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Wednesday Morning Bird Walk (4/15) will be held at the Great Swamp Management Area. Please wear some orange. It is turkey hunting season and the Management area requires us to wear orange to be safe.

Audubon's Environmental Education Center is on Winter Hours: Weds-Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 12pm-5pm



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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 Brenda McMahon.


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Volunteering at Audubon

Welcome to Audubon's Volunteer Page! 

If you are interested in volunteering, community service or an internship you came to the right place! We have fun and 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.  

Please take a look at the opportunities listed below and be sure to come back often as they are updated every month.   Click here (volunteer application and help Audubon connect people with nature.  If you have any questions feel free to email me (Jon Scoones) at




Osprey Monitoring - Information Sessions Near You   

Audubon manages the state-wide osprey monitoring prgram, a citizen scientist progam that has been ongoing since 1977! Monitoring is a perfect way to help birds, advance local science and get outdoors.  Information sessions will be held on the dates below. 

Volunteer Role:   Monitor an Osprey nest every two weeks from April to August and submit your observations to Audubon.  There is a process to follow, so be sure to attend one of the information sessions!  Contact Jon at with questions.

When & Where

Charlestown, March 8th at 2:30 - Fish & Wildlife's Kettle Pond Visitor Center

Bristol, March 15th at 4:00 - Audubon's Environmental Education Center

Smithfield, March 22nd at 2:30 - Audubon's Headquarters

Click HERE  to sign up! 


Camouflaged Egg Hunt - Audubon's Version of an Easter Egg Hunt)

When: March 28th

Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol AND Audubon headquarters Smithfield  

Volunteer Role::  Volunteers will help hide eggs, lead groups of children, hand out prizes and help at the craft table.   

Volunteer Shift: 8:30am - 11:30am

Click HERE to sign up and see a hundred smiles before noon!


Maple Sugaring

When: March 14th

Where: Audubon's Caratunk refuge in Seekonk, MA at 301 Brown Ave.  

Volunteer Role::  Volunteers will lead groups from activity ti activity, help with the breakfast or direct cars to parking  Learn about the history of maple sugaring, enjoy the outdoors ans eat pancakes... what's not to love!?     

Volunteer Shift: 8:30am - 11:30am

Click HERE to sign up and taste the goodness of fresh maple sugar!!


Exhibit Naturalist / Trail Guide - Information Session and Training

Audubon's Environmental Education Center in Bristol hosts beautiful trails and an exhibit hall with live exhibits.  We invite outgoing folks with an interest in nature to join us as Exhibit Naturalists and help connect people with nature.  Exhibit Naturalists serve as docents, guiding visitors through the exhibit hall or along the trails. Shifts are once a week, either in the morning or afternoon.

Be sure to attend our information session to learn more about this fun and rewarding opportunity.  If you cannot make the information session but are interested contact Jon at

When: March 8th at 5:30 - 6:30pm

Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol 

Click HERE to sign up! 



 Gain useful, practical experience with a well-established not-for-profit organization.  We have opportunities in the following areas.  Please send your resume or questions to Jon Scoones at

  • Conservation - Gain experience managing nearly 100 properties comprising 10,000 acres.  Click HERE for the position description. 
  • Osprey Monitoring  - Help manage the website, database and more for this important state-wide program.  Contact Jon Scoones at for a postion description. 
  • Environmental Education - This position has been filled.  Thank you! 
  • Development / Fundraising  - Conduct research, maintain databases, create annual appeals, participate in special events. Click HEREfor 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.


For more information on any of the following opportunities email me -  or call me at 401-245-7500 x 3044.    




Wildlife Refuge Support:   

  • Refuge Monitor: Be our eyes and ears on the ground and report any concerns back to us.
  • Refuge Maintenance: Seasonal
  • Refuge Cleanups: Seasonal




  • Exhibit Naturalist: Be a guide at our Environmental Education Center in BristolShow visitors around our exhibit hall or lead a walk on the refuge trail.  This is a great way to stay connected to nature and pass your knowledge on to others.  Training to begin in March.
  • Education Assistant: Help Audubon teachers prepare for, and conduct, nature-based classes at our Bristol or Smithfield locations.



  • Arts & Crafts with Kids: Have fun with children & crafts for a couple of hours on Saturdays through the summer. 
  • Virtual Volunteer:  Help us from your home, or office!  Design, planning, research, it depends on your skills and interests!
  • Carpentry: Create toys, benches, etc.
  • Graphic Design:  Help design brochures, social media sites and more!


Conservation / Citizen Science Projects:

  • Monitor Fishing Line Collection Boxes: Monitor a collection box near you and prevent wildlife from entanglement.
  • Osprey Monitoring Program - Help monitor a nest and/or us manage the database and website. 
  • Bird box check and clean - Self managed
  • Boundary re-posting - Self managed
  • Special projects - Contact Jon at for details


  Administrative / Computer

  • Help us with reception, filing, data entry and other types of clerical support.   Locations include either the headquarters in Smithfield and the Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI.  



Interested in volunteering at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island?  

Please email Jon Scoones or contact me by phone at 401-949-5454 x 3044. 

Click here for our volunteer application.




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