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Wildlife Rehabilitator Intern

Internship Position:  Unpaid.  Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Summary:  Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of injured or orphaned native wildlife with the sole purpose of returning animals back into the wild.  To achieve this goal, wild animals must maintain or develop all the characteristics of their species, including the fear of people.  Wildlife are not treated as pets and should not be named or cuddled.  Wildlife is handled as little as possible and exposure to sights and sounds of humans is limited.  Respect of these rules is most appreciated. 

Primary Role: 
Interns provide routine daily care for injured and orphaned native wildlife, until they are ready for release back into the wild, as well as care for the Zoo’s education animals. The intern’s duties include preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, feeding animals, answering phones, scheduling, and record keeping.  Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with medical tasks such as administering medications, physical therapy, assisting with radiographs and surgeries, as well as, perform treatments as ordered by Veterinary staff.  In addition, interns may have the opportunity to participate in special projects, research, tours, training, cage building and animal rescues, as well as participating in our education animal programming.  Interns may provide leadership to Volunteers in the absence of the wildlife center director.  Internships are intended to provide experience and on the job training in basic rehab skills (not to teach veterinary medicine).

Time Commitments:  Internships are a minimum of one semester or 12 weeks at 20-40 hours per week.  Hours will be determined during the interview.  Interns work a rotating schedule and may be required to work some evening shifts and weekends.  The Center is open 8am – 10pm (during spring and summer months) and 8am – 6pm during the winter.

Requirements:  Applicants should have strong communication skills and the ability to work with others.  Interns must be able to lift a minimum of 15lbs., stand for periods of at least 30 minute intervals, be able to read and follow instructions, perform simple calculations and have dependable transportation.  This position is not suitable for individuals who are immune suppressed or have animal allergies.

Intern Responsibilities:  Internships are unpaid and any applicable university or college credit must be arranged by the intern.   Expenses such as travel, food, housing, etc. are the responsibility of each individual.  On-site housing is available for a fee. 

Applicants: Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a career in animal care (i.e. Wildlife Rehabilitation, Pre-vet, veterinary technician, zoo and/or aquarium and animal science students, etc.). 

Availability Application Deadlines
Summer Session
(May - August) 

March 15

Fall Session
(September - December)

July 15

Winter/Spring Session
(January - April)

November 15

To Apply:  Please contact Toy Lambeth for an application or with questions.