Position: Wildlife Rescue & Frontline Intern at WILDNorth

Number of Positions Available: To be determined

Time Period: May 1 through August 31

Hours: 20 hrs/ week (two 10hr shifts)

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

WILDNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, and have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment.

WILDNorth is a non-partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured and orphaned 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 WILDRescue Manager and the Helpline Manager, interns will assist with the following:

Helpline Operation – Field and log phone calls from, and provide solutions to the public about wildlife concerns. Data entry. Communicate with and dispatch Wildlife Transportation volunteers.

Intake Facilitation – Interface with and receive injured and orphaned wildlife from the public. Gather intake information. Transfer animals to WILDCare staff.

Rescue – Conduct field rescues and transport injured and orphaned wildlife to WILDNorth’s Edmonton Hospital and Parkland County Rehabilitation Centre. Represent WILDNorth off-site in a positive light while adhering to organizational vision and mission and communicate the need for financial support from members of the community.

Release – Scout for potential sites and presence of certain species. Release animals. Monitor the fostered or released wildlife.

Additional duties as requested

Interns are required to follow all WILDNorth policy, procedures and protocols. Interns will also interact and work with other facility volunteers, summer students and casual relief staff.

Skills:

Good 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

Able to endure a physically challenging environment and lift/ carry 40 lbs.

Requirements:

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

Must be 18 years of age or older

Must have a valid driver’s license and provide a driver’s license abstract

Must have current tetanus vaccination

Two (or more) Covid-19 vaccinations

Rabies vaccination is an asset

Must provide a Criminal Record Check

Must provide references

Conditions:

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

Benefits & skill development for the Intern:

Species identification and wildlife capture/handling experience

Wildlife management and conflict resolution experience

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 and onsite training.