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Balsam Mountain Trust

Volunteer with Luna, our barn owl
One of our volunteers with Luna, our barn owl

At the Balsam Mountain Trust, we care for birds of prey, native reptiles, an opossum and more! We love our animal ambassadors, and they are an integral part of our education programs. Providing top quality care and enrichment would not be possible without our dedicated crew of animal care volunteers.
Please note: We require that animal care volunteers are available for a 3 hour shift (between 1 and 5 pm) every week, for at least 6 months.


  • Animal diet preparation and feeding
  • Observation of the general health and well-being of each animal
  • Cleaning animal habitats
  • Glove-handling birds of prey once approved

More opportunities with Balsam Mountain Trust

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Balsam Mountain Trust


81 Preserve Rd, Sylva, NC 28779, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Balsam Mountain Trust is the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on Balsam Mountain Preserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain region, through effective land management practices, scientific research, and environmental education.


The Trust team works at the Nature Center on Balsam Mountain Preserve, where we house a collection of animal ambassadors that we use for environmental education. Our volunteers are an invaluable asset who provide excellent animal care and share our passion for the natural world with the community.



We'll work with your schedule.


81 Preserve RdSylvaSylva, NC 28779




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least one day every week, for at least 3 hours on that day. Minimum of 6 month commitment required.
  • No experience necessary. We love volunteers from any and all backgrounds!

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