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Adult Naturalists

Audubon Zoo is an internationally acclaimed facility dedicated to conservation and environmental education. Help save animals and their habitats by celebrating the wonders of nature with our guests as a Zoo volunteer.  Each person whose life is touched by the animals and people at Audubon will go forward with a greater appreciation of nature and the need to protect our fragile environment.

Apply Today!

The Fall 2014 training is full.
Apply to the next Naturalist training that will be held in Spring 2015.

To become an Adult volunteer at Audubon, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Take a Tuberculosis PPD test - results must prove negative
  • Have a pre-training interview with the volunteer coordinator
  • Complete a 12 week training course
  • Pay a $75 course fee to cover training and uniform expenses
  • Agree to work a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week 
  • Volunteer for a minimum of 6 consecutive months 

We are currently taking applications for Spring 2015 Volunteer Training Class.  Interviews for this program will be held in January. Classes will begin in February.  Once accepted into the program, volunteers engage in a two-month training program.  This training is only offered twice a year - Spring  and Fall.

After completing the training, adult volunteers begin working as naturalist guides giving fun interpretive animal chats and activities. Naturalists can choose to apply for more advanced volunteer placements, like husbandry and education animal handling, after a probationary period of 30 hours of service. 

Apply online or contact the Naturalist Program Coordinator by email or at (504) 212-5336 with questions. 

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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