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This week’s Wednesday Morning Bird Walk has been canceled due to the impending storm.

The Whooping Crane Lecture scheduled for Tuesday, 1/27/15 7:00-8:00 pm has been cancelled.  Please watch for further updates, as we hope to reschedule for next week. 

Environmental Education Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday (unless conditions change and we can open at noon) 

Winter Hours Now In Effect at the Environmental Education Center: 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 the Volunteer Opportunities Page! 

We have a lot of fun and rewarding volunteer, community service and internship opportunities.  Following is a list of opportunities by month, as well as a list of ongoing opportunities.

We have fun volunteer opportunities for all ages and backgrounds.  We love to partner with groups such as high schools, colleges, job corps, scout groups, community service programs and corporate teams.     If you are interested in helping connect people with nature, please complete our online volunteer application.   


SPOTLIGHT Audubon Internships:   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 for a postion description. 
  • Environmental Education - This postioin has been filled.  Thank you! 
  • 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.




Event: Valentine's Day   

Special programs are being held to celebrate this wonderful day at Audubon's Environmental Education Center in Bristol.  

When: February 14th  

Event Time: 10:00 - 2:00 

Click HERE   to sign up! 

Volunteer Shift: 10:00 - 2:00 

Volunteer Roles:   We are looking for 1 person to help with crafts!

1)  Help kids put together nature-based crafts (provided by Audubon) at the craft table.   

2) Help with fun activities for children 


Event: President's Day & School Vacation Week

Special programs and fun activities are being held at Audubon's Environmental Education Center in Bristol.  

WhenWe are looking for 2-3 people on February 19th.  All the other days are set - thank you!

Event Time: 10:00 - 2:00 

Click HERE  to sign up! 

Volunteer Shift: 10:00 - 2:00 

Volunteer Roles:  

1)  Help kids put together nature-based crafts (provided by Audubon) at the craft table.   

2) Help with fun activities for children 



Event: Osprey Monitoring - Information Sessions Near You   

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

When & Where

Charlestown, March 8th - Fish & Wildlife's Kettle Pond Visitor Center

Bristol, March 15th - Audubon's Environmental Education Center

Smithfield, March 22nd - Audubon's Headquarters

Event Time: Varies - Contact Jon Scoones

Click HERE    to sign up! 

Volunteer Roles:   Monitor an Osprey nest every two weeks and submit your observations to Audubon.  There is a citizen science process to follow, so be sure to attend one of the information sessions!


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

 When: March 28th, volunteers report at 8:30am

Where: Audubon refuges in Bristol and 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. 


 Event: 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 are inviting 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.

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 in the volunteer position please contact Jon at

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

Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol 

Click HERE to sign up! 




For more information on any of the following opportunities email me - Jon Scoones-  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.


Nature Shop: 

  • Have some retail experience?  Want some retail experience?  Help in our gift shop in Bristol, RI.  It is a fun, low-key environment. 



  • 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!


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. 


  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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