Wildlife Release Internship

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.

Interns assist and support the Wildlife Naturalist who manages the Wildlife Release Program in ensuring all animals are released in a timely and safe manner according to species natural history and permit requirements. Interns gain valuable, practical experience in species identification and natural history, proper husbandry techniques, animal handling, and release strategies. Internships are intense, physically demanding and fast-paced.

Job Duties

  • Research, identify and assess potential wildlife release sites
  • Safely handle, restrain and contain animals for release in accordance with release guidelines
  • Assist the Wildlife Release Manager in wildlife releases
  • Ensure all wildlife photographs are labeled, organized and properly saved
  • Other tasks as required


Applicants must be current college students, recent graduates or career changers, possess a strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation, animal handling skills and a basic understanding of wildlife natural history. Applicants must be able to:

  • Read, write and speak English fluently
  • Work independently and as a part of a team
  • Perform tedious tasks for long periods of time
  • Do rigorous outdoor work in all types of weather
  • Perform physically demanding tasks and lift up to 40lbs
  • Work quickly and efficiently while precisely following instructions and protocols
  • Proficiency in the use of DSLR and point-and-shoot digital cameras preferred

Internship Terms

  • Successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks
  • Interns work 20-40 hours per week including weekend and holiday work
  • Interns are UNPAID
  • Housing and transportation assistance is NOT provided

*Limited part-time internships are available. Please indicate your preference for full or part time in your application.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying for an internship at the PAWS Wildlife Center, please see the Application Process

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Typically, our internships are available seasonally as follows:

  • Summer Internships: May–August
  • Fall Internships: September–December
  • Winter Internships: January–March
  • Spring Internships: March–May

We will begin reviewing applications after the listed deadline. However, we will still consider applications on a rolling basis following the deadline when spaces are available.


E-mail Rachel Costello, Wildlife Volunteer Program Manager.