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Intern at Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network

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Summer 2024 Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship

Credit: $500 stipend* OR University credit if approved by your department

Department: Animal Care

Position Time: Week of June 17th, 2024 - September 9th, 2024

Application Due: May 1, 2024

Description: SBWCN seeks wildlife rehabilitation interns who are passionate

about wildlife and are fueled by a desire to save lives. Interns will learn and practice all aspects

of animal husbandry for wildlife that are sick, injured, orphaned, or oil-impaired. Although wildlife

rehabilitation interns will sometimes interact with the veterinary team, this is not a veterinary


The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is a nonprofit organization that has been rescuing,

rehabilitating, and releasing wildlife in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties for over 30 years. It

is the mission of our organization and our professional wildlife care staff to give wild animals in

need a second chance at life.

Time Requirement:

● The internship requires a minimum of 192 hours and 12 weeks

○ Both the hourly and weekly requirements must be achieved before the internship

can be considered complete

● Minimum of 16 hours per week time commitment, with a minimum of 4 hours per shift.

More hours can be approved upon request

● One weekend shift per week is a requirement

● You will be working on-site at the Wildlife Care Center in Goleta

● Must be able to commit to ALL shifts between June 17 and September 9 of 2024

Internship Requirements:

● Must be comfortable working with animals (including the less glamorous parts)

● Must have reliable transportation to center on 1460 N Fairview Ave in Goleta

● Must be located locally (NOTE: we cannot provide housing)

● Must be an adaptable self-starter who is not afraid to work with both animals and people

● Must be 18 years of age or older

● Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds

● Must be able to stand on one’s feet for extended time periods

● Must be comfortable with being exposed to harsh odors

● Must be COVID-19 vaccinated, be able to show proof of vaccination, and wear a mask

while at the center at this time


● Daily cleaning duties (laundry, dishes, cage cleaning) to keep the Center running


● Assist in daily animal husbandry tasks, feedings, enclosure maintenance, etc.

● Assist in initial exams for new patients and recheck exams for patients currently in care

● Learn and implement knowledge of wildlife injuries and illnesses

● Interact with citizens who bring in animals for intake

● Answer questions from the public about wildlife

● Learn from outlined intern syllabus about zoonotic diseases, medicines, bandaging, etc.

● Willing and able to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others to solve problems


● Must demonstrate self-motivation and good interpersonal communication skills

● Must be able to multitask and work well under fast-paced and sometimes stressful

conditions. Willingness and ability to adjust tasks in accordance with changing priorities

and deadlines

● Ability to stand, speak, listen, and smell for long periods of time (hours)

● Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and ability to use hands/arms to

palpate, handle, feel, reach and lift/move up to 40lbs

● Must have (with or without corrective lenses) good near, distance, and peripheral vision

as well as good depth perception and ability to adjust focus

● Indoor and outdoor conditions include: temperatures of ~30-110 degrees F, rain, strong

wind, high heat and humidity, dry air and allergens

● Staff, volunteers, and interns are exposed to moving parts, zoonotic diseases,

aggressive/feral animals, toxic/caustic chemicals.

Work Environment:

Our organization provides an essential service in the midst of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

(HPAI). We remain open and operational. The policies we have in place are based on the

discretion of our Directory of Veterinary Services and are subject to change. Applicants must

be able to follow the guidelines at SBWCN put in place by our Directory of Veterinary

Services pertaining to HPAI and any other biosecurity protocol for the safety of everyone

at the center and the safety of the patients.

Reports To: Training and Recruitment Coordinator (Naomi Tripp), Rehabilitation Director (Britt

Rickman), and Animal Care Leads

How To Apply:

Please send Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 References to: volunteer@sbwcn.org

Include Subject Line: "Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship Application"

*Stipend availability is limited


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Mission Statement

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild sick, injured, orphaned, or oil-impaired wild birds and small mammals native to Santa Barbara county and to educate the public about living in harmony with wildlife.


The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network exists to support the present and future health of wildlife species and communities by:

  • Providing quality rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and release services to injured, sick, oiled, orphaned and displaced wildlife.
  • Educating the public about the needs of at-risk wildlife, the challenges faced by wildlife in the region, and effective ways to help ensure the health and survival of wild animals.
  • Gathering and sharing information on wildlife treatments, rehabilitation and release criteria and techniques, behavior, optimal management methods and care facilities with other wildlife care providers, researchers, and agencies while promoting efficient use of community wildlife support resources by cooperating with other organizations and individuals in order to fulfill our mission.


Animals, Environment


Mon Jun 17, 2024 - Mon Sep 09, 2024


1460 North Fairview AvenueGoleta, CA 93117



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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