Sea lion Intern

Organization: Audubon Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Basic Sea Lion Internship Posting


Basic Sea Lion Intern


The Basic Sea Lion Training Internship at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana is designed for college students or recent college graduates who are interested in a career in marine mammal training. Our interns work side-by-side with experienced marine mammal trainers and educators. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of California sea lions. We are currently seeking interns for our winter internship that will run from the beginning of December through the end of February.


-Assist in diet preparation, exhibit maintenance, cleaning, water quality testing and other section responsibilities.

-Assist trainers in training and husbandry sessions.

-Design and implement original enrichment for sea lions.

-Complete weekly study guides and quizzes.

-Participate in lecture series given by the training staff.

-Participate in data collection and entry.

-Speak on microphone during daily educational presentations in the Sea Lion Theater.

-Can earn the opportunity to feed and ask for basic behaviors.


-Must be at least 18 years old.

-Must have successfully completed one semester of college.

-Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to and from the zoo as this is a full time (40 hours per week) unpaid internship.

-Must be available for the full 13 week internship period.

-Must be able to lift 50lbs and work in all weather environments (extreme heat and humidity, rain, and freezing temperatures.)

-Must provide a current negative TB test prior to start date.

-Must be able to acquire housing on own.

-Must be a self motivated, upbeat and hard working individual.

To apply:

Send cover letter and one page resume via e-mail to Please write “Basic Internship” in the subject line. Applications are due August 1, 2013 for the winter (December-February) internship.

Contact Information:

Alison Rowe

Internship Coordinator

Sea Lion Department

Audubon Zoo