Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern - Full-time and part-time
Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships are intentisive full-time or part-time positions. Terms are a minimum of three months and maximum of eight months between March 1 and October 31. Full-time interns work an average of 40-50 hours per week on a rotating schedule, which includes days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Part-time interns work an average of 20-25 hours per week.
Job duties include:
– admitting new patients
– preparing formula and food
– formula-feeding animals and providing fresh water and solid foods
– cleaning cages, enclosures and facilities
– calculating and administering medications (under supervision)
– performing diagnostic procedures (under supervision)
– performing fluid therapy and wound management (under supervision)
– monitoring animal health
– maintaining health and feeding records
– releasing animals
– other related duties
More details, qualifications and application instructions can be found at https://www.rideauwildlife.org/get-involved/interns/.
How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
As full- or part-time volunteers, interns receive more in-depth animal husbandry training and advanced skills. Interns receive training to care for all species at the centre. Volunteers also learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, such as wildlife identification, natural behaviours, animal handling, animal health monitoring and environmental enrichment.
Interns also receive advance training in animal handling, nutrition, care of critical patients, diagnostic procedures, fluid therapy, medicine administration, pain and wound management, and releases.
Interns receive an honorarium to help cover incidental expenses. With a common passion for animals and team camaraderie, interns can expect to make long lasting friendships.
How will the organization benefit?
Being a labour intensive operation, RVWS could not fulfill its mission without the help of wildlife rehabilitation interns. As full- or part-time volunteers, interns provide daily continuity to care for hundreds of animals, including critical care patients.
The wildlife centre is 15 minutes southwest of North Gower (about 30 minutes from westend Ottawa). There is no public transit to our facility.
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