Marine Mammal Training (Sea Otters) Intern (Aquarium)

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated, hardworking individual to participate in our Marine Mammal Training Internship. 

Internship Overview:

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated, hardworking individual to participate in our Marine Mammal Training Internship. We are looking for candidates who are interested in gaining experience working in the marine mammal training field. The intern will work directly with the animal training staff and are exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of our collection of 0.2 Southern sea otters, Enhydra lutris nereis. Heavy emphasis is placed on essential daily tasks such as food preparation, daily cleaning/facility maintenance, enrichment, and gaining a basic understanding of the principles of training. Interns shadow trainers and learn through observation about marine mammal husbandry and operant conditioning techniques. As interns gain experience, they may have the opportunity to assist with basic behavioral maintenance. (Please note: all contact with animals is contingent upon trainer approval and intern performance)

Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to: food preparation, exhibit maintenance, daily and weekly cleaning tasks, public presentations, daily enrichment, and daily animal observations. Interns will also participate in required reading and coordinating worksheets.


  • Must commit to the 14 week internship semester
  • Must commit to a schedule of 24 hours per week, working 7:30am-3:30pm Thursdays - Sundays
  • Candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education in a Biology or Psychology related field
  • Able to lift 50 lbs and climb ladders/stairs without assistance
  • May be asked to work holidays
  • Must pass a background check and may be subject to random drug testing
  • Must have strong communication skills and be comfortable engaging a diverse audience.
  • This is a non-paid internship, interns are responsible for all housing, transportation and living expenses.

Please send cover letter and resumes to:

Kristine Grzenda
Curator, 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. with the subject “Sea Otter Internship”

Dates of Position: 
Spring: February- May
Summer: May- August
Fall: August- November
Winter: November- February

Application due dates: 

For Spring 2020 session- Dec 1, 2019
For Summer 2020 session- March 1, 2020
For Fall 2020 session- June 1, 2020
For Winter 2020 session- Sept 1, 2020

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.