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Napanee, ON, Canada
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We are a busy wildlife centre and admit over 4300 wild mammals, birds and reptiles a year. The primary role of a wildlife centre intern is to help care for these animals, many of whom are orphans. The internship is intense, physically demanding, fast-paced and repetitive, giving interns the opportunity to learn about all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation.
Interns gain valuable practical experience, while helping SPWC’s wildlife patients and working with professional staff and volunteers. Some of the skills learned include; individual species identification, natural history, proper husbandry and enrichment techniques, animal handling, tube feeding of mammals and birds, medication administration, and various other procedures. Interns may come from biology, wildlife management, veterinary medicine, veterinary technician or environmental education fields, but we will consider interns from any background. We believe that a strong interest in wildlife, work ethic and willingness to learn are more important than academic qualifications. We are offering a stipend of $100/week for the successful applicant.
We are located on a hobby farm in a rural area, with no public transportation. However, there are plenty of provincial parks and beautiful areas to explore all around us.
Abilities and Experience Required
Ability to speak read and write the English language fluently.
Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Ability to perform tedious tasks for long periods of time, without complaining.
Ability to be resourceful, and flexible.
Ability to do rigorous outdoor work in all types of weather.
Ability to perform physically demanding tasks, such as cleaning, lifting (up to 40 pounds), climbing ladders, etc.
Ability to work quickly and efficiently while precisely following directions and procedures.
Ability to work long hours and function on very little sleep, without complaining!
Ability to get along with others in a group-housing situation.
Rabies and Tetanus vaccine, proof will be required upon acceptance to the program.
Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
Accommodations & Length of Internship
Shared bedrooms (3-6 interns per room), in a house on-site. Cooking, bathroom, laundry facilities are shared with the Centre’s director.You are responsible for your own food and beverages. House cleaning duties are shared evenly between interns. Three to nine months duration. You will be working four days per week in the busy seasons and five days in the Winter (slower) season. Days off are not always consecutive. On your days on you will be responsible for all patients who require overnight feedings and late night admissions.
Application Deadline for 2019 Spring/Summer Rotations is March 16th, 2019.This is a popular program sending your application early is helpful. Applications for Fall & Winter Internships can be sent anytime.
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