Birds Intern (Species Survival Center)

The husbandry team at Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center is seeking applicants for a bird internship.

Location:
Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC)

Department:
Husbandry

Dates of Position:
Summer: May/June - August
Fall: August/Sept - October
Winter: Oct/Nov - January

Application Due Dates:
Summer 2022 Session: Due February 1, 2022
Fall 2022 Session: Due June 1, 2022
Winter 2022 Session: Due August 1, 2022

Time Commitment:
12 weeks (3 months)
Works 5 days per week (40 hours). Including weekends and holidays.

About the Species Survival Center:
The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) is one of the facilities run by the Audubon Nature Institute. It is a unique piece of property that expands approximately 1,000 acres in an area south of downtown New Orleans. The FMASSC is historically known for its innovative research in exotic feline reproduction at its research facility, the “Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES),” and its endangered Crane Recovery Programs. Currently FMASSC runs several programs, including; the Coastal Wildlife Network, which rehabilitates sea turtles and marine mammals; the Crane Recovery Programs, which breeds and releases endangered whooping crane and Mississippi sandhill cranes; the G.U.L.F. Program, which works with sustainable fishery projects in the Gulf of Mexico; and the most recent, the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW). The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife is the new partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global; its mission to become a large breeding center for endangered species of hoofstock and birds.

Summary of Position:
Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a collection of about 60 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 is unpaid and free housing is available upon a limited basis.

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, cleaning around chicks
  • Preparation and administering of enrichment items
  • Assist staff with veterinary procedures when required

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • 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, lift 50 lbs.
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination and proof of negative TB skin test prior to 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 the application deadlines listed at the top of the page.
    • Cover Letter - State which internship session you are applying for in your cover letter.
    • Resumé
    • 3 Reference Contacts