Banding shorebirds provides a huge amount of information about their migrations and life history.  This information is vital for the protection and conservation of these species both here and abroad.  Come and join ornithologists from the Global Flyway Network and local volunteers to help catch and band the birds in Roebuck Bay - an opportunity to see shorebird fieldwork in action and to learn more about the birds and our work.  Please ensure you arrive on time and have closed shoes that can get wet, protection from the sun, adequate water and food.   There is no need to book. 

2017 dates can be found below. For previous catch reports, please visit the Global Flyway Network.

Saturday, 24th June - Meet at BBO at 8:30am

Sunday, 9th July - Meet at BBO at 9:00am

Saturday, 15th July - Meet at BBO at 12:00pm

Sunday, 23rd July - Meet at BBO at 8:00am

Sunday, 6th August - Meet at BBO at 8:00am

Sunday, 13th August - Meet at BBO at 11:45am

Sunday, 27th August - Meet at BBO at 11:30am

Sunday, 24th September. Meet at BBO at 10:15am

Wednesday, 18th October. Meet at BBO at 9:00am

Volunteer for Roebuck Bay

Broome Bird Observatory is a member of the Roebuck Bay Working Group.  Throughout the year various volunteer activities are conducted in the bay such as seagrass, shorebird, and near-shore dolphin monitoring.  Get involved and lend our internationally important wetland a helping hand! 


We require a person or couple to assist us with cleaning, maintenance and welcoming guests for one month at a time from March through to the end of October.

Currently, there are no hosting positions available for 2017.

We also require campground hosts for June, September and October in 2018. You will be provided with a powered campsite free of charge and free tours where space on existing tour schedule allows.

For further details, or to apply, please contact us

Employment and long-term volunteer roles

For mid- to long-term volunteer/employment opportunities at the BBO, all the roles reside and work on site. Applicants will need to be able to work as part of a small team who undertake a broad range of duties necessary to ensure that guests experience the best visit possible – experience having shown that word of mouth is the best form of advertising. These are hands-on roles best suited to highly motivated self-starters, perhaps with previous experience in the hospitality/eco-tourism industry.

Excellent people skills will be needed to work positively with guests. Extreme climatic conditions (heat and humidity) can be experienced throughout the working day and evening, particularly in the wet season from November to April. Flexibility and initiative will be necessary to cope with the challenging work environment.

For the right people this is an exciting and rewarding opportunity – please contact the BBO if you think you have the ability to live in a remote location with basic conditions, and the skills, commitment and physical fitness that we are seeking. 

Applications for 2018 Assistant Wardens are now CLOSED. 

Positions will be next advertised in 2018. For reference, the role description and selection criteria can be found in the link below.

Assistant Warden PD and selection criteria 2018

For more information contact us.

May Working Bee  

Throughout May we welcome volunteers to help with a variety of maintenance tasks around the observatory. Free camping at the BBO is offered in return for your time. Please contact us if you would like to help out at the BBO during this time.  Contact us to express interest.