If you're a DVM or will be graduating this spring, we're also currently accepting applications for our 2019-20 DVM Intern.
Wildlife Nursery Internships
A successful wildlife internship can open many doors for you. Whether you want to do field work as a biologist or work with exotics as a veterinarian, hands-on experience with wildlife is a powerful statement on your resume.
Not in college? That's okay! We welcome interns who are interested in learning more about different species and levels of care.
Our requirements for internships are fairly simple:
- 25 hrs/wk
- available days, nights, weekends, holidays
- able to follow specific instructions
- minimum age of 18 years
- prior management experience or hands-on animal experience is desirable but not necessary
Our internships are unpaid and you must have transportation to get to the center.
Applications are currently being accepted for our 2019 Nurseries. Details are provided in the areas below.
Mammal Nursery Internships
Our Mammal Nursery is by far our busiest nursery: more than 4,500 animals. Patients range from squirrels to rabbits and hares, from raccoons, to mink, fox and muskrats.
As a Mammal Nursery Intern you'll help manage and train the volunteers in the nursery. You'll be responsible for direct care of our higher stress and rabies vector patients. You'll learn husbandry for these species and how to ascertain their qualifications for release. Proper animal handling, caging and feeding will also be covered in the internship.
You'll be working in a hospital setting so cleanliness is critical to our patients' well-being. Cleaning is a large part of the internship. You'll be doing laundry, dishes and cleaning cages daily. On the bright side, the reward for successful treatment is the opportunity to release animals that have been in your care.
Because you will be working with rabies vector species the pre-exposure rabies series/vaccine is required. From the initial shot to the titer report, which is what we require, takes nearly two months. You should start this process immediately if you're interested in a Mammal Nursery Internship. Luckily the series is fairly easy to get. You can order it through your physician or school health services or even your local Walgreen's.
You have a choice of two sessions:
- late March-early July
- early July-mid October
To apply, send us your resume, cover letter and a letter of recommendation. Please indicate your rabies vaccine status in your letter.
Avian Nursery Internships
Our Avian Nurseries are a great place to develop hands-on experience with more than 60 species of songbirds and a dozen or more species of waterfowl and gamebirds.
As an Avian Nurseries Intern you'll help manage and train the volunteers in the nurseries. You'll be responsible for direct care of our higher stress/more fragile species and patients undergoing specific medical care. You'll learn husbandry for these species and how to ascertain their qualifications for release. Proper animal handling, caging and feeding will also be covered in the internship.
Because a clean hospital environment is important to our patient's success, daily cleaning, laundry and dishes is a large part of the internship. You'll be trained in how to properly clean instruments and your hands when working with patients, both for their protection and yours.
Avian Nursery Interns will start in late April and go through late September.
To apply, send us your resume, cover letter and a letter of recommendation.