Position: Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern at WILDNorth

Number of Positions Available: To be determined

Time Period: May – August (Let us know if you have longer availability April – September)

Hours: 20 – 40 hrs/ week

Minimum commitment: 4 months

Location: Rehabilitation Centre and Wildlife Hospital

WILDNorth operates out of two facilities. Our Rehabilitation Centre is in Parkland County (North of Spruce Grove) and is not accessible by public transit. Our Wildlife Hospital is in Edmonton, and is accessible by public transit. You will need to specify which location you’d prefer to intern from in your application form. If you have no preference, please indicate that to us.

Deadline: April 1, 2022, applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

WILDNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our patients.

WILDNorth is a non-partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured, orphaned, and contaminated wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community. We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species. Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% small mammals (squirrels, porcupines, fox).

Duties:

Working under the supervision of the WILDCare Manager or appropriately identified staff, interns will:

Assist medical team with many aspects of animal care including: preparing species specific diets; set up and take down of captive care enclosures; assist with some medical treatments; assist with maintaining daily records

Hand-feed orphaned mammals and birds (can be as frequent as every 15 minutes)

Complete daily feedings

Clean and enhance enrichment of animal enclosures

Provide specialized waterfowl care

Complete general facility cleaning including laundry, sweeping/ mopping floors, washing dishes, disinfecting counters/ sinks

Report maintenance and/ or safety hazards to the staff and correct hazards if possible

Lift and carry items up to 40 lbs, including garbage and recycling

Assist with organizational or construction projects, as needed

Assist staff with rescues, supply pick-ups, patient transfers as needed

Maintain high energy levels throughout a long workday

Additional duties as requested

Interns are required to follow all policy, procedures and protocols at WILDNorth to ensure a high standard of animal care. Interns will also interact and work with other facility volunteers, summer students, and casual relief staff.

Conditions:

All positions are voluntary, NO salary is offered. Housing and transportation is not provided.

Qualifications:

Minimum age of 18

Experience or coursework in biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry

Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina

Two (or more) Covid-19 vaccinations

Rabies vaccination an asset

Effective communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to work independently and as a team member

Ability to be motivated, flexible, and patient in a highly demanding work environment

Criminal record check

Must provide references

Benefits & Skill Development for the Intern:

Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research, and proper husbandry techniques

Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work

Further your career or educational goals

Orientation and training provided

Learning job skills and team work

Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people

Certificate of completion of internship provided

Application Process:

1. Fill in an application form at https://wildnorth.ca/who-we-are/current-opportunities/

2. Submit application

3. Respond to the confirmation email with your resume and references.

WILDNorth’s staff thanks you for your interest in our volunteer internship program. All applicants will go through an application, screening, and interview process. Successful candidates will then attend an orientation, in class training, and onsite training.

Skills needed of a volunteer:

Minimum age of 18 Experience or coursework in biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina Two (or more) Covid-19 vaccinations Rabies vaccination an asset Effective communication and interpersonal skills Ability to work independently and as a team member Ability to be motivated, flexible, and patient in a highly demanding work environment Criminal record check Must provide references

Please explain how a volunteer will develop their skills by accepting this volunteer opportunity:

Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research, and proper husbandry techniques

Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work

Further your career or educational goals

Orientation and training provided

Learning job skills and team work

Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people

Certificate of completion of internship provided