Entomology Department Intern (Butterfly Garden and Insectarium)

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is looking for applicants for our Internship program within the Entomology Department. 

Internship Overview:

This program will familiarize interested persons with the diversity of form and function of this planet’s most diverse group of animals, the Arthropods (including, Insects, Arachnids, Crustaceans, and more). 

Interns will learn about and be responsible for educating the public at our interactive stations, working in the butterfly garden, husbandry of onsite collections, helping out with other daily tasks and special projects. 

Minimum of 20 hours per week. Unpaid. 


  • Basic understanding of Biology and Animal Sciences (preferred)
  • Passion for Arthropods and their kin
  • Passion for educating the public
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to stay on feet for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to handle prolonged periods of times in warm, humid environments (butterfly house)
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  • Ability to lift 30-40 pounds

How to Apply:

Please submit resumé with a cover letter that states why you are interested in the position offered and how much time you will be able to commit to the program.

Submit cover letter and resumé to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Zack Lemann, Manager of Animal and Visitor Programs, 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.


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.