Animal Ambassador Intern - Zoo

Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants for internships on the Animal Ambassador team.

 Job Description: 

Animal Ambassadors have an eclectic collection of animals which includes over 50 different species of hoof stock, small mammals, birds, and reptiles. We are a close knit team who are looking to teach and mentor those who are interested in working in this rewarding profession.

Interns will gain valuable experience while working with experienced Animal Ambassador keepers to learn aspects of zoo animal care such as animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance, enrichment, training, and public presentations.

Desired Skills:

Internships are unpaid positions and require at least 32 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. A strong passion for educating our guests about wildlife in a fun and friendly manner is a must.

Environmental/Working:

Interns are expected to work in all types of weather and must be able to lift, bend, and stoop. Applicants must also have current proof of a negative TB test. Start and end dates are flexible upon selection. No housing is provided.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter via email to: 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