Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship


Start/End Date: 3 consecutive months between April 1 st and September 31 st
Salary: Unpaid
Last Day to Apply: March 1, 2020


Wildlife Care Association (WCA) is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization working to
rescue and rehabilitate local wildlife in the greater Sacramento, CA area. WCA is permitted by
the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rehab and
release wildlife.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship provides hands-on experience at WCA’s facility working
with sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife. Interns primarily work in WCA’s Nursery alongside
WCA staff and volunteers to provide care to young birds and mammals. Interns also will have
scheduled time to work in WCA’s Triage Clinic and learn intake protocols and to provide care to
adult birds and mammals of all ages.

Interns are expected to work a minimum of 200 hours over the course of three consecutive
months. Interns may exceed the minimum hours if they choose to. They also must complete one
project over the course of the internship, and supervise one 2-hour Triage shift and one 8-hour
Nursery shift. This position is unpaid and local housing is not provided by WCA. If the
internship is completed successfully, WCA will provide you with a letter of recommendation and
certificate of completion.


  • Provide medical care to animals, including performing, or assisting WCA staff, with
    medical examinations and preparing and administering medications
  • Prepare food and provide proper husbandry and enrichment to animals in WCA’s care
  • Maintain a clean working environment at the facility, including laundry, washing dishes
    and enclosures, and performing facilities repairs
  • Maintain paperwork and electronic records tracking animal health and improvement
  • Supervise and train WCA volunteers
  • Successfully supervise one 8-hour Nursery shift and one 2-hour Triage shift
  • Complete one project over the course of the internship: implementing a new enrichment
    item for one of the animal species rehabbed at WCA’s facility


  • Have strong interest in and enthusiasm for learning about wildlife, public outreach, and
    providing veterinary care
  • Have at least three months of experience working hands-on with animals in a
    professional setting, either as paid or volunteer experience
  • Be 18 or older
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time and lift at least 40lbs
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Good communication and organization skills and attention to detail
  • Be able to follow verbal or written directions from WCA staff
  • Ability and willingness to work within the guidelines and rules set by WCA
  • Ability to work in groups or independently with little supervision
  • Familiarity with basic computer programs and skills, such as working with Microsoft
    Office programs
  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed an undergraduate degree in Biology, Animal
    Science, or a related field.
  • Completed at least two semesters of Biology courses
  • Prior volunteer experience with WCA


Questions about WCA’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship can be submitted to
nhendrickson@wildlifecareassociation.com. Learn more about WCA by visiting our our Facebook.


To apply, submit a cover letter, with your desired start and end dates, and your resume with at least two references in a single document to nhendrickson@wildlifecareassociation.com or complete the application below.

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