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Wildlife Rehabilitation 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. Interns will receive intense rehabilitation training that focuses on native species of wildlife. This includes small mammals as well as a wide variety of birds (songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, sea birds, shore birds). With this training, the intern will be able to participate in actual patient care and practice hands-on wildlife rehabilitation skills. 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: Veterinary Medicine, Biology, 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 wildlife patient care, interns will learn the basics of public relations through the patient intake process as well as when they learn to answer wildlife related questions to assist county residents. 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 wildlife rehabilitation 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.
Perform hands-on animal care inside the Animal Room. This includes feeding, water, tubing, weighing, assisting with wound care, bandaging, splinting, administering medications, fluid therapy, and orphan care. Proper husbandry will be maintained while cleaning and changing cages, as well as demonstrating proper safety precautions at all times while handling wildlife patients. 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.
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