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 and Winter 2018:

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

February School Vacation Week
February 18 - 22, 2019
Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI.
Help with special programs, crafts and other activities from 10 am to 3 pm.

Maple Sugaring
March 16, 2019
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
Guide small groups from outdoor station to station where participants will learn all about maple sugaring and the time-honored process of creating this delectable treat! Each group ends their visit in the barn to eat treats with maple syrup. Volunteer shift runs from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. No experience is necessary. 

Spring Craft Fair
Date TBD
Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI.
Help greet visitors and serve warm apple cider from 10 am to 4 pm.

Audubon Headquarters Volunteer

Audubon is looking for a positive, nature-loving volunteer to help out at the front desk with light phones, greet walk-ins and help with clerical tasks. This volunteer opportunity is located at our Smithfield Headquarters at 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI.  Available shifts are Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

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.

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 Volunteer

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).

Conservation Volunteer

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

Osprey Monitoring

This statewide program was started back in 1977 in order to maintain watch on an important indicator species in Rhode Island.

Osprey Monitors
Volunteers are needed to monitor Osprey nests during their 2019 breeding season (April – August) in Rhode Island. This is fun, fair-weather fieldwork at its best! Training occurs in March. Head over to to learn more about the program.

In order to participate in this exciting citizen science opportunity, you must attend one training session. Training sessions are as follows:

Sunday, February 24, 2019; 11:00 pm – 1:00 pm; Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
Tuesday, February 26, 2019; 6:00-8:00 pm; Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Sunday, March 3, 2019; 1:00-3:00 pm; Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI
Sunday, March 10, 2019; 1:00-3:00 pm; Fish & Wildlife Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI

Osprey Monitor Program Assistant
We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help run the program during the 2018 season. Duties will include assigning nests, blogging, updating the database, compiling the data, managing photographs and more. This will require a weekly commitment of 3 -4 hours from March – August. Head over to to learn more about the Osprey Monitoring program.

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.