Avian Husbandry Internship - Wildlife Care Association


December 06, 2021 at 2:45 pm by Wildlife Care Association

Wildlife Care Association, Inc. is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of local wildlife. WCA is committed to educating and instructing the community in the respect, appreciation, and care of local wildlife. WCA is pledged to the management and preservation of wildlife habitats.

The Avian Husbandry Internship provides hands-on experience rehabilitating Sacramento’s wild avian species in our seasonal nursery. Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers to complete tasks related to avian husbandry. They will learn the necessary care and handling of hatchlings to adults. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn about the nutritional, behavioral, medical needs that encompass working with wild birds in a rehabilitation setting.

Deadlines and Start Dates

  • Session 1: April 11th- August 7th
    • The application deadline is April 10th
  • Session 2: May 16th- September 11th
    • The application deadline is May 1st

Intern duties

  • Cleanliness and Maintenance
    • As an intern, you will be responsible for assisting in daily chores around the facility. This includes, but is not limited to, cleaning and preparing enclosures for current patients, sweeping, mopping, laundry, and dishes. Interns are responsible for keeping their work environment clean.
  • Diet Preparation
    • Interns will assist in making and distributing formula and solid food for all the avian patients at the WCA. Interns will also be responsible for making enrichment for each avian enclosure.
  • Medical Care Assistance
    • Interns will work alongside staff to assist in preparing and administering medications, performing microscope work, and learning basic wound care.
  • Avian Handling and Observations
    • Interns will learn to hand feed, force feed, and gavage all avian species that come through the facility. Interns will also be responsible for keeping accurate records for weight management, behavioral abnormalities, and medication histories. Interns will learn various avian handling techniques.

Qualifications (Required)

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Commit to a 17-week program, 16hrs/week
  • Be willing to work one evening and one weekend shift per week for the duration of their internship session
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Be in good physical condition with the ability to lift at least 50 lbs; able to bend, stoop, and crawl
  • Be comfortable in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Must be okay with euthanasia, you will never be performing it but you will inevitably be exposed to it

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous animal handling experience
  • Taken at least one biology course
  • Interested in an animal-related career (ex: Veterinary Medicine, Zoology, Biology, Ecology, etc.)