Interns are invaluable to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. We are happy to provide 6-month, paid internships to individuals who are interested and passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. The unique ecosystem of the Florida Keys creates a great opportunity for interns to gain knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of avian species. From seabirds and shorebirds to raptors and songbirds, interns can expect to work hands-on alongside our Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators at Mission Wild Bird and independently at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary.
Our Avian Care internship consists of 5-day, 40-hour (sometimes more) work weeks. The schedule is split up so that individuals will be working 2-3 days a week at our Wild Bird Hospital and 2-3 days a week at our Sanctuary. We provide a $200 bi-weekly stipend and shared intern housing located on-site at our Sanctuary.
Hospital Duties include:
Daily cleaning and feeding of Hospital patients
Maintaining hospital cleanliness (i.e. sweeping, mopping, laundry, etc.)
Administering medication and fluid therapy
Helping staff with wound care, blood work, fecals, X-Rays, etc.
Participating in bird rescues, intakes, and releases
Answering bird emergency calls at least two nights per week
Keeping detailed and updated reports on sick and injured patients
Partaking in after-hours bird emergencies
Sanctuary Duties include:
Daily husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents (i.e. feeding, cleaning, checking enclosures, replacing/cleaning perches, etc.)
Picking up donated fish from local marine centers and sifting fish for quality
Helping with regular clean up of the facility such as pressure-washing the boardwalk, replacing mulch, and trimming branches
Feeding and cleaning of rehabilitation patients in medical and flight cages
Occasional weighing of patients, assessing condition, and noting diet changes
Researching, organizing, and providing enrichment for residents
Helping with any educational events such as occasional sanctuary tours and regular interactions with visitors
At least 21 years old
Working towards or completed Bachelor’s Degree in animal related field
6 month commitment
Willing to work 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays with occasional evenings
Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work in hot, humid, and rainy weather conditions
Able to multitask and handle physical and mentally stressful tasks
Ability to interact with the public proficiently
Have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and ability to handle multiple personalities
Valid Driver's License and clean driving record
How to Apply
To apply, complete the Internship Application (found on the Internships page of our website at https://www.missionwildbird.com/internships) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your resume and cover letter.