Zoo Husbandry Intern

Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants for zookeeper internships in the Animal Health Care Center.

Animal Care Center interns will work with keeper staff to care for a variety of injured, ill, recovering or quarantined collection animals. Interns will gain valuable hands on experience while working with keeper staff to learn all aspects of animal care such as animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance, enrichment, and animal restraint. Interns should have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the animal care field. Internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 32 hours for 12 weeks.  Candidates must be at least 18 year old.  Housing is not provided.


  1. Completed one year of college
  2. Ability to communicate positively and effectively with co-workers both verbally and in writing
  3. Ability to work independently and execute tasks efficiently and accurately
  4. Ability to maintain accurate records
  5. Able to work in all types of weather
  6. Must be able to bend, lift, and scoop
  7. Current proof of negative TB test. Rabies vaccinated (optional)

Please submit resume and cover letter to Julie Liberante, Hospital Keeper 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