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.
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.
- 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.
- Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.
- Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
- Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.
- 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.
- Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
- Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
- Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.
- Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
- Ability to work autonomously and under supervision.
- Affinity for animals preferred.
- Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.
- Exposure to outdoor conditions may be required.
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA, US 70118
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons
Days of week:Weekdays
Extra details:Training provided
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome