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This week's Wednesday morning bird walk will be at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge in South Kingstown. Meet at 9 am.

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Audubon employees full- and part-time staff as well as independentcontractors to help accomplish our mission of environmental advocacy,conservation and education. For information about all employment opportunities please contact Tony Caparelli.

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Audubon Volunteers, Internships & Community Service

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island was established in 1897, making it the oldest environmental not-for-profit organization in the state!  We are also the state's largest private landowner, managing nearly 10,000 acres.   Audubon was founded by volunteers and today Audubon relies on volunteers and interns to complete its important mission of conservation, education and advocacy.  

Opportunities to help Audubon include volunteering, community service or as an intern. We have fun, rewarding opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.  We love to partner with high schools, college groups, job corps, scout groups, fraternities & sororities, community service programs and corporate teams.

Thank you in advance for offering your time and talents to help us connect people with nature.  If you have any questions please reach out to me (Jon Scoones) at 




 Volunteer With Audubon 




 Administrative Support

  • Osprey Data:   Comfortable with computers  (Access, MA Publisher, Website)and want to help the Rhode Island-wide Osprey Monitoring Program?  Audubon has an opportunity for someone to compile Osprey observations and help create the annual publication.  This project will run through September for one half day per week.
  • Support  Audubon’s Volunteer Department:  We are looking for a responsible  with an interest in helping with data entry, running reports and keeping our volunteer records up-to-date.

  • Fall is the time for Internships – Get experience at a well established non-profit organization.   Openings exist for folks interested in finance, conservation, volunteer management and education.  See descriptions below.

 Nature Center Naturalist
  • This position is all about connecting people with nature!  Show visitors the exhibits and trails at our Nature Center in Bristol, RI. Talk with folks about local plants and animals, show them our resident wildlife and lead informal tours. Please have a love of nature and a willingness to interact with the public.  We ask that you commit to a regular 4-hour shift per week.

Wildlife Refuge Support
  • Bird Box Monitors:   Conservation Volunteer needed for a one-time project to check bird at Powder Mill Ledges, Caratunk or Fisherville Brook wildlife refuges).  Contact Jon at for details.
  • Refuge and Maintenance Volunteer at our refuge in Bristol - This position offers assistance to the Center’s Caretaker with various aspects of upkeep for the Center’s 28 acre wildlife refuge.  This may include landscaping, trail maintenance, boardwalk repair, refuge clean-up, minor carpentry and other similar tasks. Work requires physical exertion and/or physical strain and the ability to lift 50 lbs.  Work environment may involve exposure to disagreeable elements. Volunteers must be available at least one day a week between 9:30 am and 1:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Special Events 
  • Our next special event is Raptor Weekend, which will be held on September 10th and 11th at our Nature Cetner in Bristol.  This annual event is the largest festival featuring birds of prey in New England.  It is great fun for visitors and volunteers alike!   We are looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of roles; including set-up & break-down, games, activities, face painting, raffles, snacks, parking, and more!  

To apply for a volunteer position, please click here:  VOLUNTEER APPLICATION  or contact me at






Intern With Audubon




Gain useful, practical experience with a well-established not-for-profit conservation organization.  Please send your resume or questions to me at 

We offer summer internships in the following areas: 

  • Conservation - 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.
  • Finance - This position will provide great experience in nonprofit finance, an understanding of business software, research and problem solving.   This position will open again in September.   Click FINANCE for a position description. 

  To apply for an internship please send your resume to Jon Scoones:




  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.  Please note that I respond to requests for community service once a week.  To keep everything organized, please complete the following application.  

To apply for community service please click here: COMMUNITY SERVICE APPLICATION


Thank you for reaching out to Auduon.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!





 Jon Scoones, Director of Volunteer Services

Connecting people with nature! 

Email:  Office: 401-245-7500 Ext. 3044. 



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