Volunteer Internship Opportunities
We are currently accepting internship applications for Spring/Summer 2015.
Applications are due by February 28th, 2015.
Position:2015 Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Interns
Type: 2- to 6-month volunteer position with potential for limited free on-site accommodations, more (see below)
Organization: Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre
Location: Lively, near Sudbury, Ontario
Application deadline: February 28th, 2015
Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to the care of a wide variety of orphaned, sick and injured wildlife. The centre admits over 750 animals per year and works closely with a team of veterinarians. Wild at Heart is located in a small northern Ontario town, Lively, 15 km west of Sudbury, with access to public transportation. We offer a friendly fast paced learning opportunity in a climate controlled work environment. Facilities include access to a kitchenette, wireless Internet, and limited free on-site accommodations. Food costs are not included.
All intern positions are voluntary and full time. Position duration varies from a minimum of 2 months up to maximum of 6 months, 5 days per week, 40-50 hours per week. Schedule is rotating and includes days, evenings and weekends. Preference will be given to intern applicants dedicated to internships longer than 2 months. Internships for the busy season will run anywhere between April to September.
Animal care Internship: The successful interns will gain valuable practical experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques while caring for a variety of native mammals, birds and reptiles. Duties include animal admissions, diet preparation and feeding, cage cleaning, medication administration, wound management, and other daily care needs of the wildlife patients. No experience is necessary, but commitment to the duration of the internship is required.
Animal Care Leader Internship: Intern leaders are involved in all of the above, with more focus on management of a particular species such as moose calves, squirrels, raccoons or songbirds. Leaders would be responsible for their assigned species, including monitoring health of individuals and assisting in mentoring of other interns and volunteers. Experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques is advisable. The minimum length of the animal care leader internship is 4 months or longer, depending on the species of interest.
* At least 18 years of age
* Commitment to the length of the internship
* Must be reliable, very dedicated, able to multi-task, and commit to work hours according to the needs of the animals.
* Also able to perform repetitive, physically demanding tasks in a fast paced, team oriented environment.
* Criminal background check may be requested.
We provide onsite accommodations, but these are limited and are reserved quickly. There is a kitchen, sitting area, two washrooms as well as shared bedrooms. Please state on your application whether or not you would like to be considered for accommodations.
Please email resume with cover letter explaining why you interested in joining our rehabilitation team (please include start and end dates available and specifiy which position you are applying for) to:
firstname.lastname@example.org* SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE
Spring and summer internship applications are accepted until February 28th, 2015. Applicants will be notified by mid-March whether they are approved.