Objective: Introduce intern to the care of sick, injured and adult or juvenile wildlife and certain non-natives.
Learn the care and husbandry challenges of the animals in our care
Gain hands-on wildlife experience including proper handling procedures, feeding techniques, husbandry, species-specific diets, and administration of medication
Learn what’s involved in rehabilitating an animal in preparation for release such as flight conditioning, enrichment, waterproofing, etc
Knowledge of the South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) and how the program area fits into the larger picture of animal protection
Exposure to the operations of a wildlife center
Knowledge of humane coexistence with wildlife
Knowledge of rescues techniques when available
Rehab and Release Interns will be trained on the particular aspects of their role by meeting one-on-one with staff members, and will be given access to a manual of Standard Operating Procedures, Zoonotic disease fact sheets and a species-specific diet book for reference.
Daily Rehab and Release activities include:
Clean and set up enclosures/habitats
Prepare diets and supplemental feeding formula
Hand feed animals using appropriate techniques
Document all care and observations
Handle patients for weighing, treatments and transfers
Assist with routine care and physical exams
Provide enrichment, conditioning, and maintenance of waterproofing
Convey potential problems to staff both written and verbally
Assist with general housekeeping/laundry
Complete independent project assigned by Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
08:30 AM to 05:30 PM
NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
Our Mission: Protecting wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation, and education.
Our goal is to release rehabilitated wild animals back to their natural habitats. SFWC is committed to doing what is right for every individual animal who enters our hospital. Our release work includes the re-nesting of baby animals back with their parents and facilitating releases back home for animals once they have fully recovered from their injuries.
We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift