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Wildlife Care Internship

Organization: West Sound Wildlife Shelter
Date Posted: 1/8/2020
Date Needed: 4/1/2020
City: Bainbridge Island
Location: Washington
Country: United States
Primary Category: Internship
Type of Position: Unpaid Internship
Education Requirement: High School / GED
Experience Requirement: < 1 year

Description & Details

The West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) is a wildlife hospital, rehabilitation and education facility and serves as the primary rehabilitation center for Kitsap County, and other counties in the western Puget Sound region. We rehabilitate injured, sick and orphaned wildlife, giving them a second chance at life. We strive to follow best practices when it comes to care for our patients and our education animals.

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. While West Sound Wildlife Shelter is committed to both rehabilitation and education, interns will not be working directly with our permanent resident education animals.

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 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 high school or 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 reliable 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**

How to Apply / Contact

To Apply for this internship please fill out our online application at See the application for details on where to send cover letter, resume, and transcripts. Candidates must complete all application instructions to be considered for an internship position.