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  • Avian Care Internship

    Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
    • Employer: Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
      Location: Tavernier, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 09/01/2023
      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. 


    We are currently looking to fill 2 positions for our Avian care Internship. 

    Opening 1: Available late July - mid August

    Opening 2: Available late July - mid August


    Hospital Duties include:

    - Daily cleaning and feeding of Hospital patients

    - Maintaining hospital cleanliness i.e. sweeping, mopping, laundry

    - Administering medication and fluids therapy

    - Helping staff with wound care, blood work, fecals, xrays etc

    - Participating in bird rescues, intakes and releases

    - Answering bird emergency calls at least two nights a week

    - Keeping detailed and updated reports on sick and injured patients

    - Partaking in after-hour bird emergencies


    Sanctuary Duties include:

    - Daily husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents i.e. feeding, cleaning, checking enclosures, replacing/cleaning perches

    - 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

    - Feeding and cleaning of rehabilitation patients in medical cages and flight cages; including 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



    - At least 21 years old

    - 6 month commitment

    - Willing to work 40 hours a week, weekends and holidays with occasional evenings

    - Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work in hot humid and rainy weather conditions

    - Able to multitask and handle physical and mentally stressful tasks

    - Ability to interact with the public proficiently

    - Have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and ability to handle multiple personalities.

    - Valid U.S. Driver's License and clean driving record


    *Start dates are flexible* 

    How to Apply

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

    To access the application and find more information, please visit our website. 

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