Volunteers at Thunder Cape. Photo © Thunder Cape Bird Observatory

Volunteer at the Cape


Four or more staff and volunteers work at the station during the spring and fall migration periods. The spring season commences during the last week of April and runs until about June 7 with our autumn season running from August 1 until the end of October. The Observatory owns a small boat, which is used to bring supplies and volunteers out to the Cape from the closest road access at Silver Islet. Given notice, pick-up can be arranged from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

We offer isolation, communal living, long hours, physical exertion, insects, heat, cold, wind, irregular supplies of fresh food, primitive working conditions and laughter. These conditions are not ideal for everyone. If you thrive on exciting and challenging field conditions and have a passion for birds, wild storms, pristine habitats, and some of the best birding in North America we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteers are encouraged to provide a 3-4 week commitment. Room and board are supplied. Shorter stays are possible subject to availability where a fee of $17.50/day is charged to offset food and fuel expenses.

If you wish to apply for a volunteer position at Thunder Cape Bird Observatory, please copy and paste the form below into the body of an email and send it to Rinchen Boardman.

Rinchen Boardman, Program Coordinator, Thunder Cape Bird Observatory

Allan Harris, Chair, Thunder Cape Bird Observatory Committee
c/o Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club, 131 – 1100 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 4A3

TCBO Volunteer Position Application
  • General
  • Experience
  • Logistic/Health
    • Other

    Please complete all 4 sections of the application form.


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    Adress Line 1
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