Opportunity: Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern (Wildlife Hospital)

Category: Internship

Deadline: February 29, 2024

WILDNorth – Northern Alberta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation 

Position:  Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern @ Wildlife Hospital 

Number of Positions Available: To be determined           

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

Hours: 20 – 40 hrs/ week 

Minimum commitment: 4 months 

Location: Edmonton Wildlife Hospital [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 operates out of our Wildlife Hospital. 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 work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our patients.   

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 Director of WILDCare, WILDCare Manager, or appropriately identified staff, interns will:  

  • Assist medical team with many aspects of animal care including: prepare species specific diets; set up and take down of captive care enclosures; assist with some medical treatments; assist with daily records 
  • Complete general facility cleaning including laundry, sweeping/ mopping floors, washing dishes, disinfecting counters/ sinks   
  • Hand-feed orphaned mammals and birds (can be as frequent as every 15 minutes) 
  • Complete daily feedings   
  • Clean and enhance enrichment of animal enclosures   
  • Provide specialized waterfowl care  
  • Assist with lab work (i.e. fecal analyses, hematology) as needed 
  • Report maintenance and/or safety hazards to the staff and correct hazards if possible   
  • Lift and carry items up to 40 lbs, including garbage and recycling   
  • Assist with organizational or construction projects, as needed   
  • Assist staff with rescues, supply pick-ups, patient transfers as needed  
  • Maintain high energy levels throughout a long workday   
  • Additional duties as requested 

Interns are required to follow all policy, 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, veterinarians, and casual relief staff.    

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 an asset (Not required!) 

Benefits & Skill Development for the Intern:  

This is an incredible opportunity to learn about animal care and wildlife rehabilitation, whether pursuing passion or experience for a career, especially for aspiring veterinary technologists and veterinarians as an introductory experience to the field, providing an opportunity to explore and practice essential skills for these programs.) 

  • Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research, and proper husbandry techniques  
  • Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work  
  • Further your career or educational goals  
  • Orientation and training provided  
  • Learning job skills and team work  
  • 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. 

 

 

I am so grateful for the opportunity I got to work as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern (Wildlife Hospital) at WILDNorth! Not only is it an amazing organization but the people I got to work with were so incredible as well. I was able to learn so much about wildlife and the rehabilitation process! Through the internship, and continuing to volunteer, I fell in love with wildlife and decided to continue my schooling to become a Registered Veterinary Technologist so I can continue striving for a career in animal care. I really felt like I was able to make a difference in our local wildlife community and it’s an experience that I’ll forever be thankful for!” – Kalyna, Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern, 2022