Volunteer with EMAS

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society has no paid staff. As a vibrant Audubon chapter, EMAS relies on the contributions of many volunteers.

We are always looking for volunteers. You do not have to be a birder to help out! If you are committed to supporting conservation issues and can bring energy, we would love to talk to you about finding a role that fits your interests, skills, and schedule.  


Please fill out this short survey if you are interested in volunteering.

Consider these volunteer opportunities:


Board Member

EMAS is managed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of four officers—President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary—and up to twelve At-Large members. 


The Board meets 9 times per year, and our meetings generally last about 2 hours. All board members are asked to serve on one of the standing committees.


Committee Member

EMAS committees accomplish much of the work of the organization. Committee members need not be on the EMAS Board of Directors. If you would like to talk to us about serving on a committee, please use the links below to email the chairs of committees you're interested in.


Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary Committee

The BLBS committee oversees volunteer work at the Sanctuary, maintains the boardwalk and signage, and manages improvements such as the demonstration bird-friendly native plant garden. EMAS is the only Audubon chapter in NC that owns and manages a nature preserve.


The BLBS committee is seeking volunteers for the Sanctuary’s Adopt-a-Plot program. For more information, visit our Adopt-a-Plot page.

Conservation and Education Committee

Implements our Advocacy Plan; manages our shade-grown coffee initiative; organizes bird walks, field trips, bird counts/surveys, and community events; conducts educational presentations; and collaborates with schools and other community organizations.


Publicity and Publications Committee

Produces our newsletter; manages our website, Facebook page and listserv; and publicizes EMAS events.


Membership Committee

Manages our membership list and communicates with National Audubon Society about membership changes/updates.

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding counties in western North Carolina.

Our mission is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship.

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

PO Box 18711

Asheville, NC 28814


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Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.