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Employment Opportunities

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 Brenda McMahon.


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Volunteering at Audubon

Have fun while supporting conservation!  Join Audubon’s Volunteer Team and make a difference.  We have opportunities for high school and college students, singles, working couples, and retirees. We also partner with groups such as colleges, community service programs, corporate teams, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).   

Interested in an internship or volunteering?   Please fill out our volunteer application and email it to Jon Scoones OR mail it to Audubon Society of RI, attn: Jon Scoones, 12 Sanderson Rd, Smithfield, RI  02917. A resume and work references are always helpful and are required for some positions.  

For more information, please email Jon Scoones or call him at 401-245-7500 x 3044.

Refuge Volunteers   

Cleanups at Powder Mill Ledges: This Smithfield refuge is a beautiful wildlife oasis next to a busy commercial area. Cleanups are often needed! If you are looking for a fun, hands-on volunteer opportunity where you can really see the difference you have made, please contact Kim Calcagno about a cleanup. Perfect for groups, families, and students seeking service hours!


Nature (Gift) Shop Volunteers

The Nature Shop is located at our Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.  Outgoing volunteers are needed to help run the shop throughout the day.  Your activities would include light sales, working with a cash register and greeting the public and members.  Any retail experience you might have is helpful, but not necessary.  


 Exhibit Hall Guides

Also known as docents, Exhibit Hall Guides serve as informal educators at our Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.  After completing your training, you would show visitors our exhibits and their inhabitants - explaining their natural history and importance in local ecosystems.  You might also staff the hands-on tide-pool exhibit or lead an informal walk through the refuge.  This is a great way to stay connected to nature and pass on your knowledge to others.  The time just flies by!   


Administrative / Office Work 

Help with office work is needed at both the Powder Mill Ledges refuge in Smithfield, and the Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.  Your activities would depend on your skills and might include filing, data entry, design or light reception duties. 


Johnnycake Festival

 Audubon has an opportunity to participate in this fun-filled event on October 19th and 20th.  Staff a table and talk with folks about the important work that Audubon does and distribute our information; or be a docent on an Audubon-sponsored bus taking folks from the fairgrounds to Kenyon's Gristmill.   If we have enough volunteers we can participate!  Go to to learn more about the event.  Be sure to get back to Jon Scoones by August 15th if you are interested.    


VOLUNTEER CONTACT: Interested in volunteering at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island?  Please email Jon Scoones or contact him by phone at 401-245-7500 x 3044. Click here for our volunteer application. 


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