Birds Intern (Zoo)

The Bird Department of the Audubon Zoo is seeking qualified applicants for 2018 internship positions. 

Internship Overview:
Bird Department interns work along with the keepers in the daily husbandry of Audubon’s avian collection, gaining experience in basic care, diet preparation, observation skills, public speaking, record keeping, and enrichment. This opportunity is geared towards candidates that have an interest in a career in animal care.

Desired Skills: 
Applicants will be required to work in all types of weather, must be able to bend and lift, and may be required to work weekends.

Environmental/Working Conditions: 
Internships are non-paid and require a work week of 32 hours, or 4 days, for the duration of the 12-week program. No housing is provided. Start and end dates are flexible.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Sarah Messina
Bird Keeper IV
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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.

2019 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 2019
January 7 – February 21

Summer 2019
May 5 – June 20

Fall 2019
August 4 – September 19

Winter 2019
November 3 – November 30