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Wildlife Education Internship
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Applications are being accepted for interns 18 years old or older interested in an internship at a wildlife sanctuary in coastal North Carolina focused on environmental education. Interns will receive basic rehabilitation training that focuses on native species of wildlife while learning how to educate the community and students on a variety of topics. Education ambassadors that the interns will work with include including guinea pigs, bunnies, goats, pig, resident wood duck and several more. With this training, the intern will be able to participate in animal ambassador care and practice education skills such as program development, program implementation, and community outreach. Upon completion of the internship, the intern will receive a certificate documenting the skills learned and the hours of service performed.
Experience will be invaluable for interns planning on furthering their education in the following fields: Environmental education, Zoology, Veterinary Technician, Wildlife Management, Environmental Sciences, Small Animal Management, and Wildlife Rehabilitation. Internships allow qualified candidates to explore their interests and gain practical work experience in an active wildlife sanctuary. This experience will allow interns to find entry level employment opportunities in wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, zoos, and wildlife centers. In addition to learning ambassador animal care, interns will learn the basics of public relations and environmental education through program participation and development stages. Interns will also be able to take advantage of networking opportunities that may prove beneficial in the future in their chosen fields and finally, they earn Community Service Hours by volunteering at a non-profit organization.
Requirements and Accommodations
Interns are not required to have any specific degree of education or background in environmental education as all training is provided. Possumwood Acres does not offer monetary compensation or stipends for any costs incurred for the duration of candidate’s internship, however, limited housing is available in exchange for 40 hours/week.
Interns will be required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week if providing their own housing and 40 hours a week if provided housing. As the sanctuary is open 7 days a week, from 9 AM to 9 PM, interns will be required to work AM shifts (9am to 3pm), mid-day (12pm to 6pm) and PM shifts (3pm to 9pm). Schedules will include 4 weekdays shits and 1 weekend shift. Program length may vary depending upon the intern’s availability, but a minimum of 8 weeks is required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion for the minimum of 240/320 hours respectively.
Ambassador Animal Care
Perform hands-on animal care inside the Animal Room and outside on the property. This includes cleaning, feeding, water, weighting, assisting in quarterly check-ups, and monitoring behavior. These animals are non-releasable used for educational programs and presentations. As such, interns will learn to assist in handling these animals during programs, developing enrichment activities for mental stimulation, and advanced interns will learn how to assist in the manning process for the raptors. Proper husbandry will be maintained while cleaning and changing cages, as well as demonstrating proper safety precautions at all times while handling animal ambassadors. Interns will also have the opportunity to arrange for an additional week of training at the local zoo, if desired. This additional training is optional and not required, but offered for those interested in these careers.
Education interns will assist in wildlife presentations, conduct group tours of the sanctuary, and develop and implement new programs. Educational programs vary and include both on and off-site location. A few examples of past educational programs include summer camps, boy/girl scout troops, marine groups, school field trips, and family tours. Interns must be willing and able to relate to the public and have a tolerance for large school groups for students of all ages.
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