Opportunity: Wildlife Education Intern

Category: Internship

Deadline: February 29, 2024

WILDNorth – Northern Alberta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

Position: Wildlife Education Intern

Time Period: May – August

Number of Positions Available: 2

Hours: 20 hours per week

Start date: Beginning of May

WILDNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, have a strong desire to learn, and work well independently and with a team, to assist us in teaching the next generation about the importance of wildlife in the community!

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, fox).

Duties: Working under the supervision of the Education Manager and the Social Media Manager, interns will

  • Deliver pre-determined in-class and / or virtual science presentations to elementary students
  • Research, create, develop, and deliver wildlife and / or environmental education programming for variety of age groups
  • Educate the public through wildlife related content (visuals, social media posts, videos, emails, or articles)
  • Host outreach booths or events (Edmonton Wildlife Festival / WILDRun) and interface with general public (dependent on in person events)
  • Film and photograph wildlife rescues (in the field) and patient care (at the Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre)
  • Assist Education Manager with various duties within the Education Program
  • Assist Social Media Manager with various duties as needed
  • Interns are required to follow all WILDNorth policy, procedures, and protocols

Qualifications and Requirements:

1) Police Information Check including Vulnerable Persons Sector check prior to start date

2) Ability to represent WILDNorth in a positive light while adhering to our organizational vision and mission

3) Must be 18 years of age or older

4) Weekday availability in May & June (during school hours)

Assets:

1) Background in education or biology

2) Experience with children

3) Experience designing and / or delivering educational programming

4) Knowledgeable in science and nature topics (i.e. Wildlife Identification)

5) Project management experience

6) Access to a vehicle strongly recommended

7) First Aid

8) Access to a computer and reliable internet as some presentations and projects may be completed remotely

**Training Provided**

Benefits of Interning:

1) Raise awareness and provide effective public education

2) Resume Building

3) Advocate for wildlife by creating and delivering your own programing

4) Certificate of Internship upon completion

 

Application Process:

1. Fill in an application form: Application Form Here

2. Submit application

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.

“The Wildlife Education Internship at WILDNorth gave me an amazing opportunity to grow. I improved my presentation skills, research skills, and writing skills. I also learned a lot about Albertan wildlife and veterinary medicine. The coolest part about this internship is that you get to see a little bit of everything that WILDNorth does while filming and photographing animal care and rescues. I was also given a lot of freedom to create social media content and presentations on whatever interested me the most, which was daunting at first but turned out to be amazing. Not to mention, I was given an opportunity to see and play a part in helping some really beautiful wildlife!” – Jordan, Wildlife Education Intern 2023

PLEASE NOTE: 

All correspondence must be via email. 

DO NOT CALL OUR HELPLINE (unless you’ve found injured or orphaned wildlife). This is for wildlife calls ONLY.  Please direct any questions to our Volunteer Manager at [email protected] 

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.