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Advanced Sea Lion Internship - Audubon Zoo

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Employer:  Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Job Type:  Internship
Country:  United States
City:  New Orleans
Salary:  Inquire
10/05/2012 06:40 AM

The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana, Advanced Sea Lion Training Internship is designed for college students or recent college graduates with at least two previous animal care/training internships who are interested in a career in marine mammal training. Our interns work side by side with experienced professional marine mammal trainers and educators. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of California sea lions.


-Assist trainers in, but not limited to: diet preparation, exhibit maintenance and cleaning, water quality testing, and participating alongside trainers in training and husbandry sessions.

-Design and implement original enrichment item for sea lions.

- Complete weekly study guides and quizzes.

-Participate in Lecture series given by the training staff.

-Participate in data collection and entry.

-Daily educational public speaking on microphone for Sea Lion Theater.

-Develop training plan for a specific behavior and assist trainer in training that behavior.

-Develop Sea Lion Show layout, narration and perform their show for training staff.

-Assist trainers in weekly feeding.

-Gain management skills in helping to guide Basic Interns.

-Develop Team Building exercise for staff and interns to partake in.


-Must be at least 18 years old, 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/40hrs per week, non-paid internship.

-Must be available for at least 20 weeks.

-Must be able to lift up to 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. (The Zoo is located within walking distance of two major colleges so housing is available.)

-Must be a self motivated, upbeat and hard working individual.

-Must have completed two prior animal care/training internships.

-Must provide recommendation letters from ALL previous internships.

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