Herpetological Research Intern (Zoo)

Audubon Zoo is currently seeking science-driven candidates for its herpetological research internship program.

Internship Overview:

This internship program is geared towards individuals interested in pursuing careers in zoological research or graduate studies and will provide valuable opportunities to gain experience participating in and assisting with herpetological research.

Audubon Zoo’s herpetology department is currently developing several in situ, ex situ, and database-driven studies on reptiles and amphibians. The Herpetological Research Intern will assist the zoo’s herpetology department with ongoing research projects, or possibly develop an independent study of their own. Assigned tasks will include, but are not limited to behavioral observations, data collection, and occasional assistance with reptile and amphibian husbandry as needed. A large portion of this internship will focus on data collection, organization and analysis. Interns may also have opportunities to assist with preparing manuscripts for publication, with the potential for co-authorship.

The next internship position is slated to begin in Spring 2020. Although flexible, this internship program requires a minimum commitment of 8-16 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship.


  • Current enrollment in, or recent graduation from, a four-year biology program (or related field)
  • Familiarity with reptile and amphibian biology and husbandry
  • Prior experience handling and safely restraining reptiles and amphibians
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to sit and work as a desk/computer terminal for extended periods
  • Familiarity and working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Familiarity with basic statistical analyses
  • Valid driver's license with dependable transportation

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email their resume/cv, letter of interest, and two letters of support (one of which should be from a college or university professor) 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