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  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship

    • Employer: West Sound Wildlife Shelter
      Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/01/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife for return back into the wild. The internship will give interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will work with staff and seasoned volunteers to help wildlife patients. Some of the practical skills learned will include individual species identification, behavior, and natural history, wildlife husbandry, animal handling, infant animal feeding, and medical care. 

    Job duties

    • Setting up and maintaining animal enclosures
    • Cleaning: cages, dishes, floors, laundry
    • Diet preparation (includes preparing dead prey - you will not be excluded from consideration if you are uncomfortable with dead prey diet preparation)
    • Patient handling and proper restraint techniques
    • Infant care:In the hospital nursery including but limited to:
    • Small mammals (e.g., chipmunks, opossums, and squirrels)
    • Songbirds (wrens, sparrows, robins, swallows)
    • Raccoon nursery
    • Waterfowl nursery (geese, gulls, several duck species)
    • Enrichment (cage setup, diet and supplements, foraging behaviors)
    • Assessment of animals for meeting requirements for weaning, moving outside, and release
    • Assisting with animal intake and physical examinations, and medication administration
    • Other tasks as required


    • Applicants must be current college students or recent graduates with an interest in biology and wildlife-related fields

    All applicants must have:

    • a current tetanus shot
    • proof of health insurance or willing to sign a waiver
    • housing and your own transportation

    All applicants must be able to:

    • work independently, and cooperatively with co-workers and volunteers
    • be on your feet for long stretches of time (6+ hours)
    • carry 30 pounds
    • work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays
    • communicate via email
    • speak, read and write the English language fluently
    • Understand that this is an UNPAID position

    This position may not be suitable for an individual with an auto-immune disorder or who may be pregnant

    To apply for this internship, please fill out the online application https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1126822639 and send cover letter, current resume, and unofficial transcripts to internships@westsoundwildlife.org 

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