Asian Domain (Carnivore) Internship

The Asian Domain department at Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants to fill our 2017 carnivore internship positions. 

Internship Overview
This internship provides an exciting opportunity to work closely with animal staff and gain hands-on experience in exotic animal husbandry, all while working with a variety of Asiatic species including large carnivores. Interns will learn about animal husbandry, enrichment, training, and exhibit maintenance, as well as how to give informal public presentations to educate guests about animal natural histories and conservation.

The program is geared toward individuals interested in zoo keeping as a career but may also benefit those pursuing careers in conservation and other related fields.

Although some flexibility is built into the program, successful applicants must be able to fulfill the general time commitment listed below. This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided.

Time Commitment
12 weeks (3 months), 4 days per week including holidays and weekends. Exact start/end dates are flexible.

Working Conditions
Applicants must be comfortable working around animals of all sizes and be able to handle themselves appropriately around dangerous animals. This internship includes manual work outdoors in all kinds of weather (e.g. heat, humidity, rain), so an ability and willingness to work in adverse conditions is required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must demonstrate an interest in animal care and husbandry. Previous animal care experience and/or coursework in a related field is preferred.
  • Must be able to walk/stand for extended periods of time (up to 90% of the day).
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift, and carry heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to follow both written and verbal instructions and effectively communicate with coworkers.
  • Must possess a good attitude and work ethic and a willingness to learn.

2017 Session Dates & Application Deadlines

  • Spring (Feb – May): December 1, 2016
  • Summer (May – Aug): April 1, 2017
  • Fall (Aug – Nov): June 1, 2017
  • Winter (Nov – Feb): Sept 1, 2017

How to Apply

Please send a one-page resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in our position to Jamie Orth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the above deadlines. Be sure to indicate your preferred session(s) in your application materials.

If your 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. If you need special assistance with the intern application process, or have any questions about Audubon’s internship program, please contact the Manager for Volunteer & Intern Resources by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 378-2524.

Spring 2017
January 8 – February 15

Summer 2017
May 7 – June 21

Fall 2017
July 31 – September 13

Winter 2017
November 5 – November 29