Weekend Admissions and Gift Shop Volunteers

Location: Topsfield, MA
Sanctuary: Ipswich River

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

As an Admissions and Gift Shop Volunteer, you will often be the face of the Sanctuary for newly arriving the visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people and share interests in nature. Front desk shifts are 3 hours long either one weekend day per week or every other.  You would be working alongside a Mass Audubon staff person and training is provided.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Welcome visitors and collect parking fees.
  • Describe Sanctuary trails and facilities.
  • Process gift shop sales.
  • Operate computer-based cash registers.
  • Process seasonal snow shoe and canoe rentals.
  • Check membership status and process new and renewal membership transactions.


At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Dependable.
  • Must be 18yrs of age.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Able to work cooperatively and independently.
  • The admission desk can be very busy, especially in season.
  • Ability to multitask is a plus.
  • Busy shifts can require prolonged periods of standing.
  • Mass Audubon staff are always available to assist and provide support as needed.

Additional Information

Saturday or Sunday and weekend Monday Holiday shifts:

Morning – 9:30M to 12:30 PM; Afternoon – 12:30pm to 3:30 PM.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please indicate your interest in volunteering by sending completed applications (PDF) to:

Laura Coulbourn, Operations Manager
Job# 3680