Spring Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Internship
*Interns are provided with a $100 dollar weekly food stipend and onsite housing with internet is provided at no cost to interns. We also are willing to work with educational institutions to provide academic credit*
Northwoods Wildlife Center, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education center is currently
seeking 8 interns for our 2023 season. Interns dedicate their time to working hands-on with injured and orphaned wildlife native to Northern Wisconsin, and educating the public through guided Center tours and presenting educational programming, while supporting the daily operations of a non-profit organization.
Job Description: Interns are involved in all phases of wildlife rehabilitation, including emergency care, daily feeding and cleaning, medical procedures, on-call services, rescues, transports, releases, enclosure and facility maintenance, and administrative support. This includes care of non-releasable ambassador animals kept at the Center for educational purposes. Interns work closely with Center visitors through daily guided tours and our wildlife assistance phone-line, and may assist in educational programs given at area schools, camps, and other community events. Interns may also help in the development of future educational opportunities for the public, assist with producing content for our social media and podcast, as well as aid Center staff on training of permanent animal ambassadors.
Housing is provided for Northwoods Wildlife Center interns – all interns will live on-site and share on-call duties for the duration of the internship. Interns share a living space, and so must be comfortable living in a co-ed, dorm style housing arrangement. Interns will have at least one roommate, and must be willing to share a room with another intern or interns who share the same gender identity. $100 weekly food stipend is also provided. Interns should have their own transportation, but a vehicle is provided for all Center business.
Spring Start Dates: Flexible from April 9, 2023-May 7, 2023. Spring interns commit to a minimum of six weeks from their start date, with the opportunity to extend into the summer session.
- Strong interest in wildlife and the environment and a desire to increase public awareness through education. Students in Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Pre-Vet, Environmental Education, and related fields encouraged to apply. Applicants from other fields with a demonstrated interested in wildlife or environmental science will also be considered.
- At least one year of college experience required
- Must be up to date on tetanus shot
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccine required, additional booster shot strongly preferred
- Rabies vaccinations, although preferable, are not required
- Willingness to dedicate entire season to internship. Specific time off is not guaranteed
- Must be able to reliably work long days (frequently between 10 and 12 hours with meal breaks) in all weather. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Internship duties include frequent and prolonged use of body mechanics such as bending, crouching, twisting, lifting, stooping, crawling, standing and walking.
- Hardworking with positive outlook and a sense of humor
- Strong interpersonal skills, and able to work well independently and in a group
- Ability to follow directions, both written and verbal, confident asking for clarification when needed
- Can communicate calmly and clearly with others in all situations,
- Flexible and able to adapt in a fast paced, dynamic work environment
- A desire to challenge yourself; take a solution-based approach to problems
- Strong organizational and prioritization skills, with the ability to quickly reprioritize as needed
- Self-motivated, with the ability to complete assigned tasks with little or no supervision
- Mature, calm, and resilient demeanor and able to stay composed in stressful situations
To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume and both phone and email contact information for three professional references to the email address below. In the subject line, indicate which session you are applying for.
Northwoods Wildlife Center
Subject line: Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Internship [SESSION INDICATION] 2023