Junior Wildlife Internship - Wildlife Care Association


December 06, 2021 at 3:16 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 Junior Wildlife Internship provides a brief overview of wildlife rehabilitation and the community engagement that is necessary to protect native species. While no direct animal handling is involved, interns will have the opportunity to learn about the nutritional, behavioral, and medical needs that encompass working with wildlife. Interns will also shadow staff and volunteers in how to accept intakes and advise the public on how to cohesively live with local wildlife. Interns will also be expected to complete a project related to enrichment or public education on an animal native to the Sacramento region.

Deadlines and Start Dates:

  • The application deadline is May 15th and applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis from May to June

Intern duties

  • Cleanliness and Maintenance
    • As an intern, you will be responsible for assisting in daily chores around the facilities. 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 formula and solid food for all the avian and mammal species that present at WCA. You may also be asked to monitor food consumption in our indoor enclosures.
  • Public Service and Education
    • Interns will be expected to assist intake specialists in IDing animals and inputting information into our database. Under the guidance of staff, interns will also be expected to do one hotline shift a week where they will learn about native Sacramento wildlife and assist the public in how to humanely deal with them.
  • Educational Project
    • Interns will choose between two project topics–enrichment or outreach.
      • Enrichment Topic: Interns will choose an animal we get at WCA and research their natural history to develop an enrichment that aims to mimic their natural behavior during the rehabilitation process.
      • Outreach Topic: Interns will choose an animal we get at WCA and research their natural history, conservation concerns, or historical human-wildlife conflicts and develop an outreach/educational tool.

Qualifications (Required)

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Commit to a 10-week program, 10 hrs/week
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Be in good physical condition with the ability to lift at least 50lbs; able to bend stoop and crawl
  • Be comfortable in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Must be ok with euthanasia, you will never be performing but you will inevitably be exposed to it

Desired Qualifications

  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Taken at least one biology course