Aquarium Husbandry Intern

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is seeking applicants for our Husbandry Internship program. 

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is seeking applicants for our Husbandry Internship Program. Several internship opportunities are available to hard working, self-motivated candidates interested in developing their careers and contributing to the success of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. This program offers practical, on-the-job experience for those seeking a career in an Aquarium field. Positions are available Fishes and Inverts, Water Chemistry, Aviculture and Quarantine working 24-32 hours a week. 

Positions Available:

FISHES AND INVERTS -This position assists staff with daily animal husbandry for a diverse collection of fishes and invertebrates. Duties include animal observations, servicing animal habitats and holding areas, preparing diets, feeding the animal collection and interacting with guests for animal talks and public feeds.

AVICULTURE - This position assists Aviculture staff with the daily care of a diverse collection of birds, including penguins, raptors, parrots and budgerigars. Duties include animal observations, servicing animal habitats and holding areas, preparing diets, feeding the animal collection and public speaking for animal talks. This Aviculture department also runs the Penguin Pass program taking guests behind the scenes and teaching conservation messaging. 

QUARANTINE - This position works at the Audubon Aquatics Center (AAC), the support facility of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. This facility hosts a diverse collection of sharks and fishes, and hosts the Coastal Wildlife Network Stranding Program. Interns will get a well- rounded experiences that includes animal care, exhibit maintenance, water chemistry and life support. The AAC is not open to the general public. 

WATER CHEMISTRY - This position assists the water quality lab staff with monitoring water quality and chemistry parameters for all systems at the Aquarium. Duties include performing tests with spectrophotometer pH and dissolved oxygen probes, recordkeeping and coliform testing. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in environmental conditions
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to climb stairs, kneel, and squat

General Requirements

  • Must have the ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Prefer candidates that are pursuing a degree in a Biology related field.
  • Must commit to a schedule.
  • Must pass a background check
  • May be subject to random drug screening
  • Must have strong communication skills and be comfortable engaging a diverse audience.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Dee Murphy 
Curator of Aquatic Husbandry 

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 
Husbandry Department 
1 Canal Street 
New Orleans, LA, 70130 

or email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “Husbandry Internship Application”. Please state in your cover letter which positions are of interest.

Dates of Position: 
Spring, February - May
Summer, May - August
Fall, August - Nov
Winter, November - February

Application due dates: 
For Spring 2018 session - Dec 1, 2017
For Summer 2018 session - March 1, 2018
For Fall 2018 session - June 1, 2018
For Winter 2018 session - Sept 1, 2018

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