Herpetological Husbandry Intern (Zoo)

Audubon Zoo is currently seeking enthusiastic candidates for its herpetological husbandry internship program.

Internship Overview:

This internship program is geared towards individuals interested in pursuing a career in zoo herpetology and will provide valuable opportunities to gain experience working with a diverse collection of more than 100 species of reptiles and amphibians in an AZA accredited institution. Excluding venomous taxa, the Herpetological Husbandry Intern will participate in all aspects of the day to day husbandry of the zoo’s reptile and amphibian collection and assist the herpetology department with daily routines and various other tasks. These will include, but are not limited to diet preparation and feeding, cleaning, exhibit maintenance, maintaining live feeder invertebrate colonies, data collection and record-keeping, and monitoring health and behavior. Additional assistance with planned research projects may also be possible, and all interns are expected to complete an independent project of their own during the program.

The next internship position is slated to begin in Spring 2020. Although flexible, this program requires a minimum commitment of two days per week (totaling a minimum of 16 hours per week). This is an unpaid internship.


  • Current enrollment in, or recent graduation from, a college or university biology program (or related field)
  • Prior experience working with captive reptiles and amphibians and familiarity with their biology 
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work individually and as a team and follow directions from others
  • Valid driver's license with dependable transportation

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email their resume/cv, letter of interest, and two professional references 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.


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