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Audubon Zoo

Bird Department Intern (Zoo)

The Bird Department of the Audubon Zoo is seeking qualified applicants for 2017 internship positions. 

Bird Department interns work along with the keepers in the daily husbandry of Audubon’s avian collection, gaining experience in basic care, diet preparation, observation skills, public speaking, record keeping, and enrichment. This opportunity is geared towards candidates that have an interest in a career in animal care. 

Desired Skills:
Applicants will be required to work in all types of weather, must be able to bend and lift, and may be required to work weekends.

Environmental/Working Conditions:
Internships are non-paid and require a work week of 32 hours, or 4 days, for the duration of the 12 week program. No housing is provided. Start and end dates are flexible. 

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Kim Whitney
Bird Keeper III


Audubon Nature Institute is proud to offer excellent professional training and experience in a variety of career tracks through our internship program. Placements are seasonally available in administration, animal care, conservation, development, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:

Maria Kohls, Volunteer & Intern Supervisor
Phone: 504.378.2524 | Email:

About Audubon Internships
Basic internships last approximately 12 weeks, in which interns develop a variety of professional skills through guided instruction and hands-on experience. Some advanced placements, lasting up to 6 months, are available for well-qualified candidates. 

In addition to the core curriculum provided through each professional track, Audubon offers its program participants supplemental opportunities to learn about the operations of an AZA-accredited facility, the care and management of a diverse animal collection, the tools needed to engage and inspire guests, and much more. 

Audubon accepts applications for available positions on a rolling basis. If no deadline is indicated in the position description above, please refer to the schedule below for each session’s start window and application deadline.  Be sure to indicate your preferred session on your application.  An intern’s exact start and end date will vary according to the needs of each section. 

2017 Start Windows
In order to fulfill internship program requirements, we encourage candidates to begin their seasonal placements within the start windows below.

Spring 2017
January 8 – February 15

Summer 2017
May 7 – June 21

Fall 2017
July 31 – September 13

Winter 2017
November 5 – November 29



How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to: Kim Whitney Bird Keeper III Email: 

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

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