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  • 50/50 Avian Hospital/Sanctuary Internship

    • Employer: Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
      Location: Tavernier, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Description & Details

    The mission of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced, to provide or locate a humane shelter for those birds that cannot be released, and to educate the public toward the importance of coexistence with all wild bird species. Our Wild Bird Sanctuary is located on a 7-acre wetland and houses 100+ native and migratory permanent residents. Our Wild Bird Rehabilitation Hospital receives over 800 sick and injured birds a year and is located a mile down the road from our Sanctuary. We are proud to offer three different internships where college students and recent college graduates receive valuable hands-on experience with avian husbandry and wildlife rehabilitation, with a taste of wildlife education. Our internships are available year-round and we accept applications on a rolling basis. We are looking for hardworking, motivated, and enthusiastic individuals to partake in 6 month long, 40 hours/week internships at our established organization. Interns are offered a $200 bi-weekly stipend and housing/parking is provided on site at our Wild Bird Sanctuary.


    50/50 Internship Duties include (but are not limited to):

    • Working 3 days a week in our Wild Bird Hospital and 2 days a week at our Wild Bird Sanctuary
    • See below for respective responsibilities


    Sanctuary Intern Duties include (but are not limited to):

    • Daily husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents
    • feeding, cleaning, observing behavior, checking enclosures, replacing/cleaning perches, washing dishes, etc.
    • Picking up donated fish from local marine centers and sifting fish for quality
    • Helping with regular clean up of facility such as pressure-washing the boardwalk, replacing mulch, and trimming branches
    • Assisting in bird rescues and releases
    • Feeding and cleaning rehabilitation patients in medical cages and flight cage; including occasional weighing of patients, assessing condition, and noting diet changes
    • Researching, organizing, and providing enrichment for the sanctuary residents
    • Helping with any educational events such as occasional sanctuary tours and regularly interacting with visitors


    Hospital Intern Duties include (but are not limited to):

    • Daily cleaning and feeding of Hospital patients
    • Observing all patients for abnormal behavior
    • Maintaining hospital cleanliness such as sweeping, mopping, laundry
    • Administering medication and fluids therapy
    • Helping staff with wound care, blood work, fecals, x-rays, etc.
    • Participating in bird rescues, intakes and releases
    • Answering bird-emergency calls two nights a week
    • Keeping detailed and updated reports on sick and injured patients
    • Partaking in after-hour bird emergencies



    • Working towards or have completed a Bachelors degree in an animal-related field
    • 6 month commitment
    • Must be at least 21 years old
    • Willing to work 40 hours (5 days) a week, weekends and holidays with occasional evenings
    • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work in hot, humid and rainy weather conditions
    • Ability to work both independently and with a team
    • Ability to interact with the public proficiently
    • Possess a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and eagerness to learn
    • Must have a valid Driver’s License and clean driving record


    For Further Information, To Apply, or To Contact:

    Please fill out and submit the appropriate internship application located on our website http://www.keepthemflying.org/job/50-50-internship/. For any further questions, email info@keepthemflying.org.

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