Wildlife Hospital Internship (3 months minimum)

Organization & Core Values
Fellow Mortals was founded on a philosophy of respect for individual life. Staff and intern schedules and duties are centered on meeting the needs of individual animals brought to us by the public. We work with all species of wild birds (including non-natives) and non-predatory mammals. We do not euthanize healthy orphans. Euthanasia is performed when necessary to end suffering or when injuries preclude release or placement.

Because we provide care for the most sensitive critical patients—newborn, new-hatch, and injured individuals, our days end when patient care is done, and days are longer than at facilities which operate differently from Fellow Mortals.

Since 1992, exceptional interns have experienced wildlife rehabilitation as practiced in a professional manner, and all of our current staff first came to Fellow Mortals as interns.

Successful interns are those who share our high standards and approach to wildlife care and are looking for an immersive experience that will expose them to what an animal care career looks like in a professional setting.

Description of Facility
Fellow Mortals is a state-of-the art hospital, with 10,000 square feet of hospital, clinics, critical care, x-ray, anesthesia, and habitats, including spacious outdoor caging. 2000 animals receive care annually at the hospital site. You can read more about our work and our facilities on our web site.

Wildlife Care
All care is provided by a professional full-time staff of wildlife rehabilitators with associated veterinarians visiting the hospital as needed. With an influx of orphans during the spring and summer months, it is possible to provide hands-on experience in wildlife rehabilitation for those students who are serious about pursuing animal care as a profession.

Description of position
Qualified applicants for this position have a serious interest in the welfare and care of individual animals and understand the privilege of learning while performing necessary duties and tasks. They are serious about their internship choice and will welcome working alongside others who share their values. An average day at the hospital begins at 8 a.m. and ends after 10 p.m.

Interns work 5 days a week, with 2 nonconsecutive days off.

Interns and staff alike perform daily and repetitive tasks of feeding, cleaning, facilities upkeep, and various other tasks necessary for the successful nurturing and healing of animals, and to maintain the equipment and structure of the wildlife facility. Whatever interns are asked to do has been done thousands of times over by staff.

Upon acceptance, interns are provided with tools to help them succeed in the internship and the first weeks include reading and viewing training modules which help to build knowledge and augment hands-on experience.

After initial training and aptitude assessment, interns will focus on one of several areas for the duration of the internship: orphaned songbird feeding and care; small mammal feeding and care; waterfowl feeding and care. Focus on a specific area provides a more meaningful experience for the intern while increasing quality of care for wild patients.

This position is not suitable or intended for those who are looking for medical training or experience, who are studying wildlife populations and management, or for those who are looking for something other than what this position offers.

Essential Requirements
Private health insurance, current tetanus vaccination, valid driver’s license, and private transportation.

Covid-19 precautions to be determined, include not socializing outside the Fellow Mortals’ ‘bubble’ during the time of the internship.

Able to understand and retain detailed information. Able to receive correction in a mature manner. Able to work independently after training and to be trusted to do things as instructed without constant correction or supervision. Able to interact in a professional manner with coworkers and staff. Able to adapt to changing duties, hours, and schedules, while maintaining a positive attitude.

Physical stamina: capable of working long days (with lunch and snack breaks), some heavy lifting (up to 50# when feed bags are delivered and stored weekly), normal movements such as kneeling, gripping, holding, standing, sitting, walking, and repetitive motions. No conditions that make it unsafe to work indoors or outdoors for any reason.

Essential skills checklist—if you can check all of these, we hope you apply!
• Compassion and respect for the life and welfare of an individual animal
• Respect for the values of Fellow Mortals and its staff as expressed to you
• Desire to perform at a high standard, to be exceptional as an intern
• Independent and mature; not dependent on peers for opinions or attitudes
• Experience with long-term care and companionship of a domestic animal

Length of Internship
Internship start dates are staggered and begin in May. The minimum length of internship is three months, with extended and advanced internships possible after that period. The total internship period is based on calendar months, not days worked, so a three-month internship will be at least 90 days.

Benefits
To enhance the experience designed for interns passionate about pursuing an animal care career, opportunities will be available for interns to shadow and work with a staff rehabilitator or veterinarian every other week after the initial training period. Shadowing will involve observing and potentially assisting with new patient exams, triage, and treatment, initial care, or diagnostics such as digital x-ray, other advanced aspects of wildlife care such as wound management and bandaging, and wildlife education and admissions in the admit area.

Accepted interns receive $500 per month to help with essential needs. Checks are issued the 10th day of the month after the internship starts and amounts are prorated for partial months.

Interns who successfully complete a minimum three-month internship* will receive a completion bonus of $800, with a certificate listing species and skills experience and hours. *Successful completion is measured by reviews which will be conducted over the period of the internship.

Intern housing is available to a limited number of applicants in return for helping with laundry duties on days off. Include housing information request with cover letter.

How to Apply
Email the following to Yvonne Wallace Blane, Director of Rehabilitation
Yvonne@fellowmortals.org

Cover Letter addressing your interest in the position
Resumé (work, education & volunteer experience)
Three (3) Professional (not family or personal) references, with e-mail & phone contact
Specify any preference for orphaned songbird feeding and care; small mammal feeding and care; waterfowl feeding and care
Specify earliest start date and latest end date
Specify if you are requesting housing information

Application process
Your application will be acknowledged upon receipt
Applicants who pass initial screening will be contacted for more information

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