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Animal Care Summer Internship

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Appalachian Wildlife Refuge


This animal care summer internship runs from May-September with an expected time commitment of 30 hours per week. Animal care interns help in all aspects of operations including the full rehabilitation process, the daily care of injured and orphaned wildlife and their enclosures, assisting with transport, and communications with the wildlife rehabilitation network in WNC. Interns must be flexible, dedicated, dependable, and comfortable working in a team setting with other volunteers and communicating with the public. Interns assist in facility upkeep and maintenance as needed and are provided the opportunity to experience all aspects of the non-profit if there is interest. Applications available online March 1st-March 31st at https://www.appalachianwild.org/animal-care-internship.html

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About Appalachian Wildlife Refuge


P.O. Box 1211, Physical location - Candler (not open to public), Skyland, NC 28776, US

Mission Statement

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge coordinates the needs of wildlife rehabilitation in Western North Carolina providing care for injured and orphaned wildlife, support for the wildlife rehabilitation network and conservation education to the community.


Appalachian Wild was formed in 2014 to help with the increasing number of native wild animals in crisis in our region. Partnering with local home-based wildlife rehabilitators and specialized facilities, the organization provides rescue, triage, transport and education. In 2017, a building was donated, repaired and renovated to become the emergency room for our native wildlife. The facility opened in July of 2018 and is expected to serve over 2,000 animals annually. The organization is a community resource to help our native wildlife and give them a second chance at life in the wild.



We'll work with your schedule.


Address provided for interviewFacility not open to the publicCandler, NC 28715



  • Veterinary
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy




  • Orientation or Training
  • 30 hours per week from May-September
  • Interest in wildlife and ability to adhere to time commitment expectations

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