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wildlife rehabilitation APPRENTICESHIPS


8-Month Position March through October 2024

Center for Wildlife’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprenticeship offers practical, experiential learning opportunities in a wildlife rehabilitation clinic for those who have previous 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, managing mammal and bird nurseries, 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

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

  • Ability 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 the 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. Apprentices living on site may be required to work split shifts.

  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs unassisted

  • Ability to multitask, organize, delegate, and manage others

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

  • Ability to work efficiently and thoroughly under stress


Compensation: $200 stipend per week. Onsite housing is available. 


For a complete job description, click here.


For questions about the position or to apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to  

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