Education

Visitors at Audubon Zoo learn about elephant care.

We are currently not accepting applications for Education Volunteers.

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 advanced volunteer training ($50 course fee)
  • Complete a background check (included in advanced 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) 212-5377.


Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Volunteer Naturalists must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, as well as Audubon’s Downtown advanced volunteer training. Advanced volunteer training is a six-week program offered twice per year. A total course fee of $75 covers a volunteer uniform shirt, background check, and training materials. Naturalists must successfully complete an interview with an education coordinator 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 Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Volunteer Naturalists must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, as well as Audubon’s Downtown advanced volunteer training. Advanced volunteer training is a six-week program offered twice per year. A total course fee of $75 covers a volunteer uniform shirt, background check, and training materials.

Naturalists must successfully complete an interview with an education coordinator in their preferred section and commit to a regular, weekly shift.

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

Volunteer Naturalists must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, as well as Audubon’s Nature Center advanced volunteer training. A total course fee of $75 covers a volunteer uniform shirt, background check, and training materials.

Naturalists must successfully complete an interview with an education coordinator in their preferred section and commit to a regular, weekly shift.

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

Volunteer Naturalists must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, as well as Audubon’s Zoo advanced volunteer training. Advanced volunteer training is a six-week program offered twice per year. A total course fee of $75 covers a volunteer uniform shirt, background check, and training materials. Naturalists must successfully complete an interview with an education coordinator in their preferred section and commit to a regular, weekly shift. 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) 212-5377.