Zookeeper Intern - Birds (Zoo)

Audubon Zoo is accepting applications on a rolling basis for a zookeeper internship program in the Bird Department.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with a variety of avian taxa and some mammal species including but not limited to pelicans, cranes, waterfowl, flamingoes, parrots, birds of prey, hornbills, and a variety of passerines. This opportunity is geared towards candidates that have an interest in a career in animal care or working with birds in a zoological setting. Interns will receive hands on experience and skills required to care for a wide range of avian species at an AZA accredited facility. This internship will teach basic principles such as daily husbandry, safe capture and restraint of various taxa, safe practices around exotic animals, diet preparation, animal enrichment, behavioral and medical observation, and record keeping. Interns will have the opportunity to complete a focused independent project of their choosing.

Location: Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA 


Internships are unpaid positions and last for a minimum of 12 weeks. Although exact start/end dates and schedules are flexible, interns must work either two or three days a week, including some weekends. Applicants must have current proof of COVID vaccination. Interns must attend an intern orientation upon initiation of internship. No housing is provided. 

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in all outdoor weather conditions including severe weather, extreme heat and humidity, rain, and cold temperatures.
  • Ability to occasionally lift objects up to 50lbs.
  • Physical ability to walk/stand for extended periods of time, sitting, stooping, kneeling, scrubbing, hosing, raking, etc.
  • Intern must be able to understand and follow all Audubon and departmental safety protocols.
  • An affinity for animals is required – intern should be comfortable or willing to work around birds of all sizes. 


  • Must be 18 years or older and be able to pass a background check.
  • Utilize critical thinking to effectively communicate important information in a timely manner to intern coordinator or another team member.
  • Strong observational skills and attention to detail
  • Must be a hardworking and self-motivated individual with the ability to work individually or as part of a team.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements and willingness to work in the conditions listed above with reasonable accommodations.
  • Positive attitude and desire to learn.
  • Previous animal care experience and/or coursework in a related field is a plus.

How to Apply:

To apply to this internship please send a resume and cover letter outlining your experience and why you are specifically interested in interning with the Bird Department to Mikaela Aroff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please add “Internship Application – Your Name” as the subject. Please indicate your preferred session and/or availability.

Internship sessions and deadlines (exact dates are flexible):

  • Spring (January to April): Deadline of December 1
  • Summer (May to August): Deadline of March 1
  • Fall (August to November): Deadline of June 1

If your 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.



All Audubon Nature Institute employees, interns and volunteers must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption. Those granted a vaccination exemption must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours every time they come on campus.

Applicants coming on campus will need to present one of the following:
(a) Proof of at least at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. FDA or the WHO
– OR –
(b) a negative PCR or antibody COVID test taken within the last 72 hours to come onsite.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:

  • LA Wallet App SMART Health Card
  • An original, digital photo, or photocopy of CDC Vaccination Card (both sides)
  • An official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation or the WHO (World Health Organization)

For more information, contact Audubon’s Human Resources department at (504) 212-5334 or Education and Volunteer Resources department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..