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Direct Care—Wildlife 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 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) are exposed to the operations of a wildlife center and learn how the center fits into the larger picture of animal protection. Additional learning opportunities include developing an understanding of various animal species, habitats, wildlife issues, and humane coexistence with wildlife.

Each intern provides direct care to sanctuary and rehabilitation animals at the wildlife center, and develops and completes an independent project. (Past project titles include “Pygmy Hippo Training Video,” “Construction and Implementation of Big Cat Enrichment and Conditioning Equipment,” and “Protein development in predator fur as it relates to protein content of prey”.) 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:

  • Feed/water in measured amounts using diet instructions
  • Clean enclosures which may include raking, weeding, sweeping platforms, and climbing ladders up to 8 feet
  • Assist medical staff with care for rehabilitation animals
  • Assist with intakes of new rehabilitation patients from the public and agency rescues
  • Assist with enrichment creation for sanctuary animals
  • Clean and refresh the hippo pool
  • Share in cleaning the intern house once per week

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

  • Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Able to learn and demonstrate Wildlife Rehabilitation methods as outlined by the California Department of Fish and Game Memorandum of Understanding
  • Knowledge of local wildlife and/or animal handling skills highly valued

Internships last from 6 weeks to 6 months, up to 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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