Zoo Husbandry Keeper

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.


  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. 

About Audubon Internships 

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. Please refer to the schedule below for each session’s start window. 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. Most internships last 12 – 14 weeks. 


January 17, 2016 - February 25, 2016 May 1, 2016 – June 23, 2016


August 1, 2016 - September 1, 2016 October 31, 2016 - December 1, 2016 


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.

2017 Program Dates Coming Soon…
Please check back for our 2017 program dates, coming in late November.  For questions about placements in the meantime, please contact Maria Kohls.