Kapa'au, HI (Big Island)
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship at HWC is meant to provide an introduction to native Hawaiian wildlife rehabilitation and prepare interns for a career in animal care, wildlife, conservation and veterinary medicine. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern is an integral part of the animal care team. The intern will work directly with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager and Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician in the daily care of patients at the Hawaii Wildlife Center. By the completion of the internship interns will be familiar with common native Hawaiian wildlife, husbandry, animal care, rehabilitation goals and techniques.
Duties include meal preparation, feeding of wildlife, assistance with physical therapy and rehabilitation of patients, examinations, medical record entry, cleaning and maintenance of enclosures and aviaries, general hospital cleaning duties, administration of medications with supervision, monitoring of anesthesia, running of blood work and other laboratory tests, assistance with release of patients among other related duties.
The intern will be asked to work on a final project on a topic approved by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager.
Hands on training will be provided and the intern will be given more responsibilities and trust as they learn and feel comfortable with certain tasks. Supervision will always be available and the interns will not be asked to do something out of their comfort zone.
In addition to hands-on learning, didactic teaching will be incorporated to provide the intern a foundation in the sciences, medicine, rehabilitation and the rules, regulations and ethics of the practice of wildlife rehabilitation.
Schedule and Terms Offered:
Duration of 6-12 weeks
3-5 days/week depending on duration of internship
Minimum of 200 hours for completion of internship
Offered year round:
-Winter/Spring Term: January-May
-Summer Term: June-August
-Seabird Fallout Term: September-December
Animal experience and a science background is preferred but not required.
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Willing to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
Lift up to 50lbs
Ability to communicate and interact professionally in a team
Ability to follow directions
Ability to do basic math and convert units of measure.
An interest in learning about wild animals and the care that goes into them
Attention to detail
A strong work ethic
Compassion and respect for animals
Comfort in cleaning animal enclosures
Understanding of the realities of wildlife medicine
This is an unpaid internship and the intern is responsible for their own expenses including housing and transportation.
Please email your Resume/CV and Letter of Intent to email@example.com. Please let us know what term/dates you are interested in applying for.
We accept 2-3 interns per term.
Applications are accepted year round. During Oct-Dec we may be delayed in responding due to the busy fallout season.
Applications for the summer term are competitive and will be reviewed starting January 1st and we would like to have them in by February 15th to give all applicants a fair chance. You may still apply later than this, but spots may or may not be available, feel free to ask us as cancellations do occur.