Life Support System Intern (Aquarium)

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is seeking applicants for our Husbandry Internship program.

Position Description:

This position assists the life support system staff with the operation, care, and upkeep of all systems at the Aquarium. Duties include monitoring critical life support system functions, record keeping, and assisting in exhibit or habitat modifications. Intern will also have an opportunity for independent study/research that he/she can present near the end of the internship. Topics of interest may include fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustics, electromagnetisms, biomechanics, etc. No animal testing is permissible. Internship is unpaid and no housing is provided.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in environmental conditions
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to climb stairs, kneel, and squat

General Requirements:

  • Must have the ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Prefer candidates that have completed or are pursuing a degree in engineering or related fields in physical sciences
  • Must commit to a schedule.
  • Must pass a background check
  • May be subject to random drug screening
  • Must have strong communication skills and be comfortable engaging a diverse audience.

How to apply:

Please send resume, cover letter to: 
David Lo
Curator of Life Support and Water Quality
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Husbandry Department
1 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please state in the subject line and in your cover letter your semester(s) of interest and a proposal for an independent project in relation to life support systems.

Semester Dates: 
Spring: February - May 
Summer: May - August 
Fall: August - November
Winter: November - February

Application due dates: 
For Spring 2018 session - Dec 1, 2017 
For Summer 2018 session - March 1, 2018 
For Fall 2018 session - June 1, 2018 
For Winter 2018 session - Sept 1, 2018

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, development, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:

Maria Kohls, Volunteer & Intern Manager
Phone: 504-378-2524 | 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. 

2018 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) 378-2524.

Spring 2018
January 7 – February 21

Summer 2018
May 6 – June 20

Fall 2018
Aug 5 – September 19

Winter 2018
November 4 – November 28