Volunteer at GGRO
2019 season recruitment meetings scheduled for May 2, 5, and 15
We are now recruiting new hawkwatchers for the 2019 fall migration season!
Attend one of our recruitment meetings to get an overview of the GGRO and what being a hawkwatcher entails, talk to a current volunteer, and meet with the staff. You will also have the opportunity to pick up an application packet. These meetings are the best way to decide if working with us is right for you! We will host three recruitment meetings—on May 2, May 5, and May 15—to accomodate scheduling conflicts. You only need to attend one of the recruitment meetings.
We recruit for new banders every 2 years and our next recruitment will be in 2020.
Volunteer hawkwatchers count migrating hawks as they pass through the Headlands. Hawkwatchers meet in the Headlands at 8:30AM and count from 9:30AM–3:30PM on Hawk Hill, then come back to the office for administrative tasks before leaving by 4:30PM. (Weather permitting. On heavy fog or rainy days hawkwatchers wait until 1PM for conditions clear, or sometimes they end up quitting early after being able to start on time.)
Volunteer banders trap and band raptors and take measurements on each hawk. Trainings and workdays are more rigorous for the banders, with some mandatory tasks in spring and summer as well, so there is a larger commitment. Banders' field days start at 7:45AM and sometimes last until the evening, depending on weather and bird activity.
We also have an annual internship program for recent college grads to work full-time from July-January, participating in all aspects of the GGRO.