As development encroaches on wildlife habitat, PAWS' nationally recognized wildlife rehabilitation center rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned animals and educates people about peaceful co-existence with wildlife. It is our goal to return wild animals back to the wild where they belong. We believe that wild animals are best served by being allowed to live undisturbed in their natural environment. No animals are permanently kept in captivity at PAWS.
Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for wildlife rehabilitation centers, including PAWS. During these months, we often receive 30 to 40 animals per day (between 2,500 - 3,000 wild animals each year). The primary role of a wildlife facility caretaker intern is to help care for these animals, many of whom are orphans. The internship is intense, physically demanding, fast-paced and repetitive, giving interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation.
Interns gain valuable practical experience, while helping PAWS' wildlife patients and working with professional staff and highly trained volunteers. Some of the skills learned include construction, set-up, and maintenance of pre-release conditioning caging, individual species identification and natural history, proper husbandry techniques, animal handling, and various other procedures. Interns will receive daily one-on-one training and are required to attend an orientation and an animal handling class. Interns will also have the opportunity to work on an individual or group project.
Note: Internships are of variable length. PAWS' wildlife volunteer program manager will work with successful applicants to schedule exact dates for the internship.
If you are interested in applying for a PAWS Wildlife Facility Caretaker Internship please complete the online application and mail the following to the address below:
Mail or email to:
Attn: Frances Boyens
Wildlife Volunteer Program Manager
P.O. Box 1037
Lynnwood, WA 98046
For questions about the internship or the application process, please contact Frances Boyens at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 425.787.2500 x818.
Above: Western Grebes in a bird pool at PAWS Wildlife Center