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Audubon Zoo

Basic Sea Lion Internship-Summer 2017

The Basic Sea Lion 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 summer internship that will run from May/early June through late August/early September.



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

-Assist trainers in training and husbandry sessions.

-Implement enrichment for sea lions and design original enrichment.

-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 14 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.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and one page resume via e-mail to, Attn: Sea Lion Staff. Please write "Basic Internship" in the subject line. Applications are due by March 3, 2017 for the SUMMER internship (May-September).

Audubon Zoo
New Orleans, LA

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