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Volunteer Opportunities

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is a non-profit environmental organization which relies on volunteer support. Opportunities to help Audubon include volunteering, community service and internships. We have fun, rewarding opportunities for people aged 16 and older.  Audubon partners with high schools, college groups, scout groups, fraternities & sororities, community service programs and corporate teams.

Check out our current opportunities below.

Or register to volunteer here:

Special Events 

Throughout the year, Audubon hosts a variety of fun special events. Volunteers with varying skill sets help us make these events successful! Stay updated by joining our Volunteer Newsletter.

Fall 2019:

Free Family Fun Days
October 5th, November 9th, and/or December 7th 2019
Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI.
Join the fun on the first Saturday of each month (second Saturday in September and November). Volunteers assist with nature based crafts, activities and walks from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm. Each month there is a different theme!


Nature Center and Aquarium Naturalist Volunteer

Join the team at our Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI. Naturalists support the general operations of and guide visitors through the exhibits and trails, focusing on the local flora and fauna found on the refuge. You will also support the Center's education programs, special events and more, depending on your skills and interests. Training is provided but basic knowledge of the natural world is requested. Please have a love of nature and a willingness to interact with the public. We request a weekly commitment of three hours per week, for at least three months. A variety of shifts are available. Please be 18 or older.

Animal Care & Handling Volunteer

This Audubon volunteer position involves learning to care for and handle our animal ambassadors, including turtles, snakes, frogs, invertebrates and birds. You will assist with the care and feeding of the animals, including prepping food, cleaning tanks, cages and equipment, and conducting enrichment activities. A mature individual willing to commit long-term is preferred. Learn more about this position >

Garden and Grounds Maintenance

This volunteer position is available at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI and Powder Mill ledges Wildlife Refuge/ Audubon Headquarters in Smithfield, RI. Help the caretaker with watering and maintenance of the gardens, as well as other projects around the grounds including the upkeep of trails, boardwalk, parking lot and border of property. This position requires a time commitment of one to three days per week, three to five hours per day.

Friends of the Pollinator Garden

This volunteer position assists the Caretaker in maintaining the newly installed pollinator garden at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI including watering, weeding, planting and other landscaping. Position may also entail assistance in maintaining trails, additional gardens and border of property depending on interest of volunteer candidate. This position is for spring 2019 and requires a time commitment of one to three days per week, three to five hours per day. Learn more about this position (PDF).


Audubon's conservation volunteer opportunities gives you the opportunity to help Rhode Island's wildlife and their habitats. Positions may be limited depending on the time of year.

Junior Camp Counselors

Audubon is looking for enthusiastic young adults (ages 16+) with experience working with children for our Junior Counselor positions. A love of nature, the outdoors, and science is important. Positions are available at both camp locations - Bristol and Seekonk. For more information, contact Tracey Hall at or 401-949-5454, x3011. 

Please apply for this position, here.

Community Service Through Audubon

Fulfill your community service with Audubon! We offer service opportunities for school-based, court-ordered, faith-based, family and corporate service needs. Service opportunities are typically conducted at our headquarters in Smithfield or our Nature Center in Bristol.

Intern with Audubon

Gain practical experience with a well-established conservation organization.  Please fill out the Internship Application (be sure to upload a copy of your resume and/or cover letter).

We offer internships in the following areas: 

Development / Fundraising
Conduct research, maintain databases, create annual appeals, participate in special events.
Click here for the position description.

Communications & Marketing
Gain experience with e-newsletters, news releases, media alerts.  Design flyers, develop PSAs and more!
Click here for the position description.

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