Wildlife Rehabilitation Paid Internship

Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife with the sole purpose of returning animals back into the wild in a condition that will optimize their chances of survival.  The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center believes that compassion, civic responsibility and environmental stewardship are lessons best learned in the company of leaders who embody and practice these values.  The center is a teaching facility – involved in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife research and wildlife education.

This internship is part of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Councils’ Practicum Accreditation Program; interns will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.

The Paid Intern will provide routine daily care for injured and orphaned native wildlife, until they are ready for release back into the wild, as well as caring for our education animals. The Paid Intern’s duties include preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, feeding animals, answering phones and record keeping.  The Paid Intern will also have the opportunity to assist with medical tasks such as administering medications, physical therapy, assisting with radiographs and surgeries, as well as, perform treatments as ordered by Veterinary staff.  In addition, the Paid Intern will participate in special projects, tours, training, cage building and animal rescues, as well as participating in our education animal programming.  The Paid Intern will be relied upon to provide leadership and training to Volunteers/Interns.


Interns must be able to lift a minimum of 15lbs., bend, stoop, stand for periods of at least 30 minute intervals, walk on variable substrate, work in all climatic conditions, be able to read and follow instructions, communicate clearly, perform simple calculations and have dependable transportation.  Interns will need to supply proof of current tetanus (within last 10 years) and pre-exposure rabies immunization or rabies antibody titer within past 2 years and >1:5, interns who are not rabies vaccinated may have the vaccine provided for them.  This position may not be suitable for individuals who are immune suppressed and/or pregnant. Persons who are hearing, sight, or speech impaired should bring this to the attention of the Supervisor so reasonable accommodations can be made.


Housing provided at the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center; any other housing arrangements would be the financial responsibility of the Paid Intern.


A stipend of $150.00 per week.


Applications will be accepted from Pre-vet, veterinary technician, zoo or aquarium or animal science students.  These students should be graduates within1 year post graduation/certification. 

Applications are due by March 15th.

For consideration complete application packets must include the following:

  • Letter of Intent (cover letter) detailing what you hope to gain from the internship (not to exceed one page)
  • Current Resume (not to exceed one page)
  • College Transcript (copies accepted)
  • Two personal references including name, relationship, phone and email
  • Two faculty letters of recommendation  (one professional can be used in lieu of faculty)

Length of Term:

Internship will begin in mid-May and will be for one year following satisfactory completion of the summer probationary period. The chosen intern must commit to a minimum of 40 hours per week and be available holidays, nights and weekends on a rotating schedule.

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Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Zoo Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015