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.

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

Free Family Fun Days
April 7 & May 5; Environmental Education Center, 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!

April School Vacation Week
April 16-20;  Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI.
Pick a day and volunteer for nature! Help with crafts and activities from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Camouflaged Egg Hunt
March 24; Three Locations: Audubon Environmental Education Center (Bristol, RI), Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge (Smithfield, RI) and Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge (Exeter, RI)
Pick a location and volunteer at this fun-filled event. We need volunteers to hide eggs, lead groups of children, hand out goodies and more!

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.

Environmental Education Center Volunteer

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. 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. 

New positions will be available as of May 2018 and 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.

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.

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

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 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:

March 11; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI
March 18; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
March 18; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge/Audubon Headquarters, Smithfield, RI
March 25; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI

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!

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: 

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

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