Wild Instincts is looking for interns for 3 separate sessions. Spring: Mar 17 - May 25; Summer: May 19 (or in there somewhere) – Aug 31; Fall: Aug 25 (or in there somewhere) - Nov 2. In the past we have allowed suitable applicants to complete consecutive sessions (Spring through Fall for a mega-session).
Intern will be involved in all aspects of wildlife care from admission to release. This involves substantial animal husbandry responsibilities, limited basic medical work, administrative duties (record keeping and telephone work), and fieldwork involving rescues, releases and transportation of animals. Day-to-day responsibilities include feeding, cleaning enclosures, monitoring behavior and enrichment activities, dealing with the public. Intern will work a 5-day work week, with attempt for 2 consecutive days off, minimum 12 hr days (8am-8pm) depending on patient load. Rehabilitation techniques will be taught appropriate to the Intern’s qualifications. Intern will gain intensive, hands-on training and experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation, focusing on animal nutrition, husbandry, feeding techniques, capture and restraint methods, release criteria, captive animal behaviors, and natural history while learning from people with decades of professional wildlife rehab experience in all species of native Wisconsin wildlife. Intern will also participate in presenting education programs to public.
Qualifications: (This position may not be suitable for an individual with an auto-immune disorder or who may be pregnant)
Minimum 1 yr college required, 2 yr preferred, with course work in wildlife, biology, animal science, ecology, ornithology, mammalogy, pre-vet or similar; Current on tetanus vaccine; Have valid driver's license; Capable of rigorous outdoor work & physically traversing uneven terrain in all types of outdoor conditions; Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs ;Ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations; Ability to handle a demanding workload and long hours; Ability to work independently or as a team; Possess a strong personal work ethic and a high level of integrity; Ability to organize, set goals, and meet deadlines; attention to detail; Professional appearance and demeanor; ability to interact and communicate with the public, law enforcement, veterinarians and others; Demonstrated ability to handle diverse, competing tasks independently, efficiently, and accurately; flexibility is a must; Must be able to handle emotional aspects of euthanasia; Sense of humor a plus!
$75/wk Stipend will be awarded. Shared housing with laundry facilities is provided on-site.
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