Wildlife Practicum Program Wildlife Care Internship

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Wildlife Care Internship
Program Description
The internship at Wildlife in Need Center provides hands-on training in basic wildlife rehabilitation
skills. Interns in this program will work under the supervision of professional wildlife rehabilitators
and trained wildlife caregivers.
Skills learned will include most aspects of the rehabilitation and daily care of sick, injured, and
orphaned wildlife as well as native wild species identification and safe handling techniques. Interns
will work in all areas including wildlife nurseries assisting with care of wild orphans.
*Wildlife Practicum Program*
WINC is one of only five organizations in North America with an internship that is accredited
through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) Practicum Program. Interns will
have the option to enroll in this program before their start date and will receive an IWRC
Certificate of Completion after successful completion of their internship.
Intern responsibilities and expectations are likely to include, but are not limited to:
▪ Learning basic species identification and natural histories of Wisconsin native wildlife
▪ Wildlife Nutrition
▪ Preparing food and monitoring diets
▪ Natural history of our common species and habitat setup
▪ Cleaning and maintaining caging/enclosures for a wide variety of species of wild mammals,
birds, and reptiles
▪ Becoming proficient with safe handling and restraint of wild animals during treatments and
care
▪ Record keeping, maintaining accurate and thorough patient charts
▪ Proper disinfection with respect to wildlife health and disease transmission
▪ General support tasks- laundry, dishes, grounds, and basic facility maintenance
▪ Assisting staff with treatments
▪ Learning how to look for and recognize signs of illness in birds, mammals, and reptiles
▪ Assist with initial patient exams and medical treatments under staff supervision
▪ Feeding and providing full care for orphaned wild babies
o Working in our mammal, raccoon and avian nurseries
o Assisting with our turtle hatching program, maintaining the incubating eggs and caring
for the hatchlings
▪ Learn about the care and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife
▪ Learn anatomy and physiology of different species
Commitment
Participants in our full time internship program will be scheduled 4 (10 hour) days per week for a
minimum of 12 weeks. Participants in our part time internship program will be scheduled 2-3 (10
hour) days per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Spring interns must be available mid-March through mid-June (at minimum) working 16-40
hours/week.
Summer interns must be available May/June through August/September (at minimum) working
16-40 hours/week. All interns will work some nights, weekends, and holidays.
Fall and winter interns must be available September through November (at minimum) working 16-
24 hours/week. Volunteer opportunities are available all year.
Amenities
All positions are voluntary; no stipend or salary is offered. Housing and transportation are not
provided. Please note that WINC is not accessible by public transit, therefore reliable
transportation is necessary.
Qualifications/Requirements:
All applicants must be self-motivated individuals with a sincere interest in working with wildlife
and the ability to enthusiastically work long hours. Attention to detail, punctuality, initiative, and a
strong desire to learn are required.
▪ Interested in, or entering the field of wildlife rehabilitation, animal welfare, conservation,
ecology, biology, zoology, pre-vet, natural resources, animal behavior, environmental studies,
etc.
▪ Reliable and punctual
▪ A motivated self-starter who is mature, responsible, and dependable
▪ A detail oriented individual, able to quickly adapt to new and fast paced situations
▪ Intern will possess a strong personal work ethic and high level of integrity
▪ A strong team player (interns will work closely with volunteers and staff)
▪ Must be able to handle a demanding workload and well under pressure
▪ Good communication skills and interpersonal skills
▪ Must be in good physical condition (able to lift 30-50lbs) and work long hours on your feet.
▪ Previous experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife management or animal care is beneficial
but not required
▪ Tetanus vaccine is required
▪ Rabies pre-exposure vaccine is an asset but not required
Apply
If you are interested in becoming a Wildlife Care intern please send a cover letter, resume, and a
minimum of two work references to:
Elisa Fosco
Director of Animal Care
Wildlife In Need Center
W349 S1480 S Waterville Rd.
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
LFosco@helpingwildlife.org

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