Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured, or orphaned native wildlife for return back into the wild, in a condition that will optimize their chances of survival. Interns assist with the routine daily care of wildlife patients, as well as caring for the wildlife center’s resident animal collection. Intern duties include preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, feeding animals, answering phones & record keeping. Interns also have the opportunity to assist with medical tasks, as ordered by the Veterinary staff, such as administering treatments, helping with radiographs & assisting with surgeries. In addition, interns participate in research, special projects, tours, training, cage building/maintenance & animal rescues. The Paid Intern provides supervision & guidance to volunteers/ unpaid interns & acts as liaison to Veterinary Staff.
Prospective interns must be in an undergraduate, associates program, or recently graduated (within one year) from a relevant field of study, be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs., bend, stoop, stand for periods of at least 30 minute intervals, walk on variable substrate, work in all climatic conditions, be able to read & follow instructions, communicate clearly, perform simple calculations & have dependable transportation. Interns must be rabies vaccinated to care for adult self/feeding & education mammals. Unvaccinated interns may assist with the hand-rearing of orphaned mammals, care for birds & reptiles, & perform all other responsibilities. This position may not be suitable for individuals who are immune suppressed and/or pregnant. Persons who are hearing, sight, or speech impaired should bring this to the attention of the Supervisor so reasonable accommodations can be made.
This internship is part of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Councils’ Practicum Accreditation Program; interns will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.
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