Youth Development Intern (Zoo)

The Youth Development team at Audubon Nature Institute is seeking candidates interested in working with teen volunteers for the Youth Development Internship for Summer 2017.

Each summer the Education staff selects 25 teens (ages 12-14) for the Jr. Keeper program. Students attend four weeks of training focusing on life sciences, animal information, conservation issues, presentation skills, and volunteer policies through hands-on activities and field trips. Interns will assist with training while learning basic interpretation techniques, curriculum development, and youth training protocols. 20-35 hours per week, minimum 200 hours. Training dates are July 5-July 28. Internship is unpaid.


  • Basic understanding of Biology and Animal Sciences
  • Interested in pursuing a career in education, interpretation or youth development
  • Passion for conservation efforts
  • Must be comfortable working with teens
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to adapt to audiences of different ages and sizes
  • Must display aptitude for positive, creative problem solving
  • Must display willingness to interact with live animals, including fish, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles
  • Ability to supervise and communicate with youth volunteers
  • Ability to stay on feet for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to handle prolonged periods of time outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner require

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2 references to Stephanie Joseph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In the event their preferred placement has been filled, qualified applicants may be referred to other Audubon departments. By submitting application materials, the candidate agrees to release their information to our internship staff.



Audubon Nature Institute is proud to offer excellent professional training and experience in a variety of career tracks through our internship program. Placements are seasonally available in administration, animal care, conservation, development, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:

Maria Kohls, Volunteer & Intern Supervisor
Phone: 504.378.2524 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Audubon Internships
Basic internships last approximately 12 weeks, in which interns develop a variety of professional skills through guided instruction and hands-on experience. Some advanced placements, lasting up to 6 months, are available for well-qualified candidates. 

In addition to the core curriculum provided through each professional track, Audubon offers its program participants supplemental opportunities to learn about the operations of an AZA-accredited facility, the care and management of a diverse animal collection, the tools needed to engage and inspire guests, and much more. 

Audubon accepts applications for available positions on a rolling basis. If no deadline is indicated in the position description above, please refer to the schedule below for each session’s start window and application deadline.  Be sure to indicate your preferred session on your application.  An intern’s exact start and end date will vary according to the needs of each section. 

2017 Start Windows
In order to fulfill internship program requirements, we encourage candidates to begin their seasonal placements within the start windows below.

Spring 2017
January 8 – February 15

Summer 2017
May 7 – June 21

Fall 2017
July 31 – September 13

Winter 2017
November 5 – November 29