Animal Care

A zebra 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 expert keepers, aquarists, 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 aquatics, reptiles, invertebrates, small mammals, birds, hoofstock, and large carnivores at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or Audubon Zoo offer something for everyone.

Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation ($25 course fee)
  • Complete Audubon Naturalist volunteer training ($50 course fee)
  • Complete a background check (included in Naturalist course fee)
  • Provide a negative Tuberculosis (PPD) test (Zoo volunteers only)

If you need special assistance with the volunteer application process, or have any questions about volunteering at Audubon, please contact the Volunteer Training Coordinator by email or phone at (504) 378-2508.


Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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Animal care volunteers must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, held monthly, as well as Audubon’s Downtown Naturalist volunteer training. Naturalist volunteer training is a six-week program offered three times per year. An informal, pre-training interview with the program coordinator is required for all applicants. A total course fee of $75 covers a volunteer uniform shirt, background check, and training materials.

Animal care volunteers must successfully complete an interview with a keeper, aquarist, or trainer in their preferred section and commit to a regular, weekly shift.

Questions? Contact the Aquarium program coordinator by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 378-2508.


Audubon Zoo

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Animal care volunteers must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, held monthly, as well as Audubon’s Zoo Naturalist volunteer training. Naturalist volunteer training is a six-week program offered three times per year.  An informal, pre-training interview with the program coordinator is required for all applicants.  A total course fee of $75 covers a volunteer uniform shirt, background check, and training materials.

Animal care volunteers must successfully complete an interview with a keeper, aquarist, or trainer in their preferred section and commit to a regular, weekly shift. Animal care volunteers at Audubon Zoo must provide proof of a negative Tuberculosis (PPD) test before they are deemed eligible for a volunteer position.

Questions? Contact the Zoo program coordinator by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 378-2508.