Animal Care Aid

Alligators at the Louisiana Swamp at Audubon Zoo.

Providing top-notch animal care is the foundation of Audubon Nature Institute’s mission, and it can be a big, dirty job! Did you know that an adult sea otter eats 20-25% of its body weight each day? And, what goes in must come out—an adult male white rhino can produce as much as 50 pounds of poop per day!

Audubon animal care volunteers join our team of animal care experts, and trainers to care for our collection of more than 15,000 animals. Volunteers assist with daily tasks such as diet preparation, exhibit maintenance, basic animal husbandry, enrichment, and, yes…cleaning up poop. Opportunities to work with reptiles, invertebrates, small mammals, birds, hoofstock, and large carnivores at Audubon Zoo offer something for everyone.

Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete a background check (included in orientation course fee)
  • Complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation ($30 course fee)
  • Complete Audubon advanced volunteer training
  • Provide a negative Tuberculosis (PPD) test
  • Responsible for purchasing uniform ($10 average)

If you need special assistance with the volunteer application process, or have any questions about volunteering at Audubon, please contact the Adult Volunteer Coordinator by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling at (504) 212-5336.

To become an Animal Care Aid Volunteer you must have completed orientation and be an active member of the Audubon Volunteer Core. To join the volunteer team complete the application today.

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