Carnivore Internship (Asian Domain)

The Asian Domain department at Audubon Zoo is looking for enthusiastic applicants to fill our 2016 fall and winter internship positions.

Interns will gain valuable hands-on exotic animal care experience for a variety of Asiatic species including Amur leopards, Malayan sun bears, Sulawesi babirusa, and Asian small-clawed otters. They will work side-by-side with animal care staff and learn the basics of animal husbandry and nutrition, behavioral observation, enrichment design, facility maintenance, record keeping, and public speaking. Interns may also observe animal training sessions and veterinary procedures as opportunities arise.

This internship is geared toward individuals interested in a career in zoo keeping; however, it may also benefit individuals pursuing careers in other related professions. This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided. 

Applicant Requirements: 

  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Must possess a good attitude and work ethic.
  • Demonstrated interest in animal care and husbandry. Previous animal care experience and/or coursework in a related field is preferred but not required.
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in adverse conditions (e.g. heat, humidity, rain, mosquitoes).
  • Able to walk/stand for extended periods of time (up to 90% of the day).
  • Able to push, pull, lift, and carry heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to work both with a team and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Able to follow both written and verbal instructions and effectively communicate with coworkers.

Time Commitment:

12 weeks, 32 hours (4 days) per week including holidays and weekends.

2016 Internship Dates:

August – November (Fall)

November – February (Winter)

Application Deadlines:

For Fall: June 15, 2016

For Winter: September 15, 2016

To Apply:

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 which session you are applying for.



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.