Adult Volunteers

Adult volunteers and interns provide invaluable support to Audubon Nature Institute's family of nature-themed facilities: Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Park and Riverview Park, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Wilderness Park and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Each of our volunteers plays a critical role in our celebration of nature, and ensures the success of our facilities. We offer fun and exciting volunteer opportunities across a wide variety of interests—opportunities include serving and engaging our guests, helping with horticulture in our lush parks and gardens, providing educational chats and animal encounters, assisting with animal husbandry behind the scenes and more!

Audubon is actively seeking new volunteers and interns. If you are over 18 years old, and are dedicated to conservation and environmental awareness, Audubon is the place for you! Training requirements, minimum service commitment, fees, and specific job requirements are included with each description. Choose a category and apply today to work on the wild side with Audubon Nature Institute!

Adult Naturalists   Audubon Greeters   Horticulture Volunteers

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Audubon Nature Institute is an internationally-acclaimed family of facilities dedicated to the wonders of the natural environment. Each year millions of visitors enjoy spending time with our animals, learning about their habitats, and discovering ways to make an impact through conservation. Adult Naturalists help guests explore the marvels of their world at each of our public facilities: Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Whether it’s swinging orangutans, swimming sharks or crawling centipedes that interest you most…they all asked for you to be a volunteer!

Naturalists serve as the link between our guests and our collections by interpreting live exhibits, giving presentations on biofacts, and engaging guests in a fun, entertaining, and unforgettable Audubon experience. Naturalist candidates must complete a six-week training program, offered quarterly. An informal, pre-training interview with the program coordinator is required for all applicants.  The fee for the Naturalist course is $75, which covers training materials, a background check, and uniform items.

After training and 30 hours of service, Naturalists are eligible to apply for advanced volunteer placements like husbandry, animal handling, school programs and outreach, and diving. Audubon also offers continuing education, advanced volunteer certifications, appreciation events, and opportunities for advancement to all volunteers.

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Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age.
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (PPD) test is required before a volunteer’s first shift.
  • Naturalists are required to undergo a background check before becoming an active volunteer. The cost of this service is included in the course fee.
  • Naturalists work a weekly four-hour shift at their facility of choice:  Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, or Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
  • Volunteers must commit to a minimum one year of service.

For questions about volunteering at the Zoo, please contact the Naturalist Program Coordinator by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 212-5336. For questions about volunteering at the Aquarium or the Insectarium, please contact the Naturalist Program Coordinator by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 378-2719. 

Audubon Nature Institute is the nation's largest collection of nature-themed attractions. Our internationally acclaimed facilities welcome over two million visitors each year. Audubon relies on our volunteers to celebrate nature with these guests, and Audubon Greeters are our front-line representatives making our first—and best—impressions.

Being an Audubon Greeter is not only an important job, it is also fun! Greeters enjoy working in a beautiful facility filled with wild animals and get to meet interesting people from all around the world. Apply today to come work on the wild side as an Audubon Greeter.

Greeter training for the Zoo and Aquarium will be held on Sunday, October 9 & Sunday, December 4, 2016.

The training is held monthly with classes offered on two consecutive weekends, attendance at both classes is required. Once you have completed the training, you will be able to start working as an Audubon Greeter. Greeters are needed 7 days a week between 9:30am and 3:00pm at Audubon Zoo.

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Opportunities available to Audubon Greeters include:

  • Working at the beautiful Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • Greeting & assisting guests
  • Answering questions & distributing information
  • Assisting with special events
  • Opportunities for advancement as a shift supervisor

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the Greeter training program (offered monthly)
  • Pay a $25 course fee to cover training and uniform expenses
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 50 hours annually

Questions? Call (504) 378-2525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

Do you have a green thumb? Are you interested in working in the most beautiful green spaces in New Orleans? If so, come volunteer as a horticultural assistant at Audubon Nature Institute’s lush and lovely parks.

Being an Audubon horticultural volunteer is a fun and rewarding way to give back to our community. Horticulture volunteers get the opportunity to work and learn as they garden and maintain Audubon Park, Audubon Riverview Park and Woldenberg Park. These spaces provide an important opportunity for our community to get outside and get into celebrating the wonders of nature.

Horticulture volunteers share an orientation with the Greeter program monthly. The next orientation will be held Sunday, October 9 & Sunday, December 4, 2016. Following orientation, each volunteer will be required to attend one shift/working interview as they shadow Audubon’s Horticulture staff members before scheduling regular volunteer service.

The orientation is held once a month on a Sunday. Each subsequent shadowing shift/working interview is scheduled individually. Once you have completed the training and working interview, you will be able to start working as an Audubon horticultural assistant! Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, between 7:30am and 3:00pm.

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Opportunities available to Audubon Horticultural Volunteers include:

  • Working at the beautiful Audubon Park, Audubon Riverview Park and/or Woldenberg Riverfront Park
  • Basic gardening: weeding, starting plants from seeds, planting, mulching, etc.
  • Special projects including exhibit enhancement, growing food for animal enrichment, etc.
  • Eradication of invasive plant species
  • Regular continuing education events

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the training program (offered monthly)
  • Pay a $25 course fee to cover training and uniform expenses
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 90 hours annually (approximately two shifts per month)
  • Shifts are available Monday through Friday (no weekends)

Questions? Call (504) 378-2525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.