Applications are now being accepted for the opportunity of Animal Care Intern at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation’s Roger and Phyllis Sherman Animal Care Complex located in San Antonio, Texas. Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation is a non-profit organization who rescues and rehabilitates approximately 7,000 animals every year.
This internship opportunity is unpaid and no housing or benefits are provided. This opportunity is a great starting point for individuals who have an excellent educational background but lack substantial experience working with animals and who are interested in pursuing a career in animal care or wildlife rehabilitation.
The internship involves work with a variety of native Texas wildlife as well as some companion animals. Intern duties include feeding, cleaning, daily observation and monitoring of squirrels, songbirds and other species as necessary. Other responsibilities include both hand written and computer database record keeping, answering rescue hotline phone calls, performing animal rescues and releases, transporting native wildlife between San Antonio location and sanctuary located in Kendalia, Texas. This internship involves substantial physical labor and applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to work in a variety of conditions with variable hours. Animal Care Interns are also required to complete an educational project during their 120-hour commitment. Rabies pre-exposure vaccinations are strongly recommended. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are also necessary.
This internship opportunity provides the intern with basic knowledge of native Texas wildlife including natural history, behavior, and environmental enrichment, as well as the opportunity to gain valuable experience in basic animal husbandry, species specific habitat needs and species identification skills. This internship also provides a great foundation for those applicants who are looking to further their experience in the field and potentially applying to the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Apprenticeship Program.
Desired candidates are mature, reliable and responsible individuals who can work both independently or as a part of a team, and who have the ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations, a demanding workload with long hours and are able to commit to the full-term of this internship. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants should possess a strong, personal work ethic, a high level of integrity and great customer service skills. Prior wildlife rehabilitation is a plus, but is not required, as this internship is a great entry level opportunity.
Sherman Animal Care Complex Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 120 hours to be completed over 3 months, which requires 10 hours per week over a 12 week/ month period. Spring Internship dates are March 15, 2016 – May 14, 2016. Summer Internship dates are May 17, 2016 – August 13, 2016.
Sherman Animal Care Complex Animal Care Intern Goal: To acquire basic knowledge of native Texas wildlife, their natural history, enrichment, dietary and habitat needs while gaining entry-level, hands-on experience in the wildlife rehabilitation field in preparation for continuing education and an eventual career in the wildlife rehabilitation field as well gaining a deeper respect for wildlife and the environment.