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  • Avian Care Intern


    Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
    • Employer: Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
      Location: Tavernier, FL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Interns are invaluable to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. We are happy to provide 6-month, paid internships to individuals who are interested and passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.  The unique ecosystem of the Florida Keys creates a great opportunity for interns to gain knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of avian species. From seabirds and shorebirds to raptors and songbirds, interns can expect to work hands-on alongside our Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators at Mission Wild Bird and independently at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary.

    Our Avian Care internship consists of 5-day, 40-hour (sometimes more) work weeks. The schedule is split up so that individuals will be working 2-3 days a week at our Wild Bird Hospital and 2-3 days a week at our Sanctuary. We provide a $200 bi-weekly stipend and shared intern housing located on-site at our Sanctuary. 

    Hospital Duties include: 

    • Daily cleaning and feeding of Hospital patients
    • Maintaining hospital cleanliness (i.e. sweeping, mopping, laundry, etc.)
    • Administering medication and fluid therapy
    • Helping staff with wound care, blood work, fecals, X-Rays, etc.
    • Participating in bird rescues, intakes, and releases
    • Being on-call for bird emergency calls at least two nights per week
    • Keeping detailed and updated reports on sick and injured patients
    • Partaking in after-hours bird emergencies
       

    Sanctuary Duties include:

    • Daily husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents (i.e. feeding, cleaning, checking enclosures, replacing/cleaning perches, etc.)
    • Picking up donated fish from local marine centers and sorting fish for quality
    • Helping with regular clean up of the facility such as pressure-washing the boardwalk, replacing mulch, and trimming branches
    • Feeding and cleaning of rehabilitation patients in medical and flight cages
    • Occasional weighing of patients, assessing condition, and noting diet changes
    • Researching, organizing, and providing enrichment for residents
    • Helping with any educational events such as occasional sanctuary tours and regular interactions with visitors

     

    Qualifications:

    • Working towards or completed Bachelor’s Degree in biology/animal related field or equivalent experience
    • 6 month commitment
    • Willing to work 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays with occasional evenings
    • Ability to lift 50 lbs and work in hot, humid, and rainy weather conditions
    • Capable of multitasking and handling physically and mentally stressful tasks
    • Ability to interact with the public in a professional manner
    • Have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and ability to work well with others 
    • Valid Driver's License and clean driving record

    *Start dates are flexible - we are looking for candidates to start between February and April** 

    How to Apply

    To apply, send your completed internship application, resume, and cover letter to careers@keepthemflying.org. 

    Internship Application.pdf




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