Intern at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Looking for an internship that has a direct impact on Pennsylvania wildlife?

Our Wildlife Center offers Spring, Summer and Fall internship programs!

As an intern you have a unique opportunity to experience first hand what wildlife rehabilitation is all about. As a fully licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Center that treats over 4,200 patients annually, you will get many opportunities to learn everything from basic husbandry techniques, animal identification, basic anatomy, proper handling techniques, administering medications, hand feeding, assisting during procedures, and much more. In addition to the releasable wildlife, there are also 23 Education Ambassadors on the campus.  Interns assist staff with bi-weekly resident weight checks and husbandry.

Wildlife rehabilitation is a relatively new field of study and rehabilitators with many years of experience still constantly discover new treatments through trial and error, by reading current literature, and by communicating with peers throughout the country.

We are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year so there is room for flexibility (hours depend on season). On average we see over 150 different species every year and accept all Native PA Species with the exception of White-Tailed Deer, Bear and venomous snakes. The program is unpaid and housing is NOT provided.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for interns who are willing to learn and continue learning throughout their stay. We find the most successful interns are those who are willing to take the initiative and work hard.

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in college, with a focus on biological or environmental science is preferred.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Desired candidates are mature, reliable and responsible individuals who can work both independently or as a part of a team, and who have the ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations, a demanding workload with long hours and are able to commit to the full duration of this internship.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Prior wildlife rehabilitation is a plus, but is not required, as this internship is a great entry level opportunity.
  • Rabies vaccinations is a plus, but is not a requirement.

What to expect:

Our program is designed to educate students on Wildlife Rehabilitation basics, not to provide training in Veterinary Medicine.  While we have a well-rounded program where interns have the opportunity to observe and assist with examinations, treatments, medication distribution etc., it is heavily focused on animal husbandry, supportive care (such as tube feedings and physical therapies) and general preparation for re-release.

You will be working with wild animals that are easily stressed by any contact with human beings, and which have powerful weapons (talons, beaks, and teeth) to defend themselves. These animals are strong, yet fragile in many ways, so proper training for handling is immediately provided and crucial.

It is part of human nature to feel the need to help soothe an animal by touching and talking to them, but animals in rehabilitation are not pets and do not enjoy our touch or our voices. In fact, any contact with humans is stressful and therefore detrimental to them. In the case of young animals, it may result in them becoming habituated or even imprinted on humans. Some contact with humans is necessary for proper rehabilitation. Every effort is made to limit contact and decrease stress to the patients during daily activities. These guidelines must be followed in order to assist in the successful release of the patients.

While this is a very hands-on experience, no two days are alike at the Wildlife Center.  To ensure that you are getting the most out of your time with us, a small, at-home conducted curriculum is provided. Assignments are due every 2 weeks and cover numerous topics such as Zoonotic Diseases and Enrichment.

  • We are a fully licensed wildlife rehabilitation center that treats over 4,000 animals per year. Our mission is to release healthy animals back into the wild.
  • Internships include learning to give comprehensive physical exams, prescribing treatments, providing daily husbandry and nutrition for various native species.
  • Interns are taught to properly handle wild animals such as hawks, owls, and various mammals.
  • A commitment of 15-20 hours per week is required. The center is open 7 days a week, so scheduling is very flexible.
  • Candidates must have excellent communications skills, basic computer skills, and be able to work alone and in groups.
  • Students in the biological and environmental sciences fields are preferred.

Interested? Apply today!

Submit an application (print here), resume and cover letter to Katie Kefalos kkefalos@humaneanimalrescue.org or by mail:

Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center

Attn: Katie Kefalos

6000 Verona Road

Verona PA 15147

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Fall Internships

STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

  • 15-20 hours per week, 15 week commitment
  • Interviews will be offered as applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis.

Starting date of internship: September 1st – 14th

Ending date of internship: December 4th – 18th

Spring Internships

Application dates: March 1st – April 1st

  • 15-20 hours per week, 15 week commitment
  • Interviews will be offered as applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis.

Starting date of internship: May 1st – 14th

Ending date of internship: August 14th – 28th

Summer Internships

Application dates: March 1st – April 1st

  • 15-20 hours per week, 15 week commitment*
  • Interviews will be offered as applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis.

Starting date of internship: May 1st – 14th

Ending date of internship: August 14th – 28th

*This is our busiest season of the year, and extended hours are sometimes necessary. We are open to the public from 8am-4pm, however staff, interns, and volunteers work in the clinic from 7am-8pm.

 

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