Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern – (NW FL)

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge
3051 Clopton’s Circle, Navarre FL 32566
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The ECWR is a non-profit licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility located in the Florida panhandle. Our internship program is designed for individuals pursuing studies in wildlife management, biology, pre-veterinary studies, zoology, and captive animal management. Interns will be trained to provide daily care for orphaned and injured wildlife, including handling, feeding, and cleaning. Once these basic duties are mastered, the internship will offer the following opportunities: • Work directly with Wildlife Rehabilitators at the rehabilitation facility. • Neonate care – includes after hours care at home. • Proficiency at dietary and nutritional requirements for a variety of species. • Design, construction, and maintenance of all indoor and outdoor exhibits. • Captive animal management and husbandry techniques. • Learn current rehabilitation practices. • Rescue injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife. • Education programs with and enrichment projects for animal ambassadors. • Plan and complete a project with a relative topic. • Perform initial exams and assessments of injured native wildlife such as raptors, songbirds, shorebirds, raccoons, foxes, squirrels, beavers, turtles, deer, and opossum. • Learn to calculate medicine dosages, administer fluids, give injections, bandage techniques, etc. • Marine mammal and sea turtle strandings/necropsies, as needed. The internship duration is 5 days/week for a minimum of 15 weeks (can be longer if desired) and interns will be scheduled to meet the needs of ECWR. The Refuge is open 8am-4pm, but staff and interns work until all tasks are finished for the day, which can lead to extended hours. As ECWR is a non-profit organization, the internship is unpaid and housing is not provided. The experience gained from the immersion into the world of wildlife rehabilitation and animal husbandry is extremely beneficial to people who are contemplating careers in the veterinary, captive animal management, or wildlife rehabilitation fields. *Start and end dates are flexible, despite what the posting says.*
Qualifications: • Enrolled in college or a recent college graduate with a related degree. • Lift, push, or pull 30 pounds. • Stand, walk, kneel, bend, etc. for extended periods of time. • Work outdoors in all weather conditions, especially high heat. • Complete assigned tasks efficiently and thoroughly with minimal supervision after training is provided.
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