American Heritage Wildlife Foundation wildlife internship general information
Intern Duties and Anticipated Tasks List
Key responsibilities: Wildlife caregiving - including but not limited to providing appropriate nutrition and medical attention for injured or orphaned wildlife. Ensuring the enclosures the animals are being kept in are clean and secure. Assisting the public by responding at all times in a professional and knowledgeable way. Working with volunteers, in a friendly manner, to ensure safety and enjoyment as well as task completion.
Primary risks: working alone and unsupervised, providing care for species that may be carriers of potentially zoonotic diseases.
Qualifications: must be over 18 years of age, preferred but not required a degree in wildlife, and experience working with wildlife in a rehabilitation facility. Vaccinations such as tetanus or rabies are a choice of personal preference and not required.
Time Commitment: the internship shall last no longer than 16 weeks. Every effort shall be made to ensure a stable schedule however the nature of wild animal care is ever changing. It shall be known that some species require feeding every 15 minutes for 16 hours each day seven days each week, other species require round the clock care. Volunteers may be contacted to assist with the work load but the primary care shall be provided by the intern.
Training/support provided: Training shall be provided by the lead wildlife volunteer. Training topics will cover wildlife feeding, cleaning, restraint, confinement, and personal safety. Reference manuals will be readily available for use as needed. Office procedures and telephone protocols shall be detailed. Social Media and Outreach programs will be discussed.
Reporting relationship: daily care of wildlife shall be documented on the daily reports. Any other activities shall be reported to the founder Kathleen St. Clair—McGee.
Benefits: The intern stipend shall be limited to $50 per week with a maximum duration of 16 weeks. Fuel reimbursement, for completing AHWF services, at a rate of 25 cents per mile, shall be provided once the mileage reimbursement form is submitted and board of director approval. A self contained RV shall be provided for living arrangements.
Intern physical and mental requirements
A preferred candidate has some type of degree in animal sciences. Knowledge of or interest in learning biology, physiology, and behaviors of native wildlife.
Hands on work in a wild animal facility is preferred but domestic animal husbandry may provide beneficial points of reference. Knowledge of or interest in learning wildlife restraint techniques. Experience with diet preparations is a plus.
Must be cognizant of time and able to maintain strict schedule. Must have knowledge and skills with educating general public. Must be patient, courteous, and remain calm in stressful situations. Possess a helpful and friendly spirit. Ability to work independently is a plus. Should have the ability or able to learn to answer phones and correspond to emails in a professional manner as well as document status of this nonprofit on various social media platforms.
Equipment to be used:
shovel, rake, disinfectants & cleaning supplies, microscope, syringes, feeding tubes, nets, live-traps, latex (or hypoallergenic) gloves, telephone, computer, printer, power point projector
Occasionally lifting 50 pounds. Sitting or standing for potentially long periods of time. Must be able to bend over repetitively. Must have full range of motion in shoulders and arms and ability to reach over head. Should be stable footed. Ability to drive a car in an urban setting. Ability to manipulate small items. Sufficient vision to see ectoparasites on birds and bacteria under microscope as well as recognize wildlife species from distance of up to 30 feet.
Must be able to do mathematic calculations. Must have the ability to keep mental focus despite long hours. Emotionally stable and able to accept death of wildlife patients. Acceptance of working with bodily fluids of wildlife patients. Must have ability to observe wild behaviors and retain that information until able to document on the daily reports. Must have high level of reading comprehension.
Early morning and/or late night working conditions are required as needed. Occasionally round the clock care also. Both inside and outside work environment regardless of temperature or precipitation. Conditions may be dusty or have strong odors.
This does not constitute the entire work detail. Every attempt to make the tasks safe and enjoyable will be made by the AHWF lead volunteer wildlife caregiver & founder. If improvements are noted they should be brought to the attention of the board of directors.
Application is found online at our webpage. www.ahwf.org