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  • Wildlife Care Center Internship

    Guest Stephanie Herman
    • Employer: Portland Audubon
      Location: Portland, OR
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Position: Wildlife Care Center Internship

    Minimum commitment: 4 months

    Dates: May – August 2022

    Hours: 40 hrs/week

    Schedule: five 8-hour shifts per week. Expect to work 1 weekend day per week.

    Stipend: $100 / week

    Application Deadline: 3/1/2022


    About Portland Audubon

    Portland Audubon has been a leading voice in conservation for over a century. Through conservation advocacy, environmental education, and wildlife rehabilitation, we promote the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We are located in a 150-acre wildlife sanctuary in Forest Park, just minutes from downtown Portland.  The Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center is Oregon's oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility, treating 3,000+ animals and responding to approximately 10,000 wildlife related phone-calls annually.  The Wildlife Care Center is supported by permanent and seasonal staff, interns, and between 60-70 volunteers. 

    Position Summary

    Wildlife Care Center Interns assist center staff with a wide variety of daily operations, including treatment and care of injured and recovering wildlife, public outreach, record keeping and facility maintenance. During the spring and summer season, interns will spend the majority of their time caring for & cleaning up after baby birds of many species. Interns at the Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center are providing both guided and self-paced training, as well as hands-on experience, and can expect to develop understanding of the wildlife rehabilitation process and practice related skills. Topics include:

    • Urban wildlife stewardship & advocacy
    • Wildlife worker health and safety
    • Basic animal handling
    • Managing stress in captive wild animals
    • Captive wild animal husbandry
    • Administration of medications & fluids
    • Medical and animal care recordkeeping
    • Natural history of Pacific Northwest species


    • Minimum age of 18
    • Current tetanus vaccination, full COVID vaccination series & booster
    • Ability to commit to full internship period, and reliably attend assigned shifts
    • Team-oriented; well-developed communication & interpersonal skills
    • Able to learn and follow complex procedures accurately
    • Basic computer literacy; ability to learn our medical recordkeeping system
    • Calm & efficient approach to working in busy, high-intensity situations
    • Respect for and commitment to preserving the wildness of our patients

    Working Conditions

    The work environment and requirements described below are essential to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the necessary functions.

    • Occasional flexibility of schedule
    • Work is performed outside in all weather
    • Work requires standing and walking for full 8-hour shift, carrying & lifting up to 25 lbs, crouching, kneeling, bending, and pulling.
    • Work involves significant fine motor control and repetitive hand motions

    Wildlife rehabilitation involves exposure to injured and dying animals, and humane euthanasia of suffering animals is a necessary component of the work. Interns are not expected to make euthanasia decisions or perform euthanasia, but will be exposed to these things in the course of their work.


    Portland Audubon does not discriminate on the basis of race; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; age; religion; marital status; national origin or ancestry; political affiliation; citizenship; lawful immigration status; or mental, physical or medical disability; Veteran status; or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces. 

    Applicants of color, immigrants, and other underserved persons are encouraged to apply. 


    APPLY ONLINE at portlandaudubon.bamboohr.com/jobs/

    Application Deadline: on or before Tuesday March 1 at midnight.

    To submit via US Postal Service, please send your resume, cover letter and this application (download, fill in and print)  to:

    Volunteer Program

    Portland Audubon

    REF: Wildlife Care Center Intern 

    5151 NW Cornell Road

    Portland, OR 97210 


    Diversity Statement:

    Portland Audubon believes that inspiring all people to love and protect nature is best achieved when we embrace diversity as a value and practice. In the same way an ecosystem needs many types of plants and wildlife, an organization thrives when it includes a diversity of people and perspectives. We recognize that inequities are widespread and create gaps between our present reality and our aspirations. Audubon is committed to:

    Reflecting the diversity of the community in our board, staff, volunteers, and members.

    Ensuring our internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance our diversity goals.

    Empowering people to make positive changes in their community and environment.

    Portland Audubon is nearing the end of a five-year strategic plan. A core priority moving forward is to infuse equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) into all of the goals and work of the organization. This position will play an important role in achieving the organization’s EID goals through engagement with staff, board members, donors, volunteers and the public. We recognize that in order to serve diverse communities we must also have diversity represented in our staff.

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