Become an Intern

INTERNSHIPS

Become an Education and Awareness Intern

The Education and Awareness interns will be assisting the education and awareness manager with the development and presentation of public programs as well as provide care for our resident animal ambassadors. This internship is unpaid with a commitment of at least three days per week (minimum of 5 hours per day) for 12 weeks. The internship is available year-round. All interns will be expected to research, design and present a program of their choosing by the end of the internship period. 

Intern tasks include: 

  • Cleaning tasks such as cleaning enclosures, cages, washing dishes, mopping floors etc. 
  • Assisting with programs including development and leading programs. 
  • Performing enrichment activities for ambassador animals. 
  • Physical Requirements – Able to lift 50 pounds, be outside in all types of weather, standing for long periods of time, walk on uneven terrain.  
  • Ability to follow safety protocols.  
  • Willing to work with a variety of species including invertebrates, reptiles, birds and mammals. 
  • Education – college student or recent graduate, preferably in a biological, teaching or environmental education degree.
  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Availability of one weekend day is required. Programs are occasionally scheduled in the evening, so flexibility in shift times is a must.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to our Education and Awareness Manager at education@fvwc.org.

Become an Animal Handling Intern

Those who wish to learn more about wild animal rehabilitation should consider an internship. In addition to learning basic responsibilities of daily care and operations at the center, interns will work alongside staff to get experience and knowledge about triage and providing medical care.  Interns should be comfortable with:

  • Feeding animals (babies to adults)
  • Daily maintenance that includes cleaning, dishes and laundry
  • Speaking with the public when performing intake administration
  • Working with and handling wild animals (this includes contact with animal urine and feces)
  • Observing, learning about and assisting with cases of severe illness or trauma
  • Physical demands that include long periods of standing, bending, stretching, having quick reflexes

Interns are unpaid and work 10-30 hours per week for 150 hours. Most of our interns work May through August, but we need interns as early as March and as late as October. Prior animal care experience is helpful but not necessary.

To apply, please fill out the application beow and upload your resume and cover letter below. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. We work with any higher education facility to help obtain course credit. The earlier you apply, the better!

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