Wildlife Rehabilitation 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 professional Rehabilitators in the daily care of wildlife patients. Interns gain valuable, practical experience in species identification and natural history, proper husbandry techniques, animal handling, tube-feeding of mammals and birds, medication administration, lab work, and other procedures. Internships are intense, physically demanding, and fast-paced.

Summer internships may have a focus on Avian Wildlife Rehabilitation in our Baby Bird Nursery. Interns will be assigned to this role based on availability and start date. 

Job Duties

  • Hand-feed infant mammals (includes tube feeding)
  • Set up and clean animal enclosures
  • Preparing diets (includes dead prey and/or live insects)
  • Administer daily medications
  • Gavage feeding and fluid administration
  • Laundry, dishes, and general cleaning
  • Working with and providing support for Wildlife Care Assistant volunteers
  • Other tasks as required
  • Avian-specific tasks include hand-feed hatchling and nestling birds and supervising/supporting Bird Nursery Caretaker volunteers in a variety of tasks


Applicants must be current college students, recent graduates, or career changers, possess a strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation, and 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, efficiently, and calmly under stressful conditions and handle multiple responsibilities while precisely following instructions and protocols
  • Work cooperatively with co-workers (volunteers, interns, and staff)
  • Represent PAWS professionally at all times

Learning Opportunities

In addition to the day-to-day skills interns will be learning, PAWS internships include a variety of continuing education classes. These include: 

  • Wildlife Ethics and Scenarios
  • Preventative Care
  • Fracture Stabilization
  • Radiology/Radiographs
  • Feather Imping
  • Wound Care
  • Advanced Skills Courses

Internship Terms

  • Internships are offered in the spring, summer, and fall for Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • For Avian Wildlife Rehabilitation, internships are available May—August (Avian Interns should be able to start by late April or early May)
  • Successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks
  • Interns work 40 hours per week including weekend and holiday work
  • Limited part-time internships are available. Please indicate your preference for full or part time in your application. Please note, part-time internships are not available during the summer season and last longer than 12 weeks in order to cover all applicable information.
  • Interns are unpaid
  • Housing and transportation assistance is not provided

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, however, we do have application deadlines depending on season. Seasonal internship opportunities and application deadlines are listed below:

  • Spring Internships: March-May/June (apply by December 31st of previous year)
  • Summer Internships (Early): May-July/August (apply by March 31st)
  • Summer Internships (Late): June-August/September
  • Fall Internships: August-October

We will begin reviewing applications after these listed deadlines. However, we may consider applications on a rolling basis following the deadlines should spaces still be available.


Email Jennie Baxla, Wildlife Volunteer Program Manager.