A wildlife medicine internship with Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance is intended to be a learning experience focused on all aspects of animal care, wildlife rehabilitation, human-wildlife conflict resolution, coexistence, and educational outreach. Interns will learn skills such as handling techniques, cleaning and sterilization procedures, habitat enrichment, diets, feeding methods, triaging critical patients and will assist experienced leads in all aspects of daily care. You may also have the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops focused on animal topics and career building.
We strive to teach based on intern goals but also to provide a well-rounded experience. Our internships are intended to provide experience and on-the-job training so that you leave us with a good foundation and experience to take to your future careers.
Skills and Qualifications:
· Sense of responsibility
· Excellent communicator
· Works well in a team setting and alone
· Is flexible and is willing to change task
· Is able to demonstrate proper etiquette
both around people & animals
Physical labor is a significant part of working with wildlife and can include dealing with feces and working in small, smelly, and awkward spaces. This means that many tasks will be dirty and difficult. However, there is rarely a task without educational value. Interns are expected to take on any assigned task and learn from it. If the educational value is unknown, please ask. Interns are expected to be punctual and notify supervisors well in advance if a shift must be missed. Interns are expected to be self-motivated and to keep busy when supervisors have not specifically designated a task.
Interns will be expected to take part in a variety of tasks, many of which do not involve direct contact with wildlife. Tasks such as:
· Caring for feeder rodents
· Caring for feeder invertebrates
· Record keeping
· Cleaning the nature center
· Cleaning workspaces
· Dishes, laundry, sweeping, mopping
· Scrubbing kennels/mews
· Working with multiple supervisors
For in-state internship requests, we offer part-time (24 hours a week) and full-time (32 hours a week) internships for 3 months. Interns are expected to be here for full 8-hour days. This provides a well-rounded experience of what goes on at RMWA. We will consider school-related, out-of-state requests and special circumstances for a shorter amount of time on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us directly at email@example.com
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