Internships

Wildlife Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2017 Baby Season. All summer positions have been filled. If you wish to apply for an internship late summer and into the fall season, please read the following information first. We will have space available again in late August - November. 

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All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter. We are looking for individuals who are highly motivated. Our interns must be efficient, able to multi-task, learn new skills quickly, and excel in a very busy, high-stress environment. Please explain your interest in this internship, and your long-term goals. How would this experience assist you in achieving those goals? 

Are you highly energetic, focused, self-motivated, and interested in furthering your knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation? 

Please give specific examples of your successes working, or volunteering, where you were expected to multi-task, work in a high stress environment, and/or work well as a team. 

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Job Description: To assist Licensed Rehabilitators in the care and maintenance of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife patients.

Training will involve all phases of the rehabilitation process with a focus on animal husbandry. Please note that this is an introductory experience and the primary training will include proper wildlife diets/nutrition, cage set up, enrichment, natural behavior/histories, cage cleaning, capture and restraint techniques, natural habitat, record keeping, and animal observational skills. As time allows, interns will explore some basic medical techniques but, this is not the primary focus. 

Accrued hours will be documented and can be applied to hours required to obtain a Washington State Wildlife Rehabilitation license. (Each state has different licensing requirements, but your experience would be applicable.) In most cases, hours can be used towards clinic hours required for Veterinary school enrollment. 

Interns will be required to train and manage volunteers assigned to their shifts. All applicants must commit to a 12 week internship. 

Expectations/Requirements:

  • Interns must have the ability to work and train volunteers in a dynamic and ever-changing setting that is quite fast paced and, at times, emotionally challenging
  • Applicants should have a general understanding of mammalian and avian anatomy and physiology
  • A general working knowledge of NW wildlife species including identification and associated natural histories is preferred
  • Interns will be expected to engage in all phases of the rehab process from food preparation to evaluation of patients for release
  • Two years of college level studies in the natural sciences is preferred
  • Must be able to lift (up to 50 lbs.), bend, reach, and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions. 
  • Interns work 12+ hours a day, 5 consecutive days (with 2 days off each week) - days are long and strenuous 
  • Interns must provide their own transportation to our facility and will need a vehicle while staying on site (nearest town is 5 miles and we are in a rural area)
  • Minimum age requirement 18
  • Please indicate what dates you are available (approximate start and stop dates, covering a 12 week time period)

Payment – unpaid internship

On site housing provided for 4 for positions - local applicants may commute to facility

Send cover letter and resume with references to: Suzanne West, Executive Director - Email: suzanne@sarveywildlife.org