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 Triage Internship provides hands-on experience rehabilitating Sacramento’s native species in a high-volume facility. Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers to complete tasks related to animal husbandry, wildlife medicine, and animal handling. Interns will work with a wide variety of animals and learn about the nutritional, behavioral, medical needs that encompass working with wildlife in a rehabilitation setting. While this program is intended for experienced volunteers, those with prior wildlife or animal-related experience are encouraged to apply (please refer to qualifications below).
Deadlines and Start Date
- Session: April 11th- August 14th
- The application deadline is May 1st
- 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, sweeping, mopping, laundry, and dishes. Interns are responsible for keeping their work environment clean.
- Routine Animal Care
- Interns will assist in making and distributing formula and solid food for all the avian, mammal, and reptile species that present at WCA. Interns will also be responsible for cleaning and maintaining enclosures including baskets, wall cages, and outdoor pre-release caging.
- Medical Care Assistance
- Interns will work along with staff to assist with intake exams, stabilizing patients, preparing and administering medications, performing microscope work, and learning basic wound care. You will also be responsible for keeping accurate animals records for weight management, behavioral abnormalities, and medication histories.
- Animal Handling
- Interns will learn how to handle various animals including raptors, mammals, and songbirds. Interns will have the opportunity to learn how to hand feed, force feed, and gavage all species that come through the facility, as necessary.
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Commit to an 18-week program, 16hrs/week
- Be willing to work one evening and one weekend shift per week for the duration of their internship session
- 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 it but you will inevitably be exposed to it
- Either a previous Avian Husbandry Intern, Advanced Nursery Volunteer, or prior Triage Assistant
- If you do not have prior experience in any of the roles above, you must have at least 24 volunteer hours with us, basic experience with avian/mammal restraint, and an understanding of basic bird feeding techniques.
- Taken at least one biology course
- Interested in an animal-related career (ex: Veterinary Medicine, Zoology, Biology, Ecology, etc.)