WILDNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our patients.
WILDNorth is a non-partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured, orphaned, and contaminated wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community. We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species. Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% small mammals (squirrels, porcupines, fox).
Time Period: May – August (with the possibility for extension in April and/or September)
Hours: 20-40 hrs/week
Minimum commitment: 4 months preferred
Location: WILDNorth operates out of two facilities. Our Wildlife Hospital is in Edmonton, and is accessible by public transit. Our Rehabilitation Centre is in Parkland County (North of Spruce Grove) and is not accessible by public transit. You will need to specify which location you’d prefer to intern from in your application form.
Working under the supervision of the Animal Care Manager or appropriately identified staff, interns will assist with the following:
♦ Monitoring progress of patients, recording weights and food intake, and maintaining proper environment
♦ Assisting with medical treatments, capture and restraint of patients
♦ Hand-feeding orphaned mammals and birds around the clock
♦ Preparing species’ diets, daily feeding, cleaning and enrichment of animal enclosures
♦ Specialized waterfowl care
♦ General facility cleaning including sweeping/mopping floors, washing dishes, disinfecting counters/sinks
♦ Reporting maintenance and/or safety hazards to the rehabilitation staff and correcting hazards if possible
♦ Lifting and hauling items up to 40 lbs, including trash and recycling
♦ Assisting with organizational or construction projects, as needed
♦ Assisting staff with rescues, supply pick-up, patient transfers from our wildlife hospital
♦ Maintaining high energy levels throughout a long workday
♦ Additional duties as requested
Interns are required to follow all policy, procedures and protocols at WILDNorth to ensure a high standard of animal care. Interns will also interact with and work with other facility volunteers, summer students and casual relief staff.
All positions are voluntary, NO salary is offered. Housing and transportation is not provided.
Minimum age of 18 years of age or older
Experience or coursework in: biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry
Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina
Rabies vaccination an asset
Effective communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently and as a team member
Ability to be motivated, flexible and patient in a highly demanding work environment
Criminal record check
Must provide references
Benefits & skill development for the Intern
Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research and proper husbandry techniques
Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work
Further your career or educational goals
Orientation and training provided
Learning job skills and team work
Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people
Certificate of completion of internship provided