Welcome to our Volunteer Community!

Help us further our educational mission of replacing myths with facts about black bears. We offer both on-site and virtual volunteer opportunities and welcome your participation on a regular schedule or on periodic projects.   No matter your location worldwide, you can be involved and make a difference.

Volunteer Program Mission Statement

The mission of the NABC volunteer program is to recruit, retain, and reward a highly engaged, energetic, and effective community of global volunteers who consider the NABC their second home. The program will strive to meet both the needs of the volunteers and the organizations through an appropriate matching of talent to projects and the creation of training, mentoring, and recognition programs that promote performance excellence and community spirit.

Check out our volunteer opportunities below and become part of our bear family. It’s rewarding, educational, and FUN. To request an application, please contact us at [email protected]

Volunteer Positions

Organization: North American Bear Center

Location: 1926 Highway 169, Ely MN 55731

Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

Position Summary:

  • Educate visitors about our four ambassador bears
  • Assist and interact with visitors inside and outside responding to questions
  • Interact with visitors on the Viewing Deck and Nature Trail
  • Assist with various aspects of Bear Care as assigned.  (Could include enclosure cleaning, food preparation, and assisting with Behind the Scene tours)
  • Other duties as assigned

Organization: North American Bear Center

Location: Remote

Number of Positions: Open Ended

Reports to: Project Coordinators

Overview: Collaborate with other team members to generate ideas, execute Fundraisers, and participate in the necessary activities to run a successful fundraiser on Facebook.

Organization: North American Bear Center

Location: Remote

Number of Positions: 5

Reports to: Pond Chat Administrative Team

Shifts Available: Daily 8am-10:30a and 4-5 pm; Monday – Thursday 7-8 pm; and Sunday 5-7 pm.

Overview: Promote a welcoming, positive, and educational experience for all participants visiting fast-paced chat room devoted to educating visitors about the North American Bear Center’s resident bears and the Wildlife Research Institute’s study bears. Share current information, answer questions, and direct chatters to alternative resources. Enforce chat guidelines in order to maintain a dynamic, respectful, and family-friendly (“G” rated) environment at all times. Support and collaborate with members on your team of mods.

Volunteer today!  Email [email protected] to request an application.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.