The workload of a wildlife rehabilitation center is seasonally dependent with the heavy majority of patients presenting in spring and summer. During the peak of the busy season, WRC may receive 20 to 30 animals per day.
The primary focus of a wildlife rehabilitation intern is to help care for these animals. The internship is intense, physically demanding, fast-paced and repetitive, giving interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, from intake through release. Internship will include front desk duties, assisting animal care staff with triage and intake procedures, the daily feeding, cleaning, and general care of wild patients, and aiding with releases and rescues.
Some of the skills learned include individual species identification and natural history, proper husbandry techniques, animal handling, tube-feeding of mammals and birds, medication administration, lab work, and various other procedures. Interns receive one-on-one training and are required to attend animal care training classes. Interns may also have the opportunity to work with our education department.
- At least 18 years of age.
- Ability to speak, read and write the English language fluently.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member.
- Ability to do rigorous outdoor work in all types of weather.
- Ability to perform physically demanding tasks and lift up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to work quickly and efficiently while precisely following directions and procedures.
- Ability to perform independent tasks successfully.
- Computer literate.
- Ability to attend required classes.
Terms of internship
- A 12 to 16 week commitment, minimum 20 hour work week (April through October) or 12 hour work week (November through March) is expected. Schedule will be determined between supervisory staff and intern.
- Interns must provide their own transportation.
- Interns must arrange for their own housing.
- Intern positions are unpaid.
Ready to begin? Get started today by filling out your application at: www.mowildlife.org/volunteer
- Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
- Environmental Science
- Animal Care / Handling
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Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- minimum 12 week commitment
- application and interview process