Hoofstock Intern (Species Survival Center)

Location: Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) New Orleans, LA

Department: Husbandry

Dates of Position:
Spring: Jan/Feb - April
Summer: May/June - August
Fall: August/Sept - October
Winter: Oct/Nov- January

Application due dates:
Spring 2022 Session: Due October 1, 2021
Summer 2022 Session: Due February 1, 2022
Fall 2022 Session: Due June 1, 2022
Winter 2022 Session: Due August 1, 2022

Time Commitment:
12 Weeks (3 months): Works 5 days per week (40 hrs). Including weekends and holidays. 

About the Species Survival Center:
The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) is one of the facilities run by the Audubon Nature Institute. It is a unique piece of property that expands approximately 1,000 acres in an area south of downtown New Orleans. The FMASSC is historically known for its innovative research in exotic feline reproduction at its research facility, the “Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES),” and its endangered Crane Recovery Programs. Currently FMASSC runs several programs, including; the Coastal Wildlife Network, which rehabilitates sea turtles and marine mammals; the Crane Recovery Programs, which breeds and releases endangered whooping crane and Mississippi sandhill cranes; the G.U.L.F. Program, which works with sustainable fishery projects in the Gulf of Mexico; and the most recent, the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW). The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife is the new partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global; its mission to become a large breeding center for endangered species of hoofstock and birds.

Summary of Position:
Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a variety of exotic hoofstock species at this AZA certified facility.  The internship will emphasize husbandry of hoofstock, but may also include experience with exotic carnivores and bird species. Interns will gain experience in husbandry, enrichment, record keeping, diet preparation, monitoring animal behavior, pen design and maintenance, and veterinary procedures as they relate to general animal care. Interns will spend the internship rotating through different animal areas and working on project pertaining to animal husbandry. All interns will also have the opportunity to visit the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Insectarium and occasionally the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge. This internship is unpaid and free housing is available upon a limited basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Daily tasks include:

  • Diet preparation
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning enclosures (raking, sweeping, mopping, hosing etc.)
  • Behavioral observations
  • Facility maintenance (fence repair, mowing, weed eating, painting, etc.)
  • Preparation and administering of enrichment items
  • Assist staff with veterinary procedures when required
  • Record keeping

Requirements:

  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Strong interest in animal care, husbandry and conservation
  • Capable of accurately following written and verbal directions, policies and protocols
  • Good attitude
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Ability to work outdoors in physically demanding adverse conditions (heat, humidity, rain, mosquitoes, poison ivy, etc.)
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination.
  • Proof of negative TB skin test prior to beginning work.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug test.

How to Apply:

Send the following to Michelle Hatwood, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by the application deadlines listed at the top of the page.

  • Cover letter- State which internship session you are applying for in your cover letter
  • Resumé
  • 3 Reference contacts

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. 


COVID-19 PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR ALL INTERNS AS FOLLOWS:

All Audubon Nature Institute employees, interns and volunteers must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption. Those granted a vaccination exemption must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours every time they come on campus.

Applicants coming on campus will need to present one of the following:
(a) Proof of at least at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. FDA or the WHO
– OR –
(b) a negative PCR or antibody COVID test taken within the last 72 hours to come onsite.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:

  • LA Wallet App SMART Health Card
  • An original, digital photo, or photocopy of CDC Vaccination Card (both sides)
  • An official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation or the WHO (World Health Organization)

For more information, contact Audubon’s Human Resources department at (504) 212-5334 or Education and Volunteer Resources department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..