We have some
great volunteer opportunities for animal lovers, aspiring vets, vet
technicians or anyone wanting a future in the field of
Make your resume stand out from the rest
with some serious hands-on experience!
All volunteers must be 18 years or
Please read ALL info on
before signing up!
Originally, Majestic did not offer
Onsite Volunteer opportunities, but at the request of
waterfowl-lovers, who wanted to take part in our
endeavor, we began welcoming in outside assistance. We
have enjoyed meeting wonderful new people and had some
great laughs all while benefiting from their added
Recently, however, we have been
very disappointed with the number of first-time Onsite Volunteers who have failed to show up without any
notification at all. We understand that your time is
valuable, but please understand that our time is just as
valuable. Although we enjoy helping hands, good company
and quite a few laughs, we are also looking for serious,
committed and hardworking individuals.
We used to spend a lot of time
reviewing volunteer applications and corresponding with
what turned out to be no-show volunteers.
Unfortunately, we just cannot afford to take this time
away from our animals anymore.
Going forward, we are requesting
that all of our Onsite Volunteers take a more proactive
role in the scheduling of their sanctuary workdays. We
have updated our Volunteer
Application (for first-time Onsite Volunteers)
and our Sanctuary Calendar
(for returning Onsite Volunteers) with the means
to schedule your own workdays. A Volunteer Coordinator
will confirm your schedule within 24 hours of receipt.
For those of you who are sincere in
your endeavor to help, we apologize for this more formal
handling of your volunteering activities.
Onsite Volunteering is hard
We work hard at Majestic and if you ask
any of our
volunteers who also dedicate their time to other
shelters, they will tell you in an instant that the work
they do here
is much more intense than what they've experienced
elsewhere. Tending to the needs of waterfowl is far
different from providing for other animals and it
involves a completely different range of considerations. Our
sanctuary visitors are continually taken
aback by the amount of effort we put into our sanctuary
In the words of one of our long-time volunteers:
"I have volunteered for large-dog shelters and
have scrubbed kennels, laundered soiled bedding, and
walked and handled powerful dogs. Still, this did not
compare to the level of work that I have devoted to
Majestic. I would tell a new volunteer that at the end
of a hard day's work, they will feel very satisfied that
they have improved the quality of life of these
abandoned animals and that is its own
self-reward." --Karen Hobbes
SO PLEASE... do not fill out our volunteer
application if you have no interest in committing to
working hard and preferably more than ONCE.
All volunteers are required to sign our
Waiver. Please preview our waiver before signing up.
We will provide an actual copy to you for signature upon
your acceptance into our volunteer program.
Please view our Majestic Calendar
for upcoming onsite sanctuary projects.
FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR ANIMALS:
volunteers MUST wear clean, waterproof boots (preferably with
will be required
to step into a sanitizing footbath upon entering and
leaving our pens and barn. This footbath consists of
Virkon S and water.
Jewelry is not permitted:
volunteers must remove their
watches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings*,
etc. before stepping onto the premises. Please leave them
in your car or at home!
*Wedding/engagement rings that can't come off are
Please empty your pant, shirt and coat pockets
before leaving your home.
We will ask you to turn out your pockets to confirm no foreign objects
gain access anywhere near or into our pens.
Absolutely No Smoking:
For the health & safety
of ourselves, our animals and our volunteers,
smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
Unacceptable Sanctuary Behavior
Majestic reserves the right to
ask any volunteers to leave the premises
Majestic is not responsible or liable for any
lost, stolen or damaged property including, but not limited to
clothing. If you bring it into our pens,
it is entirely at your own risk.
We have two types of
Offsite volunteer opportunities
can be done from your own home and in your own town.
These positions are for self-motivated individuals. These include
fundraising, raising local awareness, calling avian vets
to confirm which practices treat waterfowl or
running a local pet carrier drive.
Onsite volunteer opportunities
normally take place here at Majestic on WEEKENDS ONLY.
Onsite work is very hard work. We do everything
ourselves to maximize our funds. Tasks vary
seasonally and range from building pens,
pouring cement, working on ponds, shoveling sand, pushing
wheelbarrows, pitching hay, barn cleaning, digging
ditches, transplanting trees, landscaping to clearing snow. If you like this kind of earthy, outdoor
work, then volunteer!
We are not currently accepting volunteer
applications solely for waterfowl care or
rehabilitation. These wonderful and interactive positions
with the ducks and geese are reserved for volunteers who
also donate their time and energy in other much-needed
Sorry, this opportunity is
We are currently looking for a
Volunteer Coordinator. This person will be responsible
for reviewing and responding to all Volunteer
Applications and communicating directly with our
volunteers. They will report/coordinate all volunteer
activities directly with the President.
Our Volunteer Coordinator must have
access to review and respond to all emails within 24
hours of receipt. Excellent written/grammatical skills
are required. We are looking for a friendly, responsible
and organized person who is motivated by our endeavor
and understands and respects this dedication in our
The Volunteer Coordinator will also
acquire digital photographs and write up profiles for
our volunteers to be listed on our website.
We prefer to have a Volunteer
Coordinator who has physically visited our sanctuary and
can offer insightful and first hand information to our
other volunteers. We would also like this person be
someone who has volunteered for us in some other regard
prior to taking on this role.
We are currently seeking pro-bono,
professional & experienced Grant-Writers. No
please. We are desperately in need grants for a small
backhoe, water rescue equipment, electricity costs,
and one salaried position. If you can assist with a
grant in any of these areas, please consider
volunteering your services.
We are always in need of
Fundraising Assistants. This is a self-starting,
self-motivated and self-managed volunteer opportunity.
When you sign up to be one of our Fundraisers, please be
proactive and let us know what kind of fundraiser you
would like to do along with a time frame (estimated
start & end date).*
Volunteers have successfully run
bake sales, flower bulb sales and other magazine-based
sales to raise funds for our sanctuary.
Volunteers have run profitable can
drives. They help the environment through recycling and
then donate the proceeds to Majestic to help the ducks
and geese in our care.
Volunteers have also been
successful in auctioning off artwork or items on Ebay.
If you are interested in this option, please understand
that we do not auction off items through our website.
Volunteers will need to have their own venue to handle
all aspects of the auction.
If you have another fundraising
idea, please contact us with your proposal. We’d love to
hear from you!
*If you plan to state that any of the
proceeds from your activities are being directed to
Majestic, please contact us first for pre-approval.
Sorry, this opportunity is
The Supply Team is comprised of
volunteers who run drives in their own area to gather up
much-needed sanctuary supplies to be delivered to
Majestic. Pet carriers are always needed, commonly
disused in many households, and a great idea for your
first drive. You can visit our Wish List for other good
Sorry, this opportunity is
The Donation Team is always looking
for outgoing, personable, well-connected and experienced
individuals with a strong sales background to contact
businesses in a professional manner for 501(c)(3)
donations to Majestic. Examples of items needed by the
sanctuary can be viewed on our Wish List page.
Sorry, this opportunity is
Our Publicists are responsible for
providing factual information to raise awareness of the
plight of waterfowl abandonment with the goal of
prevention. This team works especially diligently a
couple months prior to Easter. They work directly with
the President to organize a campaign of newspaper
editorials & articles, television appearances and
magazine stories. This team is also responsible for
gaining national publicity for Majestic and getting our
website information listed in appropriate venues.
Experienced publicists and meticulous writers only
Vet Directory Team
Members of our Vet Directory Team
volunteer their phone line to call on avian vets state-by-state and determine which
practices see pet ducks/geese as patients. Address and
contact information is confirmed and then forwarded to
Majestic. The practices are then added to our “Vet
You can choose any state except
those that are already completed. Good
verbal/phone skills required. Volunteers choose a state
they wish to work on, and Majestic provides the phone
list of vets to call within that state. Phone
charges are non-reimbursable and donated by the
volunteers making the calls.
permitting, onsite volunteer opportunities usually take
place on Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and
occasionally on Sundays 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
that our onsite volunteers each show up for at least 2
hours of service on any given day. Volunteers need to
commit to volunteering on a consistent basis--on a
weekly or monthly basis.
Facility Maintenance Team
There is a lot to do at our
sanctuary and this team works hard doing it, but we have
a lot of laughs too. Volunteers on this team must be
willing to participate in any of the following tasks.
What we do that day, you do that day.
Our Facility Maintenance Team is
mainly responsible for cleaning and refilling water
buckets, disinfecting the quarantine pen & pet carriers,
pitching and refreshing hay in the barn and enclosures.
Friends of shovels, pitchforks, wheelbarrows, duck
poop and hard work only please.
In Spring, in addition to their
regular tasks, this team is also
responsible for landscaping. They help to rake out all
of our pens, turn over soil, seed grass, and transplant saplings and
plants into our enclosures. They also assist in
In Summer, this team also helps with
tasks like installing and maintaining our misting system. During times of drought they help clean
and refill kiddie pools and buckets.
In Fall, additional
responsibilities include pen inspections and helping
and repairs to prepare for the approach of rough winter
In Winter, this team also helps to sand
down icy pens, clear snow from aviary nets, gateways and
doorways and make safe paths in the snow for our ducks
and geese to walk along.
There are other fun things this
team gets to do as well, including enjoying some
one-on-one time with the animals, providing enrichment
activities, banding legs and just talking shop with the
Experienced team members also
assist with pond rotations. This
requires guiding birds through the pens to ponds to
ensure that all members have a turn on the
water. It is vital that certain ducks do not co-mingle
with others during this enrichment activity, which means
that volunteers must learn the identities of every bird
and also understand their complex interrelations.
Sanctuary Expansion/Construction Team
Our Sanctuary Expansion Team is
always looking for strong, healthy, outdoorsy people to
help build new waterfowl enclosures, or to lend
improvements to existing pens. Carpentry skills are a
real plus if you want to join this team.
Waterfowl Rescue Unit
rescues are normally scheduled on Saturday mornings. Most rescues are scheduled so that we are at
the rescue site by 8:00 a.m. This means that we are
leaving the sanctuary as early as 6:00 a.m. Some rescues
take minutes, others hours and still others, multiple
trips to the rescue site. In order to participate, our
rescuers must be prepared to commit to at least six
hours at the rescue site (in addition to driving time)
on the day of any given rescue.
Connecticut residents are invited
to join our Waterfowl Rescue Unit. Volunteers must
be able to provide their own
transportation to our sanctuary and to rescue sites.
Punctuality and reliability are key factors to be on
this team. Rescuing can entail canoeing, so all
volunteers MUST know how to swim in case of emergency.
Rescue detail also includes setting up nets, preparing
and maintaining pet carriers and packing and carrying
equipment. Waterfowl handling experience is recommended,
especially in goose rescues, but not necessary.
Rescuers with access to their own wetsuits are always
Attendance to our Annual
Waterfowl Rescue Training Seminar is required.
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