Medical Clinic Internship
The Avian Medical Clinic at the Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw, SC is seeking 2 full time interns for a three -month period starting August 15th through November 15th 2019.
The Avian Medical Clinic accepts and treats over 600 patients annually from throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Species accepted at the Medical Clinic include raptors, water birds, seabirds, wading birds, and shorebirds. The Avian Conservation Center is also designated in the USCG Area Contingency Plan as the official repository for oiled birds in South Carolina and maintains situational readiness in this crucial role. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the medical and rehabilitation process from rescue, triage, daily treatments and husbandry, various diagnostic testing, and release.
Job duties including but not limited to:
- Assisting with administrative duties including maintaining physical records and WRMD database.
- Answering and fielding phone calls on our injured bird line during scheduled shifts as well as being on call for after hours calls 1 night a week (5pm-9pm) once trained.
- Daily husbandry and hygiene related cleaning including cleaning, vacuuming, mopping Medical Clinic spaces, kennel cleaning, and cleaning outside enclosures.
- Safely restraining a wide variety of species for treatment procedures.
- Assisting with intake examinations and triaging patients.
- Venipuncture and analysis.
- Analyzing fecal samples for parasites.
- Performing a variety of avian specific medical techniques including gavage feeding, administering fluids, and administering medications.
- Assisting in monitoring birds under anesthesia for minor procedures such as physical therapy or wound treatment.
- Daily food preparation and daily medication preparation.
- Must have a valid driver’s license
- Must have a degree in or be working towards a degree in biology, veterinary technology, or related field.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time.
- Must be able to work outside in all types of weather.
- Must have a strong work ethic and positive attitude.
- Experience in this field not required, but some animal related experience is helpful. We are willing to train qualified candidates.
- Preference given to those seeking a career in wildlife medicine or rehabilitation.
- Must be a self-starter and be amenable to unpredictable and often long hours due to the nature of the work.
- Must be flexible in working with a wide variety of volunteers and staff.
- Must have a willingness to learn.
Interns will be scheduled for a 40-hour week on a 4 day / 10 hour schedule. Some weekends and holidays may be required. This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided. Please provide cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information to Bethany Spiegel at firstname.lastname@example.org by or before 7/21/19.