Primates Intern - Zoo

The Primates Department at Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants to fill our 2018 internship positions.

Job Description:
The Primates department has a diverse collection of primates that includes prosimians, callitrichids, New World and Old World monkeys, and both lesser and great apes. We are a close-knit team looking to teach and mentor those who are interested in working in this rewarding profession. Interns will gain valuable experience while working with experienced primate keepers to learn aspects of zoo animal care such as husbandry, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, conservation, and public presentations. We are looking for hard-working individuals who are passionate about the field of zookeeping and have a strong passion for educating our guests about wildlife and conservation.

Time Commitment:
Internships are unpaid positions and require at least 32 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. This may include weekends and holidays. Exact start/end dates are flexible. No housing is provided.

Environmental/Working Conditions:
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.

Qualifications:
Must be at least 18 years old and demonstrate an interest in animal care and public education. Previous animal care experience 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/carrying heavy objects (up to 50 lbs), climbing stairs and ladders, kneeling, scrubbing, raking, etc.

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

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 the ranges indicated below.

Spring 2018 session - December 1, 2017
Summer 2018 session - March 1, 2018
Fall 2018 session - June 1, 2018
Winter 2018 session - September 1, 2018

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter outlining your experience and stating why you are interested in this position to Madalyn Mason, 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. 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