Asian Domain Carnivore Intern (Zoo)

The Asian Domain department at Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants to fill our 2018 internship positions.

Internship Overview:
This internship provides an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience in exotic animal husbandry, all while working with a variety of Asiatic species including large carnivores (bears and cats). Interns will work closely with animal staff and learn about animal husbandry, enrichment, and training, as well as how to give informal public presentations to educate guests about animal natural histories and conservation. The program is geared toward individuals interested in zoo keeping as a career but may also benefit those pursuing careers in conservation and other related fields.

This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided.

Time Commitment
Candidates must be able to work at least 4 days (32 hours) per week, including holidays and weekends, for 12 weeks. Exact start/end dates are flexible.

Working Conditions
This internship includes a lot of manual work outdoors in all kinds of weather (e.g. heat, humidity, rain), so an ability and willingness to work in adverse conditions is required.

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

Must be comfortable with all physical challenges associated with the position, including but not limited to: walking/standing for extended periods of time; lifting and carrying heavy objects and equipment (up to 50 lbs); climbing stairs and ladders; stooping, kneeling, scrubbing, etc; working outdoors and in adverse weather conditions; and other activities associated with animal husbandry.

Must be comfortable working around animals of all sizes and be able to handle themselves appropriately around dangerous animals.

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

2018 Session Dates & Application Deadlines

  • Spring (Feb - May): December 1, 2017
  • Summer (May - Aug): March 1, 2018
  • Fall (Aug - Nov): June 1, 2018
  • Winter (Nov - Feb): Sept 1, 2018

How to Apply
Please send a one-page resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in our position to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the above deadlines. Be sure to indicate your preferred session(s) in your application materials.


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