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 service projects begin in May and will be offered throughout the summer.

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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 two interactive workshops per week after school, September through May. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 program. Aplications will be available in late May 2017. For more information about the ECCO program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 2016 Jr. Keeper Program is open to youth entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2016. Completed applications are due by March 18, 2016. Interviews will take place in late March. The mandatory summer training program will be July 5-29, 2016. During the school year (September-May), Jr. Keepers must attend one shift each weekend. For more information about the Jr. Keeper program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2016

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 2016. 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. For more information about the Jr. Naturalist program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2016

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 2016 AquaKid program is open to youth entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2016. Completed applications are due by March 18, 2016. Interviews will take place in April. The mandatory summer training program will be July 5-29th, 2016. During the school year (September-May), AquaKids will be required to attend one shift each weekend. For more information about the AquaKids program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2016