The hospital: Fellow Mortals is a dedicated professional wildlife hospital established in 1985; our internship program commenced in 1992. All care is provided on site. The facility consists of 7,000 square feet of hospital and clinic space, with additional pool habitats, outdoor caging, and some of the largest raptor flights in the nation. All care is provided by five licensed wildlife rehabilitators working in partnership with veterinarians who perform necessary surgeries. The influx of orphans during the summer provides an opportunity for exceptional interns to gain valuable hands-on experience and training while working alongside professional staff. Fellow Mortals admits 2000 animals annually and works with all species of wild birds and non-predatory mammals. We helped to pioneer the use of non-releasable wild birds as conspecific fosters and specialize in nighthawks and swifts, beaver and fawn.
Description of Position: Interns work five days a week with two non-consecutive days off. Interns must be able to work any day of the week, though schedules are generally set once the internship is established. Hours are long and interns should anticipate days of 12 hours or more. Interns provide wildlife care under the supervision of staff, including feeding and care of wildlife, cleaning enclosures and habitats, structure maintenance, record keeping, interacting with the public, transport and release of wildlife, and other necessary tasks.
Training Opportunity: Interns are provided with tools to help them succeed in the tasks assigned, including daily schedules, written protocols, and supervision by and access to staff, while being provided with learning modules that build knowledge and augment hands-on experience, including sections on natural history, disease, handling techniques, release criteria, conspecific fostering, etc.
Benefits: Undergraduate interns receive a $300 per month stipend, prorated by start and end dates. In addition to the stipend, accepted interns are provided $100 toward scrub tops and pants. During the internship, interns have the ability to earn gift cards for extra hours and are often treated to coffee, meals or treats. It is our desire that interns coming to Fellow Mortals enjoy their experience in every way.
Excellence Bonus: Exceptional interns have the opportunity to earn a bonus of $100 or more for each month of the internship. Any performance bonus earned during internship will be paid at completion of internship. Details provided after acceptance into the program.
Housing: Interns with a commute of 60 minutes or more may apply for housing in the intern dorm at a cost of $300 per month. Housing is located 15 minutes from the hospital and includes shared sleeping area and separate kitchen, dining and bathroom. A full or partial offset to the housing cost may be considered for interns willing to help with laundry.
If housing is requested and granted, the applicant is required to live in the housing. If interested, include your request in your cover letter.
Qualifications: Three (3) month minimum.
Start dates: March 1 to May 1 2019
Sophomore to senior college student with documented interest in wildlife conservation, animal behavior, or the environment. Students majoring outside a wildlife field will be considered. Interns must be physically capable and healthy, able to stand for long periods of time, lift feed bags and other heavy objects on occasion, kneel, bend, grip and hold, perform repetitive motions in connection with feeding or cleaning, and tolerate high temperatures for short period of time when working outdoors on hot days. Qualified applicants will have a compassionate, calm and friendly demeanor; receive and respond to direction and correction in a mature manner; and follow directions to complete tasks efficiently and thoroughly with minimal supervision. Interns must speak and write English and be capable of comprehending oral and written instruction. Interns who exhibit enthusiasm and interest for learning will benefit and achieve the most from this opportunity.
Requirements: Private health insurance, current tetanus vaccination, valid driver’s license and private transportation. Documented experience in a paid position (not necessarily animal related) with a written reference associated with that position. Non-familial positions are preferred. Prior documented animal care experience in a supervised setting (clinic, shelter) is a plus. All interns are required to be able to perform the duties of the internship.
Learn more about Fellow Mortals: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/fellow-mortals-inc
Email the following to Yvonne Wallace Blane, Director of Rehabilitation
Cover Letter addressing your interest in the position
Resumé (work, education & volunteer experience)
Two (2) Professional (not family or personal) references
Applicants invited to continue the process will be provided with a supplemental questionnaire.