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ZIMS Archival Intern, 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.*

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, has an opportunity for an intern (click to view expanded position description).

Interns will be assisting with an ongoing project to update medical records for wildlife patients using ZIMS, an online database. 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.

Interns learn how to interpret and transcribe medical notes, and gain experience with an online database used by zoologic facilities worldwide. Additional learning opportunities include knowledge of basic animal safety and husbandry, various animal species and habitats, and wildlife issues.

Some specific internship responsibilities include:

  • Perform medical record analysis
  • Update medical records for current and past FFAWC patients using ZIMS
  • Run comprehensive reports and convert them into charts and graphs
  • 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
  • Able to type on a computer for several hours a day
  • Attentive to detail and able to extrapolate comprehensive data from shorthand notes
  • Able to interpret handwriting, read medical terminology and follow medical math
  • 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 6-12 weeks, 12-36 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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