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Medical Interns, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center

*Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Interviews usually begin 6-8 months before the desired starting month. While applicants may have an opportunity to fill a last minute vacancy, most positions are filled 3 months in advance.*

Internships are available at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center (FFAWC) in Southern California, which provides year-round medical and rehabilitative care to injured and orphaned wildlife and specializes in native predatory species such as bobcats, coyotes and eagles.

Interns (click to view expanded position description) will gain experience in wildlife rehabilitation with the focus on predatory species, and work with an online database used by zoologic facilities worldwide. Additional learning opportunities include developing an understanding of basic animal safety and husbandry, various animal species and habitats, and wildlife issues. Interns will also complete an independent project. The project will be confirmed with staff (and any applicable academic advisor from the intern's school) within the first two weeks of the internship.

Some specific internship responsibilities include:

  • Assist medical department personnel with animal intake and husbandry
  • Assist with capture and release of avian and/or mammal patients
  • Update medical records for current FFAWC patients using ZIMS
  • Interact with the public either in person or via phone regarding native wildlife concerns
  • Resident interns complete a weekly shift cleaning and tending to the intern residence

Please apply to join us if you meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Strong math, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Knowledge of local wildlife and/or medical terminology helpful

Internships last from 3-6 months, 20-40 hours per week. Please note our facility’s location (Ramona, Calif.) and any travel arrangements you may need to make before applying as an intern. There are NO public transportation options. On-site housing may be available for interns committing to at least 30 hours per week, and will be discussed after receipt of the application. The center will assist on-site interns with their main arrival and departure from San Diego-based public transit and will provide opportunities to travel into town with staff for weekly supply shopping. International interns are solely responsible for obtaining any required visas.

Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. We recommend all interns have a current tetanus inoculation.

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Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter, résumé, at least two letters of recommendation, copies of any academic requirements, and the signed Essential Capabilities document with the application. Please be sure to specify in your cover letter the time frame for which you are applying.

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