Internship - Exotic Birds, Domestic Cats, Hoofstock and Cranes

Organization: Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (AZA Member)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Reports to: Curator

Dates of Position: Spring (Feb/Mar – Apr/May), Summer (May/June – July/Aug), Fall (Aug/Sept – Oct/Nov), Winter (Nov/Dec – Jan/Feb). Start dates are flexible.

Time Commitment: 12 weeks, 40 hr./week: work week is 5 days/week, 8 hrs/day

This is an unpaid position, however, housing may be available for those not living in the area.

Summary of Position:

Candidates will gain valuable experience working alongside keepers with a variety of exotic and endangered animal species including Bongo antelope, Common Eland, Milky and Abdim storks, small and large exotic felids. Along with daily husbandry, responsibilities will include diet preparation, re-stocking and keeping commissary area clean and tidy, record-keeping, monitoring animal behavior, assisting with enclosure maintenance. Interns may have the opportunity to observe veterinary procedures as they relate to general animal care and learn about assisted reproduction technology developed by our scientific staff. Interns may also be asked to assist in other animal departments – domestic cats or cranes – as needed.

Daily husbandry duties include:

• Diet preparation, commissary cleaning and re-stocking.

• Cleaning enclosures – raking, sweeping, mopping, hosing, scrubbing, etc.

• Assist in feedings, facility maintenance – fence repair, mowing, weeding, painting, etc.

• Assist in preparation and administering of enrichment items.

• Behavioral observations.

• Assist/observe veterinary procedures when required.


• Strong work ethic, interest in animal care, husbandry and conservation.

• Capable of accurately following written and verbal directions, policies and protocols.

• Ability to work alone as well as part of a team.

• Comfortable working outdoors in physically demanding and adverse conditions – heat, humidity, bugs, venomous snakes, poison ivy, etc.)

• Up-to-date tetanus vaccination.

• Proof of negative TB skin test prior to beginning work.

To apply, please send a letter of interest with contact information and dates available, resume, and three references (email, phone number, title and organization) to:

Sarah Gretchen,

Please note that only candidates chosen for phone interviews will be contacted.

Applications will be accepted on the Audubon Nature Institute website: