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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.

Spring and Summer 2018:

Free Family Fun Days
August 4 & September 1, 2018
Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI.
Join the fun on the first Saturday of each month. Volunteers assist with nature based crafts, activities and walks from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm. Each month there is a different theme!

Raptor Weekend
September 8 & 9, 2018
Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI.
Help make this event a hoot! Join Audubon for this exciting and unique volunteer opportunity.


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 assists the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium caretaker with watering and maintenance of the gardens, as well as other projects around the Nature Center grounds including the upkeep of trails, boardwalk, parking lot and border of property. This position is for summer and fall 2018 and requires a time commitment of one to three days per week, three to five hours per day. Learn more about this position (PDF).


Friends of the Pollintor 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 summer and fall 2018 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.

Refuge Monitor
This fieldwork position involves monitoring, tracking and reporting on the condition of Audubon's public and private land holdings. Navigational training will be provided, but applicants should be comfortable with traversing unmarked forest in various weather conditions.

Bluebird Box Monitoring
This opportunity will resume in the spring.


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. Internships are available and we welcome work study students as well as service learning or course work requirements. Please be be 18 years old or older, able to commit to 1 - 3 days per week, 3 - 5 hours per day and have reliable transportation. Experience with animals is preferred. Learn more about this position (PDF).


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.

Information Technology (IT) Intern
Gain experience in staff support, systems integration, network administration, upgrades and hardware maintenance.
Click here for the position description

Finance
This position will provide great experience in nonprofit finance, an understanding of business software, research and problem solving.
Click here for the position description