Birds Intern (Zoo)

The Bird Department of the Audubon Zoo is seeking qualified applicants for internship positions. 

Internship Overview:
This opportunity is geared towards candidates that have an interest in a career in animal care or other conservation work. Bird Department interns work alongside the keepers in the daily husbandry of Audubon’s avian collection, gaining hands-on experience in basic care, diet preparation, observation skills, public speaking, record keeping, and enrichment. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn about basic avian conservation, biology, and ecology. Candidates are required to complete two independent projects throughout the internship. This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform manual labor in all environmental conditions (humidity, rain, heat, etc.)
  • Ability to bend, kneel, and squat
  • Ability to stand for an extended period of time

General Requirements: 

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Current enrollment in, or graduation from, a college or university biology program (or related field).
  • Must be a self-motivated individual who can work individually and as part of a team.
  • Previous animal care experience and/or coursework in a related field is preferred.
  • Must be able to commit to a schedule. While there is some flexibility in this internship, we require that an intern commits to a minimum of 32 hours (4 days) per week for three months.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with staff and zoo guests.

How to Apply:

Please send a resumé and cover letter to Sarah Messina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Indicated the session you are interested in and your name in the subject line of the email.

If your 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, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:

Brianne Stiede, Intern Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-378-2525 | 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. 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.

2020 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) 378-2525.

Spring 2020
January 9 – March 5

Summer 2020
May 7 – June 18

Fall 2020
August 13 – September 10

Winter 2020
November 12 – December 3