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Position Description

The Wisconsin Humane Society’s (WHS) Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is now seeking motivated Wildlife Interns for its 2019 Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship program! The WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is an urban wildlife hospital located at the WHS Milwaukee Campus in Milwaukee, WI. Over 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals of nearly 150 different species are cared for each year with the ultimate goal of being released back into the wild. Upon completion of the internship, interns will have acquired valuable experience, insight, and a working knowledge of the basics of wildlife care and the wildlife rehabilitation field.

Wildlife Interns are paid $7.25 per hour, and will receive a paycheck biweekly for any hours worked within the internship period. Please note that interns are responsible for their own transportation and living arrangements as we are unable to provide transportation or housing. Further details regarding this internship program can be found on our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s Internship Opportunities page by visiting

Position Summary
Job Responsibilities

Internship topics and responsibilities may involve:

-Limiting stress in captive wild animals
-Facility sanitation and animal food hygiene
-Zoonotic disease transmission prevention
-Formula selection and feeding techniques for orphaned mammals and birds
-Maintaining accurate animal care records
-Medicating animals by various routes and basic fluid therapy techniques
-General release criteria for rehabilitated wildlife
-Other duties as assigned

This is an on-the-job learning opportunity for hard-working, dedicated individuals interested in experiencing a summer of wildlife rehabilitation at one of the busiest wildlife rehabilitation centers in Wisconsin! A limited number of paid internship positions (generally 6-8) are available beginning between April–June and ending approximately between August–October. Candidates will be accepted for a minimum of a twelve-week period, but a longer stay is encouraged.

Qualifications & Requirements​


-Previous animal handling or wildlife handling knowledge and experience is a plus.
-Commitment to treating animals and humans with kindness and respect.
-Emotionally-mature, hard-working, reliable, enthusiastic, and conscientious individuals who are willing to perform a variety of tasks as directed.
-Good interpersonal skills, teamwork, common sense, attention to detail, flexibility and the ability to work successfully in a fast paced environment.
-Ability to communicate effectively with WHS staff, volunteers, and clients in a professional manner over the phone, by email, and in person.
-Display interest in taking full advantage of the internship by ambitiously accepting increasing amounts of responsibility throughout the program.


-A High School Diploma is required. Degree earned or coursework completed at an accredited undergraduate or graduate college majoring in biology, wildlife management or ecology, natural sciences, pre-veterinary, or related fields preferred.
-Must be available on evenings, weekends and holidays.
-Must be available to work 40 hours or more on average per week working in 8 hour shifts or more in a given day.
-Must be available for the entirety of the minimum twelve-week internship period. (Note: due to the seasonal busyness of our work, vacation requests are very rarely approved during this period)
-Must be able to successfully meet the physical demands of the job, which include: Stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, standing, walking, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, repetitive motions and lifting 50 lbs. up to the waist level.
-Candidates must be up-to-date on their tetanus vaccinations.

Application Instructions

To apply, please visit to complete and submit an online employment application. Only applications submitted through our online application system may be considered. Please know that it is our policy to reply to every application received once we have a status update.

Come see why over 200 staff call one of WHS’s 6 locations home! You’ll be happy you did!

Equal Opportunity Employer

About Us

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin. It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door, and Brown Counties, as well as a Spay/Neuter Clinic in West Allis. The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, and veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs, and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the states busiest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group.
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