Animal Ambassador Intern - Zoo

The Animal Ambassador department at Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants to fill our 2018 internship positions.

Internship Overview:

This internship provides an exciting and unique opportunity to gain hands on experience with our collection of Animal Ambassadors at Audubon Zoo. Interns will work with over 50 species including small hoofstock, small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. All the ambassador animals are used for a variety of programming both on and off grounds. Interns will have the opportunity to assist in on grounds programming.

Interns will gain valuable skills and knowledge while working with our experienced Animal Ambassador team. They will learns many aspects of animal care including general husbandry, nutrition, exhibit maintenance, behavioral management and public presentations. We are a close-knit team looking to teach and mentor those who are interested in working in this rewarding profession and who are eager to share their own passion for wildlife and conservation with our guests.

Time Commitment:

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.

Working Conditions/Requirements:

This internship includes manual labor and work in all weather conditions (e.g. heat, humidity, rain). Applicants must have current proof of a negative TB test. No housing is provided.

Qualifications:

Must be at least 18 years old and must demonstrate an interest in animal care and public education. Previous animal care experience and/or coursework in a related field is preferred.

Must be comfortable with all the physical challenges that come along with the position, including but not limited to: walking/standing for extended periods of time, lifting and carrying heavy objects (up to 50lbs), climbing stairs and ladders, kneeling, scrubbing, raking, etc.

Must be able to follow both written and verbal instructions and effectively communicate with staff and volunteers.

2018 Session Dates and Application Deadlines:

In order to fulfill internship program requirements, we encourage candidates to begin their seasonal placements within the first month of ranges indicated below.

Spring 2018 (February-May)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Summer 2018 (May-August)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Fall 2018 (August-November)
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Winter 2018 (November-February)
Application Deadline: September 1, 2018

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining your experience and stating why you are interested in this position to Amanda Kaufman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the above deadlines. Please be sure to indicate your preferred session(s) in your application materials.

In the event their preferred placement has been filled, qualified applicants may be referred to other Audubon departments that still have openings. 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