Education Outreach Intern (Zoo)

The Education department is seeking applicants to fill our internship positions. 

Internship Overview:

Outreach vehicles transport education animal ambassadors off-grounds to deliver programming to classrooms, hospitals, libraries, camps, etc. Outreach interns will learn public speaking, animal training, and presentation skills. They will learn how to provide quality presentations to diverse audiences that cannot always travel to Audubon facilities. Wetland Express specializes in native Louisiana animals, ZooMobile specializes in non-native animals.  The Outreach Internship is optimal for animal enthusiasts that consider themselves perpetual learners. Interns will want to explore informal teaching, environmental education, and public speaking with education ambassador animals.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Arrive on-time to assist with the pack-up and transport of education ambassador animals
  • Handle live education ambassador animals
  • Present animals to groups of multiple ages
  • Respectfully co-teach/train youth and adult volunteers

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Flexible schedules (outreach days can start at 7:00 a.m. and go until 5:00 p.m., day to day schedule varies with programming)
  • Reliable transportation
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn public speaking and interpretation skills
  • Observational skills to determine animal stressors

Time Commitments:

  • Preferred 40 hours/week for first two weeks
  • 3-4 days/week after initial training
  • Total of 12 weeks

*Audubon Outreach works Tuesday - Saturday from September - May, and Monday - Friday from June - August.

Outreach currently does not offer a winter start window.

How to apply:

Please be mindful this is an unpaid internship. Housing is not provided. Please send a resumé and cover letter to Carissa Thiel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the above deadlines. Please include your preferred session(s) in the subject line of your email.

In the event your preferred placement has been filled, qualified applicants my be referred to other Audubon departments. By submitting application materials, the candidate agrees to release their information to our internship staff.

SPRING START WINDOW

  • January 9, 2020 - March 5, 2020

SUMMER START WINDOW

  • May 7, 2020 – May 22, 2020 (Application deadline is Friday, April 17)

FALL START WINDOW

  • August 13, 2020 - September 10, 2020 (Application deadline is Friday, July 17)

WINTER START WINDOW

  • Outreach currently does not offer a winter start window
 

Due to facility closures and state and local social distancing recommendations, some of our internship sessions have been cancelled. If you have any questions, please reach out to Audubon's Volunteer and Intern Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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:

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.