Education

Visitors at Audubon Zoo learn about elephant care.

Audubon Nature Institute is an internationally-acclaimed family of facilities that welcomes millions of guests each year.  While spending time with our animals, learning about their habitats, and discovering ways to make an impact through conservation, Audubon’s education volunteers, or Naturalists, help guests explore the marvels of their world at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, and Audubon Zoo.  Whether it’s swinging orangutans, swimming sharks, native birds, 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 collections by interpreting live exhibits, giving presentations on biofacts, and engaging guests in fun, entertaining, and unforgettable Audubon experiences. Naturalist volunteers also assist our expert Guest Engagement educators through up-close encounters with ambassador animals.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 378-2508.


Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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Volunteer Naturalists 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.

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 Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

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Volunteer Naturalists 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.

Questions? Contact the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 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 Louisiana Nature Center

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Volunteer Naturalists must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, held monthly, as well as Audubon’s Nature Center Naturalist volunteer training. Naturalist volunteer training is a three-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.

Questions? Contact the Nature Center 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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Volunteer Naturalists 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. Naturalist 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.