Outreach Intern (Zoo)

Audubon Zoo’s Education Department is seeking applicants for an internship program working directly with the Outreach coordinators. 

Job Description:

The desired candidate will deliver informal Animal Life Science and Conservation education programs directly related to the Audubon Nature Institute Mission (celebrating the wonders of nature) to outreach audiences. The Outreach Intern will be involved with updating, developing, and presenting programs that are both educational and entertaining. This is an excellent opportunity to blend a passion for conservation with an enthusiasm for engaging the public! 15-35 hours per week, minimum of 250 hours total per internship. Unpaid.

Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of Biology and Animal Sciences
  • Passion for conservation efforts
  • Must be comfortable presenting programs to groups of children (toddlers to high school) and adults in offsite community events, auditoriums, classrooms, hospitals, nursing homes, camps, after school programs and other education programs as needed
  • Organizational skills required to research selected program topics
  • Creative skills to transform educational material into entertaining, interactive programs, including developing small props, activities, and games
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to adapt to audiences of different ages and sizes
  • Previous knowledge and/or willingness to handle exotic animals including invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
  • Ability to supervise and communicate with youth and adult volunteers
  • Ability to stay on feet for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to handle prolonged periods of time outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to lift 30-40 pounds

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter that states why you are interested in the position offered. Also include any special skills that you might have to help enhance audience’s experience.

Submit applications to Audubon Zoo, Education Department, Attn: Audubon Zoo, Outreach Department, 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans LA 70118 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 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 Manager
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, 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. 

2018 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 2018
January 7 – February 21

Summer 2018
May 6 – June 20

Fall 2018
Aug 5 – September 19

Winter 2018
November 4 – November 28