Internships

Wildwoods is a 501c3 nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization located in Duluth, Minnesota. We assist orphaned and injured animals from northeastern Minnesota while providing information and support to members of the community on responsibly living with wildlife. Wildwoods relies on a team of staff and dedicated interns and volunteers to provide daily care and treatment to the hundreds of animals that are admitted to the facility each year. Examples of the types of animals you will be frequently working with are small orphaned and injured mammals, nestling song birds, ducklings and fawns. You will also be working with a variety of injured wildlife with staff supervision.

Program Summary

Length, shifts and duration of the internship are relatively flexible. However, a minimum of 20 hours/week for at least 6 weeks is required. Weekdays and weekends will be scheduled, keep in mind Wildwoods is open during all holidays. The internship window begins May 16th, 2016 and ends Friday September 16th, 2016. Start and end dates are flexible. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to provide compensation and housing. The animal care interns will be responsible for diet preparation, enclosure set-up and maintenance, and various special projects. They will work directly with the shift supervisor to provide daily care for orphaned and injured wildlife. They will also be working closely with the volunteers and leading by example to help ensure proper handling techniques and care procedures are being followed. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with basic medical procedures with staff supervision such as; intake triage, subcutaneous fluids, and oral medications.

Duties

  • Diet and food preparation.
  • Basic animal husbandry.
  • Maintain accurate and legible care records.
  • Work with and lead volunteers during daily tasks.
  • Monitor animal behavior.
  • Assist with special projects.

Responsibilities

  • Follow policies and procedures.
  • Communicate any schedule changes with the appropriate supervisor.
  • Professionally address any concerns with a staff member.
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude.

Qualifications

  • Be available to work flexible hours, this includes daytime and evening shifts during weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Routinely handle objects weighing over 30 pounds.
  • Proof of tetanus vaccination within last 10 years is required.
  • Proof of rabies titer within last 2 years is required if working with rabies vector species.

*A pre-exposure rabies vaccination is required by law in order to work with raccoons, bats, canids, and mustelids

Click here to fill out the Internship Application

If you have any questions please call us at 218-491-3604 or email volunteer@wildwoodsrehab.org