Volunteers in Audubon Horticulture smile while surrounded by various plantsDo you have a green thumb? Are you interested in working in the most beautiful green spaces in New Orleans? If so, come volunteer as a horticultural assistant at Audubon Nature Institute’s lush and lovely parks.

Being an Audubon horticultural volunteer is a fun and rewarding way to give back to our community. Horticulture volunteers get the opportunity to work and learn as they garden and maintain Audubon Park, Audubon Riverview Park and Woldenberg Park. These spaces provide an important opportunity for our community to get outside and get into celebrating the wonders of nature.

Audubon Volunteer Orientation will be held at the Zoo on:
August 25 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
August 30 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
September 22 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
October 20 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The training is held once a month on Saturday afternoons. Each subsequent shadowing shift/working interview is scheduled individually. Once you have completed the training and working interview, you will be able to start working as an Audubon horticultural assistant! Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, between 7:30am and 3:00pm.

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Opportunities available to Audubon Horticultural Volunteers include:

  • Working at the beautiful Audubon Park, Audubon Riverview Park and/or Woldenberg Riverfront Park
  • Basic gardening: weeding, starting plants from seeds, planting, mulching, etc.
  • Special projects including exhibit enhancement, growing food for animal enrichment, etc.
  • Eradication of invasive plant species
  • Regular continuing education events


  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the training program (offered monthly)
  • Pay a $25 course fee to cover training and uniform expenses
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 90 hours annually (approximately two shifts per month)
  • Shifts are available Monday through Friday (no weekends)

If you need special assistance with the volunteer application process, or have any questions about volunteering at Audubon, please contact the Volunteer and Intern Resources Department by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 378-2508. 

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