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Audubon Nature Institute

Temporary Keeper

Full-time, Temporary Keeper (3-month)

Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans, LA

About the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center:

The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) is one of over ten facilities run by the Audubon Nature Institute. It is a unique piece of property that expands approximately 1,000 acres in an area just south of the city of New Orleans. Historically, the FMASSC was well known for its state-of-the-art research facility, the “Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES),” which was involved in reproductive research techniques to help save endangered species, specifically felids. The site also houses the Audubon Aquatics Center, an off-site holding and stranding rehab facility for the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and the Crane Recovery Programs, focusing on the breeding and release of Mississippi sandhill and whooping cranes. The FMASSC facility is not open to the general public.


The Audubon Species Survival Center is currently looking for a 3-month temporary Hoofstock/Carnivore/ Commissary Keeper. Reporting directly to the Curator, this keeper position will focus on the husbandry of various ungulates, a small population of carnivores, and commissary duties. This keeper will be expected to complete daily husbandry, enclosure maintenance, enrichment and diet preparation. He/she will assist in medical procedures, keep clear and organized records, and meet the physical requirements of the job. This position requires the keeper to be able to work independently and on a team. Pay is based on experience and education. Temporary dorm-style housing may be available for this position, if needed.


  • Provide daily husbandry of the captive ungulates and carnivores as assigned. Complete commissary duties as assigned. This position will rotate through different areas as the schedule needs.

  • Enclosure cleaning and maintenance.

  • Preparation and administering of enrichment items.

  • Assist in the hand-rearing of animals, if needed.

  • Identify and perform routine maintenance. Often conducting many projects at one time.

  • Perform routine grounds/landscaping tasks.

  • Maintain records, including using ZIMS record software, and conduct behavioral observations.

  • Assist in the supervision of interns and volunteers.

  • Assist veterinary and supervisory staff in treating animals as assigned.

  • Prepare and follow prescribed diets and feeding procedures.

  • Perform physical, and sometimes repetitive, tasks outdoors, in extreme heat, high humidity, heavy rain, and around a wide array of potentially harmful wild snakes, insects and poisonous plants. This position is very strenuous and labor intensive.

  • Follow Audubon and local gov’t agency’s nuisance wildlife & pest protocols.

  • Pleasantly receive and follow direction, follow protocols, and follow safety & security requirements.

  • Ability to work independently and on a team.

  • Ability to work around and make adjustments for large animals, small animals, aggressive species, and flighty species.

  • Ability to use power tools and equipment, such as weed-trimmers, lawn mowers, etc. as directed.

  • Ability to learn and read animal behavior, especially in ungulates, birds and carnivores.

  • Maintain regular attendance in compliance with Audubon Nature Institute’s standards, as required by scheduling which may vary according to the needs of the organization.

  • Maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, which includes wearing the proper uniform and name tag when working.

  • Comply at all times with Audubon Nature Institute’s standards and regulations to encourage safe and efficient operations.


  • A proven interest and knowledge in a variety of taxa; a well-rounded keeper is ideal. Prior experience with ungulates is preferred, but not required.

  • Must have accurate oral and written communication skills.

  • Prior experience with Species360 ZIMS software ideal, but not required.

  • Must possess basic arithmetic skills, including solving percentage questions and using conversions.

  • Must be able to lift, carry, push, and pull 50 lbs, ability to lift up to 70 lbs, and team lift 100 lbs.

  • Ability to stoop, walk for extended periods, stand for extended periods, jump, and maneuver quickly when needed.

  • Ability to anticipate, identify, prevent, and solve problems.

  • Must have good common sense, the ability to think constructively, and able to take constructive criticism and direction.

  • Risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.

  • Possess a good attitude and able to produce quality work in fast paced, high pressure situations.

  • Excellent communication skills. Convey information and ideas clearly and in a timely manner.

  • A current tetanus shot and proof of a negative TB test (within 6 months) prior to starting.

  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

  • Willingness and ability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime.

  • Proficient in basic computer processing.

  • Be able to pass background check and drug screen.


  • Applications will be accepted through July 31st, 2021.  

Apply online at to submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 reference contacts.


How to Apply 

Audubon Nature Institute
New Orleans, LA

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