Lily volunteers at outreach event

Lily volunteers at outreach event

We are always interested in hearing from bird lovers who are considering volunteer work in this field. We prefer people with some experience and knowledge of exotic birds, especially large ones. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age and willing to commit to a 3-4 hour shift every week or every other week. Shifts are afternoons, beginning at 1:00 p.m. We need at least three volunteers per day to help with the daily routine and maintenance.

Volunteer Application

Our volunteer coordinator will contact you to set an appointment for training. Please download and complete the Volunteer Application.  Send your application to: volunteer@lilysanctuary.org

Volunteer Application (pdf)>> (use Adobe Acrobat Pro, will not work w/ Reader) Volunteer Application (MS Word)>>

About Volunteering

The Lily Sanctuary is located in Dan and Venette Hill’s home in Fountain Valley, CA. The atmosphere is loud, crowded and chaotic. At the same time, it is congenial and upbeat because of our exceptional volunteers and amazing birds.

It is extremely important that all of our volunteers are cooperative, kind, experienced or willing to learn, and possess a willingness to work together with the people and the animals in a harmonious manner. Parrots are highly intelligent and sensitive creatures. We endeavor to maintain a positive and playful home environment for them.

Daily Maintenance

Volunteer, Lindsay, with Tiki

Volunteers spend time with the parrots to play and socialize. Tiki, otherwise known as the giant marshmellow, asks Lindsay, “wanna see how big my wings are?”

Every cage and surrounding area is cleaned daily. Volunteers help with collecting and changing water bowls, collecting and washing fresh food dishes, wiping down cages and scraping poop from perches and cage skirts, changing newspaper and plastic cage liners, distributing fresh food, seed, pellets and nuts. Once outdoor aviaries have fresh water, all birds are taken outside to enjoy sunshine, fresh air, showers and playtime. Birds are transported outside by experienced volunteers.

Bird Interaction

Each bird has its own individual personality and some are comfortable being handled while others are not. We have many safety precautions built into our program. It is vital for the safety of the people and the birds that these procedures are learned and implemented. The flock consists of social, playful creatures that love to interact with people. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in as much “hands-on” time with the birds as they wish once they have become familiar and comfortable with proper parrot handling procedures.


We need volunteers who can help us with a variety of outreach activities, such as the annual Pet Expo, adoption fairs, fundraising, and educational training.

Lily Volunteers at Outreach Event

Outreach at the Huntington Beach Farmers Market


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When completed send your application to: volunteer@lilysanctuary.org

Volunteer Application (MS Word)>>

Volunteer Application (pdf)>>

(must use Adobe Acrobat, will not work with Reader)