School Programs Intern (Aquarium)

The School Programs team at Audubon Nature Institute is seeking candidates interested in working with school field trip groups in the Education department for Spring 2018.

Job Description:

The School Programs Intern will provide support to Audubon Nature Institute’s School Programs department. The School Programs team facilitates field trips, home school programs and teacher workshops. Tasks include information processing, research, maintaining up-to-date course materials, assisting the department with program delivery, and organizing shared departmental spaces to ensure a welcoming environment for staff, volunteers, and participants. The candidate will report to work at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in downtown New Orleans. Requires a 20-30 hour per week commitment for 12-14 weeks. Working on weekends and holidays may be required. Internship is unpaid.

Responsibilities: 

  • Research upcoming program topics and activities
  • Develop school programs curriculum
  • Assist school programs educator with classroom set up and activities
  • Assist school programs educator with classroom clean-up
  • Any other duties as requested by supervisor(s)

Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of Biology and Animal Sciences
  • Interested in pursuing a career in education, interpretation or marine biology
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to adapt to audiences of different ages and sizes
  • Must display aptitude for positive, creative problem solving
  • Must display willingness to interact with live animals, including fish, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision

How to apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and contacts for 2 references to Stephanie Joseph at 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