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!

Greeter and Horticulture training will be held on Sunday, July 9, August 6 & September 10, 2017. 

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, July 9, August 6 & September 10, 2017.

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, July 9, August 6 & September 10, 2017. 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.

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Youth Volunteers

Do you know a teenager who is interested in animals and conservation? Audubon Nature Institute offers a variety of opportunities for Jr. High and High School students. Audubon's dedicated youth volunteers make our mission possible, and volunteering can be a great way to get involved in our community. Each program offers a unique adventure with memories to last a lifetime!

Our youth programs include training curriculum designed to expand students’ knowledge of the natural world through hands-on learning activities, field trips and interactive sessions with animal staff. These opportunities allow students to examine various career paths as well as learn valuable work place skills including responsibility, self-confidence, accountability and public speaking. By volunteering with Audubon Nature Institute, our teens demonstrate stewardship for the environment and work together to support our purpose of Celebrating the Wonders of Nature.

 

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC Nola) is a new program created for students ages 12-19 through a partnership with Orleans Parish 4-H Foundation. YCC Nola engages teens in conservation and community issues through various hands-on workshops and service-learning opportunities with local partners. Each month students can attend two workshops and participate in a service project with local organizations. Workshops will focus on environmental stewardship, outdoor skills, leadership and service learning.

Workshops and projects will be offered throughout the summer or you can sign up for the Fall session beginning in September 2017.

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The ECCO program provides youth entering 8th-11th grades with a year long opportunity to experience Audubon Zoo, focusing on leadership, animal husbandry and conservation, as well as local and global environmental issues. They also have time for conducting school-based work with access to all Zoo Education resources during ECCO hours. Participants attend an interactive workshop after school on Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, September through May.

Click HERE for more information. Applications will be sent out in early June.

The Jr. Keeper program encourages hands-on learning, creativity, teamwork, a sense of stewardship towards the environment and the development of work place and life skills through a wide variety of volunteer experiences. Jr. Keepers obtain experience in many aspects of environmental conservation. These opportunities allow students to examine various career paths as well as learn valuable work place skills including responsibility, self-confidence, accountability, and public speaking. A year long commitment is required. Upon completion of the first year, Jr. Keepers will be eligible for a wider range of volunteer opportunities at the Zoo.

The 2018 Jr. Keeper Program is open to youth entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2018. The applications for the 2017 Jr. Keeper class are no longer available. Please check back in December for 2018 applications. For more information about the Jr. Keeper program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The AquaKid program engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science and work place skills. An exciting summer training program includes field trips and other learning opportunities at the Aquarium. The program enables students to become conservation educators and share their knowledge with aquarium visitors. A year long commitment is required. Upon completion of the first year, AquaKids will be eligible for a wider range of volunteer opportunities at the Aquarium.

The 2018 AquaKid program is open to youth entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2018. The applications for the 2017 AquaKid class are no longer available. Please check back in December for 2018 applications. For more information about the AquaKids program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Jr. Naturalist program engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science and entomology, and work place skills. Participants attend a short training course to prepare them to provide exhibit interpretation and utilize biofacts and other aids to educate aquarium and insectarium visitors. During this summer program, Jr. Naturalist will develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn service hours. Volunteers cultivate lasting experiences with their peers, adult volunteers, and Audubon staff.

The Jr. Naturalist program is open to students entering the 10th-11th grades in the Fall of 2018. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in the natural world and be able to work with people of all backgrounds and ages. A commitment of 200 hours over the months of June and July is required. These hours are earned by attending three days a week from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Shift availability will be determined based on departmental needs occurring Monday through Friday. The applications for the 2017 Jr. Naturalists class are no longer available. Please check back in December for 2018 applications. For more information about the Jr. Naturalist program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
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Group Volunteers

Audubon Nature Institute welcomes corporate, school and other volunteer groups to help us celebrate the wonders of nature. Volunteer groups make a powerful impact in our community by helping Audubon complete projects at our 10 nature-themed facilities that serve and educate the greater New Orleans area. Sign-up today to have your group help Audubon make a greater and greener impact on our community!

Group volunteer opportunities at Audubon are available year-round, with project variations due to the time of the year and needs of Audubon Nature Institute. See below to learn more about the parameters and categories for group volunteer opportunities at Audubon.

Volunteer Group Parameters

  • Projects are scheduled in shifts of three to four hours
  • Each opportunity can typically accommodate 25 or fewer participants. 
  • Group participants must be age 13 or older
  • A minimum of one chaperone per 10 minors (under 18 years) must be provided by the group.
  • Due to limited availability of projects, requests must be submitted at least 30 days in advance.

Project Categories

  • Outdoor Projects: gardening, weeding, moving substrate (soil, sand, rocks, gravel), eradication of invasive plants, park-pick-up, etc.
  • Indoor Projects: preparing materials for programs, sorting items for special events, dusting and cleaning indoor spaces, etc.
  • Special Events: helping with event setup, greeting guests, manning craft and activity tables, providing event support, cleanup etc. Major Audubon events include ZOObilation, SEAlebration, Earth Fest, Zoo-To-Do for Kids and more!

* Each project will vary depending on Audubon’s needs and the interest of the group.

For more information, please contact David Ray by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (504) 378-2633.

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