Wildlife Care Internship Opportunities at Center for Wildlife- Spring, Summer, and Fall positions now available!
**We are now accepting applications for the following positions for the 2013 season, please note the dates of the internships and deadlines for application:
The Wildlife Care Internship Program at the Center for Wildlife is a non-paid work/learning experience for students interested in wildlife. We hope that our internship can serve as an exciting introduction for students to wildlife career opportunities. Typically, our interns are majoring in one or more of the following areas of study: Biology, Zoology, Marine Biology, Psychobiology, Wildlife Ecology or Management, Environmental Science, or Veterinary Science.
The large number of animals and variety of species admitted to the Center for Wildlife gives our interns the unique opportunity to become familiar with these species' identification, diets, habitats, and conservation needs. Due to the hands-on and sometimes veterinary nature of rehabilitation, interns will also have an opportunity to focus on physiological, behavioral and some pathological aspects of the animals admitted.
Students selected will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of rehabilitation management – from cleaning, feeding, cage habitat and maintenance, assisting the public on the phone or admitting animals, to close observation, treatment, and release of animals. Focusing on hands-on animal care has given our past interns valuable experience in such crucial tasks as diagnosing injuries and illnesses, administering medication, learning how to safely handle wild animals, raising orphaned birds and mammals, and understanding the current challenges our wildlife face.
**New** Wildlife Education Docent Opportunity!!
The Center for Wildlife is currently accepting applications for our newly developed Wildlife Education Docent Program! As the Center continues to grow and reach new audiences, we are experiencing more and more community members interested in our organization. The role of a Wildlife Education Docent is to greet rescuers dropping off animals, provide information about our organization, as well as give interested parties a tour of our educational facilities.
What are some things Wildlife Education Docents do?
We welcome all volunteers over the age of 17! No previous experience in education or wildlife care is necessary, but all docents must complete one 2 hour training session, and commit to one, four hour shift each month for one season (spring-summer) from 9-1pm on Saturdays. We're looking for docents that have an enthusiasm for native wildlife, their habitats, Center for Wildlife, and can represent wildlife rehabilitation and education in a professional manner!
Senior Wildlife Care Internship Opportunities at Center for Wildlife
We have filled all 3 Senior Intern positions for the 2013 season. Thank you for your applications and interest!
The Center for Wildlife Senior Internship offers practical, hands-on experience in a large rehabilitation clinic. Some of the skills learned include species identification, husbandry techniques, wild animal handling, medical exams/triage, administration of medication, managing, supervising, and training other interns and volunteers, and other procedures.
Senior Wildlife Care Interns report directly to staff and work closely with the medical clinic team in a more experienced and supervisory role than junior Wildlife Care Interns. Extensive training and workshops are provided as part of a Senior Intern’s training. A Senior Intern is expected to work 40 hours/ week in 5 shifts. Schedule includes some early, late, and weekend shifts, and will be assigned in advance so that interns have plenty of notice. Vacations are unpaid and must be approved in advance.
For a detailed description of qualifications, stipend amount, and specific duties click here. To apply for this position, please fill out an intern application and note 'Senior Intern' on top. Send the application to our mailing address- P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902.
if you have any questions please email us or call the center at (207) 361-1400
Education & Outreach Fellow Opportunities at Center for Wildlife
We have currently filled our Education & Outreach Fellow position. Please stay tuned for the next opening!
This joint internship with the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program links wildlife education and conservation. The Wildlife Education Interns will have the opportunity to develop and assist with displays, activities, and educational programs that teach the public about wildlife, habitats, and the natural resources within the great Mt. Agamenticus region. Specific duties include caring for wildlife ambassadors, data entry and record-keeping, developing display and hands-on materials, assisting with promotions, and attending programs and events. Additional work will include staffing the new Learning Lodge, greeting visitors as they explore the area, recommending trail routes, and helping to explain current conservation efforts. For more information and an application click here.
Email our Director of Education and Outreach Kristen Lamb with any questions or to apply by email.
Volunteer Wildlife Caretaker Opportunities at Center for
Each year at the Center for Wildlife we admit more and more animals, close to
1,700 last year. With our limited budget we rely heavily on our volunteers and interns and staff shifts according to seasonal patient loads. We couldn't manage the number of
cases and diversity of species we treat without help from our dedicated non-paid staff!
Please be sure that you are ready to make
this commitment before you apply, we are a very busy clinic and the position can be rewarding but certainly demanding!
Volunteers are an integral part of the Center for Wildlife. Each year, the
Center treats close to 1,700 birds, mammals and reptiles. The role of a Wildlife
Care Assistant is to help create a healing environment to maximize the animals'
release potential. Some of the volunteer opportunities are feeding nestling
birds and young mammals, monitoring animals' conditions and preparing foods,
cage cleaning and outdoor cage habitat maintenance, and assisting the public
with questions concerning wildlife. General cleaning and some administrative
tasks may also be included. As one volunteer has said, "The Center gives me a
chance to do something positive, I am able to see the results of all our hard
work. Releasing an animal back to the wild, giving it a second chance, is the
greatest thrill I have ever experienced."
Because of the large number of animals and species that come are admitted at the clinic and the varying species' needs, we have a structured application and
training process that volunteers go through before they are put up on the
schedule by themselves. Training involves many hours of Staff and Volunteer
Trainers' time. We realize this is an investment however, and we are happy to
take the time to train serious volunteers. We are all working towards the common
goal of providing the best care for our patients until release. If you feel you
are ready to make the commitment of 4 hours per week for a minimum of six
months, then please follow the instructions below. We look forward to welcoming
If you would like to learn more about
opportunities at The Center for Wildlife, please contact us.