Horticulture Volunteer -- Audubon Nature Institute

  • New Orleans, LA, US

Position Title: Horticulture Volunteer

Department: Volunteer and Intern Resources

Reports To: Horticulture Supervisor

Location: Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Audubon Insect Rearing Facility, Audubon Park, Riverview Park, Woldenberg Park.

General Summary:

Horticulture Volunteers help build and maintain the wide variety of flora in our world-class facilities. The exotic plant life in our exhibits is an essential part of the immersive experience for both the animals in our collection and the guests that visit our facilities. Our Horticulture Volunteers help our Horticulture Staff maintain these breathtaking exhibits, grounds, gardens, walkways, and park areas such as our Louisiana Swamp exhibit at the Audubon Zoo, the Asian Butterfly Garden at the Audubon Insectarium, and Audubon Park.

Additionally, Horticulture Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside Audubon's expert Horticulture Staff and gain valuable skills and experience in propagation, planting, and other advanced horticulture techniques.

To deliver on the Audubon mission, the Horticulture Volunteer will:

Educate our diverse audience about the natural world.

  • Assist our horticulture staff in exhibiting a wide variety of exotic and domestic plant species in our naturalistic environments.

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.

  • Contribute to the immersive environments of our naturalistic exhibits, gardens, and facility grounds.

The above listed duties are general statements of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. They do not exclude other duties that may be requested by the supervisor.

To deliver on the Audubon service promise, the Horticulture Volunteer will:


  • Create a positive first impression for Audubon guest by keeping facility grounds healthy, clean, and well-groomed.


  • Contribute long-term, dedicated service that helps Audubon Nature Institute operate as a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks.
  • Act as an ambassador to the community to spread the core values of Audubon Nature Institute.


  • Celebrate the wonders of nature through creating and maintaining immersive naturalistic exhibits.

Age: Volunteers must be at least 16 yrs old volunteer in Audubon's adult programs.

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements:Must have the ability to use provided horticulture equipment such as shovels, rakes, spades.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Medium Work: Medium work involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  2. Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  3. Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
  4. Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.
  5. Typical ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.
  6. Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  7. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  8. Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  1. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  2. Ability to work autonomously and under supervision.
  3. Affinity for animals preferred.
  4. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.
  5. Exposure to outdoor conditions may be required.

Audubon Nature Institute Audubon Nature Institute logo

  • 6500 Magazine St.
    New Orleans, LA, US 70118
    See Map
  • Duration:

    3 months or longer
  • Time commitment:

    Occasional (weekly or monthly)
  • Times of day:

    Mornings Afternoons
  • Days of week:

  • Schedule:

    Flexible schedule
  • Extra details:

    Training provided
  • International volunteer options:

    International volunteers welcome

Thinking about grad school?

Idealist Grad Fairs are coming to a city near you!

Audubon Nature Institute Audubon Nature Institute logo

Please make corrections before moving on.
Please fill out {field}.

Uh oh.

Something unexpected just happened. Sorry!

Please try again or contact us.

Hmm... we couldn't find that place in our database.
Are you sure it's correct? Yes No

There was a problem signing in to your social account.

The error code was: error code.

If the problem persists, please contact us.

Try again

Sign in with:

Continue with:

Next ››

Log in

Welcome back! Please enter your password.

Forgot your password?

Next ››

Create your account

Looks like you're new here. Sign up! Or, log in with a different email.

‹‹ Back Next ››

Upload a photo

Nice photo! (Change)

‹‹ Back Next ››

Secure your account

Please verify that you're a human. Type the text below:

By clicking "Sign Up" you're agreeing to our Terms & Conditions

‹‹ Back

Secure your account

Please verify that you're a human. Type the text below:

By clicking "Sign Up" you're agreeing to our Terms & Conditions


Thanks for joining Idealist! We're glad to have you.

Please check your email and click on the verification link we just sent you. Your registration won't be complete until you do.


Thanks for joining the Idealist network!

Welcome back!

Please update your account details:

‹‹ Back Next ››

You're almost there!

We emailed you at with a verification link that you must click on to complete the sign up process.

Resend the verification email

Not you? Click here to become a Connector.

You're almost there!

We emailed you at with a verification link that you must click on to complete the sign up process.

Resend the verification email

Your profile is updated

Thanks for updating your profile! You can add more detail, including your interests, skills, and experience later.


Tell us why you're excited about this

Nice photo! (Change)

( No, thanks )

Please upload a photo and write a comment to continue.
Write comment to continue.
Please check the box to continue.
Please check the boxes to continue.
Please make corrections before moving on.
Please fill out {field}.
Please enter your full name.
Please let us know what to call you.
Please enter your city.
Please upload a photo.
Please tell us where you live.
Please enter a valid email address.
Passwords must be at least 6 characters long.
Email or password is incorrect.
Please try filling out the captcha again.
Please choose a profile photo.
Name can be no longer than 128 characters.
Quote can be no longer than 1024 characters.

Forgot your password?

Please enter your email so we can send you a reset link.

We just sent an email to you@example.com to reset your password.

We just sent an email to to verify your account.

Sorry, we ran into a problem with that.

Choose Another

We're glad to have you!

Before you can be active in this community, you'll have to become a Connector. Take a moment to learn more about the role and agree to our shared values before continuing.

Already a Connector? Log in

Already involved? Log in

Thank you!

Please review this final commitment we are all making to one another, and click below.

Working with others, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect, I want to help build a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

In my role as a Connector, I commit to:

Please check the box to continue.
Please check the boxes to continue.