Fellow Mortals is a busy wildlife hospital which admits 2,000 animals into care annually. Up to 500 animals are in care at one time during the peak season. All care is provided at the hospital or on-site from admit to release by licensed wildlife rehabilitators and seasonal interns working under their direct supervision. You can view the hospital at: http://fellowmortals.org/flagallery/facility-tour/
Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship—Entry Level
Description & Details: This is an entry-level internship and will focus on basic wildlife care at a professional wildlife hospital. Three Undergraduate and Two Graduate positions are available.
Entry level Graduate or Undergraduate Wildlife Rehabilitation Interns provide basic care for orphaned songbirds, small mammals and waterfowl, including handling, moving, and hand-feeding and dish-feeding animals; changing bedding; scrubbing kennels and cages; keeping clinic rooms clean and neat; washing dishes; sterilizing syringes; scrubbing pools and habitats; sweeping and mopping; doing laundry; transporting animals for treatment or release; picking up food and supplies; assisting rehabilitators with new patient admissions.
Interns will be taught to follow written protocols; learn to measure and administer formula and oral medications and read syringes; keep animal care and other records; make observations of individual patient progress and behavior.
Interns will maintain a clean, comfortable, low-stress environment for wildlife in all areas of the hospital and facilities by performing assigned duties and tasks as instructed.
After training and assessment of interns’ aptitude and capabilities, interns will be assigned to one of three positions for the period of the internship:
- Orphaned Songbird Caregiver
- Small Mammal Caregiver & Facilities
- Waterfowl Caregiver & Facilities
Interns will not be triaging patients, providing medical care, or be asked to rely on their own knowledge or experience of wildlife or wildlife care.
Successful interns put the animals first; have a compassionate, calm and quiet demeanor and a positive and friendly attitude; are able to receive direction and correction in a mature manner and follow instructions given by the experienced staff; exhibit enthusiasm and interest for learning about any aspect of wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife care; are interested in achieving excellence in all tasks, basic and advanced; and are willing to help staff and other interns wherever required to benefit the wildlife at the hospital.
Graduate Positions—March 15 through April 15.
Undergraduate Positions—May 15 through June 1.
Work Environment: Fellow Mortals is located a few miles outside of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The Hospital and clinic space and associated facilities enclose approximately 10,000 square feet, and include species-specific care rooms, pool habitats, food preparation areas and outside caging, including one of the largest raptor flights used in rehabilitation.
Interns work 5 days per week, with 2 non-consecutive days off. Dress for interns is scrub tops and full-length scrub pants or pants of sturdy material, and closed-toe shoes with backs, i.e. sneakers or boots, no sandals or crocs. A locker is provided for street shoes and personal items for the work day.
Days average 12 hours long and most of the staff and interns will be on their feet most of that time. A half hour dinner break is scheduled and 5-minute breaks can be taken as necessary for personal needs. Cell phones are not allowed to be used by interns while at the hospital except during the half hour dinner break. There is a temperature controlled area where interns can put phones for the day.
Basic Qualifications: Able to lift 50 pounds; stand, walk, kneel, bend; use hands to grip, hold, and perform repetitive motions; work in hot, humid, sunny, cold or windy conditions; complete assigned tasks in an efficient and thorough manner with minimal supervision after training is given; comprehend oral or written instruction; write neatly and legibly.
Requirements: All interns are required to have documented experience in a paid position with a reference associated with that position. Non-familial positions are preferred. All interns are required to provide a minimum of two non-personal references. Prior documented animal care experience in a supervised setting (clinic, shelter) is a plus. All interns are required to be able to perform the duties of the internship.
Undergraduate Intern: Minimum 20 years old; junior in college; current tetanus vaccination; proof of health insurance; valid driver’s license, vehicle and vehicle insurance. Minimum internship 3 months.
Graduate Intern: College degree within 5 years of application; current tetanus vaccination; proof of health insurance; valid driver’s license, vehicle and vehicle insurance. Minimum internship 8 months.
Benefits and Training: Interns work directly under the guidance of experienced wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife care staff at all times. In preparation for and In performance of the internship, interns will learn wildlife rehabilitation basics, including natural history, care protocols, handling and feeding techniques, recognition and alleviation of stressors to captive wildlife, prevention of zoonotic disease transfer; overview of conditions, injuries and diseases affecting wildlife coming into care; techniques and education to prevent unnecessary admit of young wildlife and how to prevent common injuries and conditions; as well as species-specific behavior, nutrition, and enrichment relating to the animals entrusted to their care.
Undergraduate Internship: $200/month stipend (up to $500 excellence bonus at completion)
Graduate Internship: $300/month stipend (up to $1000 excellence bonus at completion)
Qualification for bonus requires completion of agreed upon internship period. Any performance bonus earned during internship will be paid at completion of internship. Details will be provided after acceptance into the program.
Housing: Limited housing off-site is available on a first-come, first-assigned basis.
The Intern housing is dorm-style and includes provided twin bed, storage drawers, kitchen and dining area and shower. Interns share the entire second floor of a house located on a large rural property 15 minutes from the hospital. The property is gated and located on 52 acres, most of which is open to the interns for walking, exploring and wildlife-watching on days off. A coin laundry is available for intern use. A commercial washer and dryer are also located at the intern location.
As consideration for being awarded the additional benefit of housing and paid utilities, interns living on the premises share responsibility for doing animal laundry and are required to follow the housing rules, which include keeping the intern quarters clean and neat and the property free of debris and clutter.
Items to be provided by Intern: Mattress pad and sheets for twin bed, three scrub tops and pants, new shoes purchased for this internship, personal electronics and personal care items and limited other clothing for days off. Space in the intern quarters is limited and you should not bring more items than can be stored in three large drawers and a storage container under the bed. There is a closet for hanging outerwear.
How to Apply:
E-mail the following documents:
Cover Letter addressing your interest in this particular position;
Resumé (work, education & volunteer experience);
Two (2) Professional (not family or personal) references; and
Completed Questionnaire, available at http://fellowmortals.org/internship/internquestionnaire/
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Upon receipt of the information, qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.
Since 1992, interns from all over the world have participated in Fellow Mortals’ internship program. Some have gone on to careers in wildlife rehabilitation, domestic animal care, veterinary medicine, zoo keeping, field biology, exotic animal care, environmental education and advocacy.
“I take every chance I can to praise Fellow Mortals. I can tell you that wildlife care differs with every hospital, but Fellow Mortals is one of those rare places that cares for wildlife the RIGHT way.” Dr. Avery Tomlinson, Veterinarian (Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital Intern, 2003, 2004)