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Fox Valley Wildlife Center accepts applications for Wildlife Interns in the spring and summer, with limited positions available in the fall.

About our center:

Fox Valley Wildlife Center is a wildlife hospital located in South Elgin, IL and with outdoor enclosures in Elburn, IL. FVWC has served the needs of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife from Kane county and surrounding areas since 2001, and a part of Anderson Animal Shelter since 2020. FVWC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About the position:

Our wildlife interns work with our Wildlife Care Department in service of the wildlife in our community.

While working with our Wildlife Care Department, interns will be directly assisting in the care of the 3,000 animals that FVWC receives yearly. In addition to learning basic responsibilities of daily care and operations at the center, interns are directly supervised by our 2 licensed wildlife rehabilitators in order to gain experience and knowledge about triage and providing basic medical care. Interns should be comfortable with:

Feeding animals (babies to adults)

Daily maintenance that includes cleaning, dishes and laundry

Speaking with the public when performing intake administration

Being trained to work with and handle wild animals (this includes contact with animal urine and feces)

Observing, learning about and assisting with cases of severe illness or trauma

Performing supervised medical tasks such as fluid therapy, wound care, and injections

Working in an intense and fast-paced environment

Physical demands that include long periods of standing, bending, stretching, having quick reflexes

Working outdoors in all weather conditions

Interns are unpaid and may choose to work either 15 or 30 hours per week for 150 hours total. Longer internships are available but are subject to staff approval. Interns will work “units” of 1-2 weeks in each area of our facility at South Elgin as well as a unit working with our outdoor patients located in Elburn. Most of our interns work May through August, but we need interns as early as March and as late as October. Prior animal care experience is helpful but not necessary. On-site housing is not currently available.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to Molly Craig (Wildlife Care Manager) at mcraig@andersonanimalshelter.org. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. We work with any higher education facility to help obtain course credit. Spots are competitive, so the earlier you apply, the better!

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