wildlife rehabilitation APPRENTICESHIPS



Thank you for your interest in becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentice!

Three 8-Month Positions March through October 2022

The Center for Wildlife Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprenticeship offers practical, experiential learning opportunities in a wildlife rehabilitation clinic for those who already have experience working with wildlife. Some of the skills learned include providing wildlife hotline and admissions assistance, species identification, husbandry and handling techniques, basic medical exams and triage, feeding and fluid therapy techniques, outdoor cage and facilities maintenance,  and monitoring and evaluating patients throughout the rehabilitation process. Apprentices will initially be focusing on orphaned animal care and pre-release patients, with the potential to learn about advanced medical care techniques, diagnostics, and critical patient care as their apprenticeship progresses.


Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentices report directly to licensed medical clinic staff and work closely with the medical clinic team in a more experienced and supervisory role, assisting with managing the center’s clinic volunteers and seasonal Wildlife Care Interns. Training is provided as part of the apprenticeship program through workshops, hands-on experience, and supervisory responsibilities. Those that successfully complete the apprenticeship program will be in a position to pursue obtaining their own wildlife rehabilitation permit.


Qualifications and Experience:


  • Three months minimum experience in a wildlife rehabilitation facility required

  • Associate’s Degree or certificate from a college or university in the fields of Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Veterinary Technology or Pre-Veterinary Medicine preferred

  • Capability to be a patient and professional leader, teacher, and role model for volunteers and interns

  • Willingness to empower volunteers and interns to learn and perform daily tasks, and assist staff in promoting a positive work culture

  • Ability to be proactive in identifying and seeking out additional learning opportunities that will enhance their apprenticeship experience

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Demonstrated reliability and punctuality

  • Availability to work up to 50 hours per week in five shifts, including mornings, evenings and weekends

  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs unassisted

  • Aptitude to multi-task, organize, delegate, and manage others

  • Ability to maintain dignity and self-control in difficult situations

  • Ability to work efficiently and thoroughly under stress


For a complete job description click here.


When ready, you may use the links below to submit your application

online. If you have any questions, please contact our 

WRA Coordinator at apprentice@thecenterforwildlife.org.

The following documents must be filled out completely in order to be considered for a Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprenticeship:

  1. Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentice Application (online submission)

  2. Professional Reference (three references required. online submission; please forward the link to three professional references)