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Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center

The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) is one of the facilities run by the Audubon Nature Institute. It is a unique piece of property that expands approximately 1,000 acres in an area south of downtown New Orleans. The center is closed to the general public and is a breeding and conservation center for endangered species of hoofstock & birds.

Hoofstock Keeper Intern- Winter 2022

3-month inetrnship, unpaid with free housing available

Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a variety of exotic hoofstock species at this AZA certified facility.  The internship will emphasize husbandry of hoofstock, but may also include experience with bird species. Interns will gain experience in husbandry, enrichment, record keeping, diet preparation, monitoring animal behavior, pen design and maintenance, and veterinary procedures as they relate to general animal care. Interns will spend the internship rotating through different animal areas and working on project pertaining to animal husbandry. All interns will also have the opportunity to visit the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Insectarium and occasionally the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Daily tasks include:

  • Diet preparation
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning enclosures (raking, sweeping, mopping, hosing etc.)
  • Behavioral observations
  • Facility maintenance (fence repair, mowing, weed eating, painting, etc.)
  • Preparation and administering of enrichment items
  • Assist staff with veterinary procedures when required
  • Record keeping

Experience Required

Must be over 18 years of age. Strong interest in animal care, husbandry and conservation. Capable of accurately following written and verbal directions, policies and protocols. Good attitude. Ability to work alone or as part of a team. Ability to work outdoors in physically demanding adverse conditions (heat, humidity, rain, mosquitoes, poison ivy, etc.). Up-to-date tetanus and COVID vaccinations. Proof of negative TB skin test prior to beginning work. Must be able to pass a background check and drug test.

Further Comments

Applications due by: August 1st, 2022- for Winter (Nov-Jan) session and October 1st, 2022- for Spring (Jan-April) 2023 session


Free onsite housing, based on availability



How to Apply

Send the following to Michelle Hatwood,, by the application deadlines listed at the top of the page.

  • Cover letter- State which internship session you are applying for in your cover letter
  • Resumé
  • 3 Reference contacts

Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center
14001 Patterson Rd
New Orleans, LA 70131-3265
Phone: 5043983153

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