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The West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) is a wildlife hospital, rehabilitation and education facility and serves as the primary rehabilitation center for Kitsap County, and other counties in the western Puget Sound region. We rehabilitate injured, sick and orphaned wildlife, giving them a second chance at life. This internship will give interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will work with staff and seasoned volunteers to help wildlife patients. Some of the practical skills learned will include individual species identification, behavior, and natural history, wildlife husbandry, animal handling, infant animal feeding, and medical care.

Job duties

Setting up and maintaining animal enclosures
Cleaning: cages, dishes, floors, laundry
Diet preparation (includes preparing dead prey - you will not be excluded from if you are uncomfortable with dead prey diet preparation)
Patient handling and proper restraint techniques
Infant care:
In the hospital nursery including but limited to:
Small mammals (e.g., chipmunks, opossums, and squirrels)
Songbirds (wrens, sparrows, robins, swallows)
Raccoon nursery
Waterfowl nursery (geese, gulls, several duck species)
Enrichment (cage setup, diet and supplements, foraging behaviors)
Assessment of animals for meeting requirements for weaning, moving outside, and release
Assisting with animal intake and physical examinations, and medication administration
Other tasks as required


Applicants must be current students, recent graduates, or career changes with an interest in biology and
wildlife-related fields
All applicants must have:
A current tetanus shot
Proof of health insurance or willing to sign a waiver
Housing and reliable transportation

All applicants must be able to:
Work independently, and cooperatively with co-workers and volunteers
Be on your feet for long stretches of time (6+ hours)
Carry 30 pounds
Work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays
Communicate via email
Speak, read and write the English language fluently
Understand that this is an UNPAID position
This position may not be suitable for an individual with an auto-immune disorder or who may be pregnant

To apply for this internship please fill out our online application here and send resume and transcripts to
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