Location: Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) New Orleans, LA

Department: Animal

Application due date: September 1, 2022

Position Dates: March- November 2023

Time Commitment:

  • 9 months (~37 weeks)
  • Works 5 days per week (40 hrs). Including weekends and holidays.


  • Free onsite housing
  • Stipend $200 per week (gross pay)

About the Species Survival Center:

Summary of Position:

Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a large collection of endangered whooping cranes and Mississippi sandhill cranes and other various bird species at this AZA certified facility.  Interns will gain experience in husbandry, enrichment, record keeping, diet preparation, monitoring animal behavior, assist in egg processing, costume-rearing of chicks, artificial insemination, pen design and maintenance, and veterinary procedures as they relate to general animal care. This internship offers a stipend and free onsite housing. The position is contingent on passing a background check and drug test.\

Duties and Responsibilities:

Daily tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Diet preparation
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning enclosures (raking, sweeping, mopping, hosing etc.)
  • Behavioral observations
  • Facility maintenance (fence repair, mowing, weed eating, painting, etc.)
  • Helping maintain and service incubators and the eggs within
  • Wearing heavy denim costumes while walking, feeding, and cleaning around chicks
  • Daily care for individual birds, pairs, flocks, and chicks
  • Preparation and administering of enrichment items
  • Assist staff with veterinary procedures when required
  • Interns living on grounds are expected to keep the house clean


  • A sincere interest in birds.
  • Strong interest in animal care, husbandry and conservation.
  • Comprehensive understanding of avian imprinting and it’s relation to costume rearing
  • Capable of accurately following written and verbal directions, policies and protocols
  • Good attitude and solid work ethic
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Ability to work outdoors in physically demanding adverse conditions (heat, humidity, rain, biting insects, poison ivy, and snakes etc.), limited visibility, and lift 50 lbs.
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination and proof of negative TB skin test prior to beginning work
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug test

How to Apply:

Send the following to Richard Dunn, RDunn@auduboninstitute.org, by September 1, 2022.

  • Coverletter - please state “stipend crane internship position” in your coverletter or email so we know what you are applying for
  • Resume
  • 3 Reference contacts