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!

Not sure what position is right for you? Apply here and we'll find the perfect fit!

Other Opportunities:
Community Service      Internships

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 or contact to learn more about upcoming events.

Following are the events we need help with this fall and winter:

Free Family Fun Day
October 7, November 11 & December 2; Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.
Help kids create fun crafts! We will provide the materials and templates.

The Perfect Pumpkin Party
October 28, 2017Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.
Ring in the fall - help with crafts, games, photo booth and more!

Bird & Wildlife Carving Exposition
November 4 and 5Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.
Attend this unique event featuring award-winning artisans. Greet visitors, watch booths and help at the food table.

Christmas Tree Sale & Photos with Santa
December 2; Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.
Become a part of this fun tradition! Help at the craft and food tables and assist with tree sales.

Holiday Craft Fair
December 2; Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge and Audubon Headquarters in Smithfield, RI.
Help with registration, set-up / break-down, or dress up in costume!

December School Vacation Week
December 27-30; Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.
Each day will have a different fun, educational theme! Join us for one day or all. Help children at the craft table and assist with special games and activities.


This opportunity is located at our Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge and headquarters in Smithfield. Answer phones, greet visitors, respond to questions and assist with special projects. A positive personality and knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Office are requested. This is an ongoing, once a week position.

Education and Animal Care

This is a unique opportunity at our wildlife refuge in Smithfield. Help our educational instructors prepare materials for classes and programs. Volunteers will also provide care for our education animals (amphibians and reptiles). This role involves cleaning, feeding and enrichment. Please have a positive attitude and some experience. This is an ongoing position with a commitment of three to four hours per week.

Raptor Care

This opportunity is located at our Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge and headquarters in Smithfield. Please have prior experience caring for birds. This is an ongoing position with a commitment of one to two hours per week.

Volunteer Naturalist

Join the team at our Environmental Education Center 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. 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. 

This position is ongoing and we request a weekly commitment of three hours per week. A variety of shifts are available. Please be 18 or older.

Conservation Volunteer

Audubon's conservation programs gives you the opportunity to help Rhode Island's wildlife.

Wildlife Refuge Boundary Stewards
This fieldwork position involves walking the boundaries of Audubon's Wildlife Refuges and noting any discrepancies from the maps or boundary-related issues. Training will be conducted in October.

Osprey Monitoring
Training sessions will be held in March.

Bluebird Box Monitoring
Program will resume in the spring.

Annual Butterfly Count
This program will resume in June. Volunteers are needed to count butterflies and help compile data.

Intern with Audubon

Gain practical experience with a well-established conservation organization.  Please send your resume or questions to or 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: 

Gain experience working on nearly 10,000 acres of wildlife refuges. 
Click here for the position description

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.
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This position will provide great experience in nonprofit finance, an understanding of business software, research and problem solving.
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Community Service Through 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.

Fulfill your community service with Audubon!