix-It Person for Nature Center
If you are a talented do-it-yourselfer looking for more projects, there's always something to fix around the Nature Center!
Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring
Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049
Tuesday 10 am-4 pm
Wednesday 10 am-4 pm
Thursday 10 am-4 pm
Friday 10 am-4 pm
Saturday 10 am-4 pm