A group of teenagers volunteer at the Audubon Nature Institute.

Audubon Nature Institute is dedicated to providing each of the youths in our program with a safe and rewarding volunteer experience. We will continue to engage our existing youth volunteers with virtual environmental education and social events, however Audubon’s reduced staffing and careful social distancing policies have limited our ability to add new youth to the volunteer corps. After careful consideration of local and federal COVID-19 regulations and recommendations, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 application process for the Jr. Keeper, Jr. Aquarist, and Jr. Ecologist programs.

Audubon’s Youth Development team plans to reopen the application process for the Junior Keeper program in Fall 2021. Join our mailing list to learn about youth volunteer opportunities at Audubon Nature Institute as they become available.

 
PLEASE NOTE: YCC projects are currently on hold due to facility closures and current state and local social distancing guidelines.

2 youths volunteer at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center as part of the Youth Conservation Corps, YCC Nola.

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC Nola) provides monthly service-learning opportunities for teens through a partnership with the Orleans Parish 4-H Program. Participants learn about conservation, environmental stewardship, and community service through hands-on projects throughout the Greater New Orleans Area.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and commitment is low (only once per month), so this is a great way to earn community service hours, supplement other extracurricular activities and, make a difference in your community!

YCC Nola: 

  • Is open to applicants in 7th-12th grades
  • Accepts new members year round
  • Hosts projects one Saturday per month during the school year (August-May)
  • Offers low time and financial commitments
  • Grants participants access to other clubs and events offered through Orleans Parish 4-H

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Click HERE to get on the YCC mailing list and receive information about upcoming service projects!

Smiling youth volunteers show off the training cart at the Audubon Zoo.The Jr. Keeper program encourages hands-on learning, creativity, teamwork, a sense of stewardship towards the environment and the development of workplace and life skills through a wide variety of volunteer experiences. Jr. Keepers obtain experience in many aspects of environmental conservation. These opportunities allow students to examine various career paths as well as learn valuable workplace skills including responsibility, self-confidence, accountability, and public speaking. A year-long commitment is required. Upon completion of the first year, Jr. Keepers will be eligible for a wider range of volunteer opportunities at the Zoo.

  • Available to students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in the upcoming fall semester
  • Applications in late December/early January
  • Interviews in April
  • 4 weeks of training in July
  • One year commitment to volunteering required, 4 hours each week
We are currently not accepting applications. Pleas check back January 2021.

For more information about the Jr. Ecologists program, please email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A group of youth volunteers show a black and white snack to a group of children.The Jr. Aquarist program engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science and workplace skills. An exciting summer training program includes field trips and other learning opportunities at the Aquarium. The program enables students to become conservation educators and share their knowledge with aquarium visitors. A year-long commitment is required. Upon completion of the first year, Jr. Aquarists will be eligible for a wider range of volunteer opportunities at the Aquarium.

  • Available to students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in the upcoming fall semester
  • Applications in late December/early January
  • Interviews in April
  • 4 weeks of training in July
  • One year commitment to volunteering required, 4 hours each week
We are currently not accepting applications. Pleas check back January 2021.

For more information about the Jr. Aquarist program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A group of children ranging in age, pose for a quick photo while volunteering at Audubon Nature Institute.Jr. Ecologists (Formerly EcoAmbassadors) engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science and entomology, and workplace skills. Participants attend a short training course to prepare them to provide exhibit interpretation and utilize biofacts and other aids to educate aquarium and insectarium visitors. During this summer program, Jr. Ecologists will develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn service hours. Volunteers cultivate lasting experiences with their peers, adult volunteers, and Audubon staff.

  • Available to students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in the upcoming fall semester
  • Applications in January
  • Interviews in April
  • 2 weeks of training in June
  • Volunteer 4 shifts each week during the summer
  • Opportunity to continue volunteering after the summer
We are currently not accepting applications. Pleas check back January 2021.

For more information about the Jr. Ecologists program, please email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.