Advanced Sea lion Internship

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

Advanced Sea Lion Internship Posting


Advanced Sea Lion Intern


The Advanced Sea Lion Training Internship at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana is designed for college students or recent college graduates with at least two previous animal care/training internships who are interested in a career in marine mammal training. Our interns work side-by-side with experienced marine mammal trainers and educators. Advanced 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.


-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.

-Develop and perform daily educational public presentations in the Sea Lion Theater.

-Gain management skills by helping to guide basic interns.

-Develop a team building exercise for staff and interns to participate in.

-Can earn the opportunity to feed and ask for a repertoire of 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 at least 20 weeks.

-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.

-Must have completed two prior animal care/training internships.

-Must provide recommendation letters from ALL previous internships.

To apply:

Send cover letter, one page resume and letters of recommendation via e-mail to Please write “Advanced Internship” in the subject line. Applications are due November 14, 2013 for the Winter Internship.

Contact Information:

Sarah Sayre

Internship Coordinator

Sea Lion Department

Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70118