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Organization: Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation is a home-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2001, which cares for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife until they are healthy enough to be returned to their natural environment. We are a small mammal facility, admitting raccoons, opossums, squirrels, foxes, rabbits, muskrats, skunks, and other native, Massachusetts wildlife.

Internship Description: Interns will gain hands-on experience rehabilitating wildlife and develop an understanding of these animals, which will also enable them to educate the public. Interns will engage in all aspects of animal care, including basic rehabilitation skills, cage cleaning, food preparation, animal handling, and daily cleaning and sanitation of the center. Interns may also assist with educational visits outside of the facility and group visits to the center.

Qualifications: We prefer that interns have an interest in wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation, or a related field, as well as prior animal care experience. Interns will work in a team environment and must have good communication skills with staff, volunteers, and the public. Interns must be mature, honest, enthusiastic to learn, and have a good work ethic. Interns must also be reliable, arriving on time for the shifts, for which they are scheduled. No call, no shows will not be tolerated. Interns are required to adhere to all policies and procedures of Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Duration: Part-time positions are available now through October for our busy "baby season" with morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available. Internship length is flexible, but students must complete the predetermined number of hours set by their college, in order to receive college credit or a letter of recommendation.

Benefits: Due to a lack of funding for rehabilitation, particularly for the species that we admit, internships are unpaid; however, interns will gain valuable experience in wildlife care and public education.


Contact Donna Merwin at donna@urbanwildliferehab.org for more information.