Volunteer Opportunities

Development Committee (Fundraising)

FIBA is progressing to the next level of fundraising through creation of a multi-year fundraising plan. We are looking for committee members who can help with strategic planning and grant writing, and/or hands on fundraising events such as memberships drives, the Annual Winter Raptor Fest and other promotional events. Individuals with experience in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, operations of non-profits, and a keen interest in promoting wildlife protection will be the best match.

Contact: Mark Di lanni (609) 381-0861


Land Committee

Members of the Land committee work on various aspects of land protection or stewardship (this is really two committees we have combined into one for now). Stewardship involves site management and maintenance such as invasive species removal and mowing schedules. Land conservation involves permanent protection of land as wildlife habitat; you will be involved in assessing and assisting land acquisitions or finding creative ways to assist other protection efforts (ex: state purchases, landowner incentives). Members should be positive, open-minded and committed to conserving land for endangered and threatened grassland birds.

Contact:  Ron Renoni (518) 692-2493 OR  Laurie LaFond (518) 796-6003


Education Committee

Are you excited about connecting kids with nature? We welcome teachers and other volunteers passionate about protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat.  Background in sciences, wildlife conservation or nature education preferred.  Contact Ron Renoni, 692-2493

Contact: Ron Renoni (518) 692-2493


Finance Committee

FIBA would like to add committee members who have experience in one or more of the following areas; financial reporting; financial auditing; non-profit accounting for restricted funds and annual budget development. Since the organization is still developing we are looking for people who can both oversee and review the work of others and/or who can pitch in and do some of the work as needed.

Contact: Mark Di lanni (609) 381-0861


Outreach Committee

Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks, from scheduling guided walks/ field trips with our experienced trip leaders to organizing community outreach and programs. Creative person needed to design fliers and press releases, etc. Will work closely with our volunteer coordinator. Chair needed.

Contact: Laurie LaFond (518) 796-6003


Winter Raptor Fest Committee

Be part of Friends of the IBA's exciting annual educational event and fundraiser! Committee members help plan, organize and volunteer at this two day event, from helping with publicity to soliciting event sponsors and program ads. Our volunteers enjoy this event and they know they are making a real difference for New York's grassland birds - sign up today!   

Contact: Laurie LaFond (518) 796-6003