• Be involved in all aspects of wildlife care from admission to release. This involves substantial animal husbandry responsibilities, limited basic medical work, administrative duties (record keeping and telephone work), and fieldwork involving rescues, releases and transportation of animals. Day-to-day responsibilities include feeding, cleaning enclosures, monitoring behavior and enrichment activities, dealing with the public.
  • Work a five-day work week, with attempt for two consecutive days off (if desired/needed)
  • Work minimum twelve-hour days (8am-8pm) depending on patient load
  • Rehabilitation techniques will be taught appropriate to the intern’s qualifications
  • Medical work includes tube feeding, fluid administration, medicating, bandaging, lab work and record keeping, and even the potential for research projects by qualified interns.
  • Gain intensive, hands-on training and experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation, focusing on animal nutrition, husbandry, feeding techniques, capture and restraint methods, release criteria, captive animal behaviors, and natural history;
  • Participate in presenting wildlife education programs to public.
  • Learn from people with decades of professional wildlife rehab experience in all species of native Wisconsin wildlife.
  • Quickly learn that animal care-taking is difficult, though rewarding work. Interns often say that this work is both the most challenging and most rewarding position they have ever had!

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Qualifications:
(This position may not be suitable for an individual with an autoimmune disorder or who may be pregnant)

  • Minimum one year college required, two year preferred, with course work in wildlife, biology, animal science, ecology, ornithology, mammalogy, pre-vet or similar
  • Current on tetanus vaccine
  • Have valid driver’s license
  • Capable of rigorous outdoor work and physically traversing uneven terrain in all types of outdoor conditions
  • Ability to lift a minimum of fifty lbs
  • Ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations
  • Ability to handle a demanding workload and long hours
  • Ability to work independently or as a team
  • Possess a strong personal work ethic and a high level of integrity
  • Ability to organize, set goals, and meet deadlines; attention to detail
  • Professional appearance and demeanor; ability to interact and communicate with the public, law enforcement, veterinarians and others
  • Demonstrated ability to handle diverse, competing tasks independently, efficiently, and accurately; flexibility is a must
  • Must be able to handle emotional aspects of euthanasia
  • Sense of humor a plus!

$75/wk Stipend will be awarded. Shared housing with laundry facilities is provided on-site.

Organization Details

Wild Instincts 4621 Apperson Dr Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501 Website

How to Apply

Please e-mail internship@wildinstinctsrehab.com

Follow the detailed instructions you receive carefully.

In the past we have allowed suitable applicants to complete consecutive sessions (spring through fall for a mega-session).

Wildlife rehab is a highly competitive field and we receive many applications. We set a calendar date by which to apply by since some websites require a hard date deadline however we fill our vacancies as we go. We accept applications until positions are filled.

Application Deadline: March 3, 2019

Contact:

Sharon Larson sharon@wildinstinctsrehab.com