Opportunity: Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern (Rehabilitation Centre)

Category: Internship

Deadline: February 29, 2024

WILDNorth – Northern Alberta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation  

Position:  Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern @ Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre 

Number of Positions Available: TBD           

Time Period: May – August (Let us know if you have extended availability April – September)  

Hours: 20 – 40 hrs/ week  

Minimum commitment: 4 months  

Location: Parkland County Rehabilitation Centre [Do you want to see where you would be interning? Click here to visit our virtual tour!]

WILDNorth operates out of two facilities. This internship will operate out of the Rehabilitation Centre. Our Rehabilitation Centre is in Parkland County (~5min North of Spruce Grove) and is not accessible by public transit. Our Wildlife Hospital is in Edmonton and is accessible by public transit. There will be the opportunity to cross-train between facilities through the summer.   

WILDNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, have a strong desire to learn and can work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our many patients. 

About Us: 

WILDNorth is a non-partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured, orphaned, and contaminated wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community. We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species. Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% small mammals (squirrels, porcupines, skunks, foxes).     

Duties:   

Working under the supervision of the Director of WILDCare, WILDCare Manager, and appropriately identified staff, interns will:   

  • Prepare species specific diets; set up and take down of captive care enclosures; administer some medical treatments; maintain daily records. 
  • Complete general facility cleaning including laundry, sweeping/mopping floors, washing dishes, disinfecting counters/sinks.    
  • Hand-feed orphaned infant mammals and birds (as frequently as every 15 minutes!) 
  • Complete and track daily feedings. 
  • Clean and enhance enrichment of animal enclosures.    
  • Report maintenance and safety hazards to the staff.   
  • Lift and carry items up to 40 lbs, including garbage and recycling.  
  • Assist with organizational or construction projects. 
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with coworkers, staff, and volunteers.   
  • Additional duties as requested. 

Interns are required to follow all policies, procedures and protocols at WILDNorth to ensure a high standard of animal care. Interns will also interact and work with other facility volunteers, summer students and casual relief staff on a regular basis.   

Conditions:   

All positions are voluntary, no salary is offered. Housing and transportation is not provided.      

Qualifications:     

  • Minimum age of 18   
  • Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina  
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills   
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member   
  • Ability to be motivated, flexible, and patient in a highly demanding work environment   
  • Criminal record check   
  • Must provide references   

Assets:   

  • Experience or coursework in biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry  
  • Rabies vaccination is an asset (Not required!)  

Benefits & Skill Development for the Intern:   

This is an incredible opportunity to learn about natural history in a unique environment whether pursuing experience for a career, or for anyone interested in nature, wildlife, and conservation. 

  • Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research, and proper husbandry techniques   
  • Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, and administering medication  
  • Further your career or educational goals  
  • Orientation and training provided   
  • Learning job skills and teamwork   
  • Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people   
  • Certificate of completion of internship provided    

Application Process:   

  1. Fill in an application form: Application Form Here
  2. Submit application 
  3. Respond to the confirmation email with your resume and references. 

WILDNorth’s staff thanks you for your interest in our volunteer internship program. All applicants will go through an application, screening, and interview process. Successful candidates will then attend an orientation and onsite training. 

My internship with WILDNorth gave me the opportunity to explore my passion in animal care and wellness.” – Kelsey, Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern, 2023

Volunteering as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern at WILDNorth was an enlightening experience that allowed me to gain knowledge and skills in animal care. Over the summer, I witnessed the true resilience of wildlife and had the opportunity to play a role in the recovery of many different animals. Interning at WILDNorth with a dedicated and supportive team allowed me to discover a life-long passion for the care and rehabilitation of wildlife!” – Billie, Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern, 2023

“I have collected a lot of valuable information regarding wildlife rehabilitation during my summer internship at WildNorth. I had the opportunity to practice hands-on learning with various different species which was extremely rewarding for someone like me who is truly passionate about working with animals. The supervisors were not only knowledgeable but also very approachable. They made sure that each and every one of us had the chance to experience all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, starting from caring for the injured and/or sick wildlife all the way to releasing the same patients that we cared for back to the wild where they belong. My favorite memory was seeing a woodpecker receive physiotherapy from multiple dedicated individuals to help him fly like he deserved again. This act symbolized so much care for wildlife and it reminded me why I signed up for the internship at the first place. If you want to support wildlife and make a change in animals’ lives while you spend the best summer in a place filled with like-minded people, you can’t go wrong with interning at WildNorth!” – Aysu, Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern, 2023