Primates Intern (Zoo)

The Primates Department at Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants to fill our internship positions.

Internship Overview:
The Primates department has a diverse collection of primates that includes prosimians, callitrichids, New World and Old World monkeys, and both lesser and great apes. We are a close-knit team looking to teach and mentor those who are interested in working in this rewarding profession. Interns will gain valuable experience while working with experienced primate keepers to learn aspects of zoo animal care such as husbandry, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, conservation, and public presentations. We are looking for hard-working individuals who are passionate about the field of zookeeping and have a strong passion for educating our guests about wildlife and conservation.

Time Commitment:
Internships are unpaid positions and require at least 32 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. This may include weekends and holidays. Exact start/end dates are flexible. No housing is provided.

Environmental/Working Conditions:
This internship includes manual labor and work in all weather conditions (e.g. heat, humidity, rain). Applicants must have current proof of a negative TB test.

Must be at least 18 years old and demonstrate an interest in animal care and public education. Previous animal care experience is preferred.

Must be comfortable with all the physical challenges that come along with the position, including but not limited to: walking/standing for extended periods of time, lifting/carrying heavy objects (up to 50 lbs), climbing stairs and ladders, kneeling, scrubbing, raking, etc.

Must be able to follow both written and verbal instructions and effectively communicate with staff and other interns.

2020 Session Dates and Application Deadlines:
In order to fulfill internship program requirements, we encourage candidates to begin their seasonal placements within the first month of the ranges indicated below.


Spring 2020
January 9 - March 5

Summer 2020
May 7 - June 18

Fall 2020
August 13 - September 10

Winter 2020
November 12 - December 3


Spring 2020 session - December 1, 2019
Summer 2020 session - March 1, 2020
Fall 2020 session - June 1, 2020
Winter 2020 session - September 1, 2020

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter outlining your experience and stating why you are interested in this position to Madalyn Mason, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the above deadlines. Please be sure to indicate your preferred session(s) in your application materials.

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.