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Volunteer at Mill Grove

Help Audubon and Mill Grove by becoming a volunteer! 
Current Volunteers, click here to login to the Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteering at Mill Grove: 

The John James Audubon Center is an Audubon “Conservation Action Center” where visitors are inspired and empowered to take action that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. 

Interested in becoming a part of the volunteer team? See below for contact information and a partial list of volunteer opportunities.


Education volunteers assist with setting up, delivering, and breaking down school programs designed to help students discover the wonder of nature, birds, and biodiversity through hands-on learning. Education volunteers also work with Center staff to prepare and deliver offsite, community education programs as well as onsite public programming.

Interested volunteers may be trained in bird handling to present bird ambassadors at schools, public events, and occasionally weddings.  

For education volunteers, we will be holding training sessions in August. You must attend one of the following sessions: August 6th and 7th, or August 15th and 16th.

For the job description or to register for one of the training sessions, please email


  • Maintenance

    Small maintenance jobs always need to be done. Just a few things on our list include: small repairs, painting, changing lightbulbs, and checking filters. If you always dreamed of being a handy man this position is for you.

  • Grounds

    With well over 200 acres there is a lot to do to keep our site presentable to the public. Watering plants, sweeping, leaf blowing, planting grass seed, and removing fallen branches and non-native, invasive species are just a few of the many tasks that need to regularly be done. Is your yard pristine – apply here. 

  • Native Plants

    Native flower bed creation, repair, and upkeep are constant needs on property at Mill Grove. Keep things new by changing locations every time you come or if you prefer consistency, adopt one of our beds as your own. If gardening is your thing, you will love this opportunity.

  • Trails

    With over 9 miles of trails on property there is a great need for upkeep. Keep our trails clean, tidy, and presentable by picking up trash, marking trails, and minor trail maintenance. Are you an outdoors person or health nut – get your dose of nature and steps in by helping us here.

  • Riparian Buffer Restoration

    Riparian buffers are the vegetated areas bordering waterways. They shade and protect them from the impact of adjacent land use, manage stormwater, create streambank stabilization, and reduce erosion. Healthy riparian buffers are key in increasing water quality, reducing pollution, and providing climate resilience. Help us maintain our riparian buffer restoration project that includes more than 1700 trees and shrubs.

Center/Historic House:

  • Docent (Tour Guide)

    Greet visitors and conduct tours of the Historic House Museum at Mill Grove. Tours focus on the life and artwork of famous artist & naturalist John James Audubon (1785-1851) as well as the storied history of the property. History and art nerds apply here.

  • Gift-Shop/Front Desk

    Specializing in visitor relations, this position is the face of our property. Greet visitors, help answer questions about the property, ring up sales in the gift shop, and help with other small administrative tasks. Are you a People Person – this is the job you want!

  • House Keeping

    Assist us with light housekeeping of the Historic House and Barn. You will help keep the museum looking clean and inviting for our visitors through vacuuming, dusting, and other basic cleaning tasks. Are you a Neat Freak – volunteer for this position

  • Administrative

    Help the center keep on task with administrative tasks including data entry, filing, sorting and addressing mail, as well as other organizational activities. Have O.C.D. or like to organize your closet in your spare time – this is the job you want!


Have a special skill or want to volunteer doing something not listed? We’ll be glad to talk with you about other opportunities – just let us know.

Required application and background check forms are available to download below.

All inquiries about volunteering for education programs should be addressed to:
Marcy Engleman
Senior Coordinator, Conservation Education

All other inquiries about volunteering should be addressed to:
Brian Walsh
Visitor Experience Manager