Animal Husbandry Fellowships

Job Title: Animal Husbandry Fellowship
Reports to: Animal Care Manager
Supervises: None

Classification: Paid Fellowship
Salary: Stipend of $250/week or $175/week with rental-free housing on WildCare's Property (only 5 spaces for fellows)
Effective Date: 1/28/20
Applications due: 2/28/20 or until all fellowships are filled

Term: Animal Husbandry Fellowships vary from 10 weeks to 9 months with flexible start dates from February with most starting in May or June.

WildCare provides people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back to nature. WildCare, the largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma and one of the largest in the U.S., is currently offering full-time, seasonal paid fellowships for the 2020 season. Fellows have responsibilities in all aspects of care for over 6,500 of Oklahoma’s injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife. Over 100 species are brought to WildCare annually.

Job Purpose:

WildCare is seeking animal husbandry fellows to learn about and provide daily care to injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife. This is a paid, full-time seasonal position with an established, high-volume wildlife rehabilitation center. You will receive hands-on experience, guided by trained staff, in rearing native songbirds, mammals, raptors, and reptiles.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide all daily rehabilitative care for wildlife patients in assigned care areas, including feeding and cleaning, treatment, and monitoring patients’ progress.
  • Carry out maintenance projects at the facility and other projects assigned by Animal Care Managers.
  • Learn and implement patient protocols by species.
  • Observe animals’ condition and behavior and report to Animal Care Managers.
  • Perform patient admissions and intake exams as needed.
  • Carry out assigned releases.
  • Assist with animal admissions and patient record entries.
  • Learn wildlife conflict resolution techniques to share with members of the public that call WildCare for advice and guidance.
  • Update Community Liaison regarding patient updates for social media including taking photographs and video.
As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to rotate through nursery areas based on need, previous experience, and personal interest.


  • Responsible, trustworthy, and motivated multi-tasker.
  • Must have a positive attitude and not be easily overwhelmed.
  • Must be willing to learn and grow.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Life Sciences, or related field preferred.
  • Wildlife rehabilitation or other animal care experience preferred.
  • Rabies pre-exposure recommended but not required for work with most species.
  • Reliable personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required.

General Competencies:

  • Attendance and Dependability – Consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Diversity – Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
  • Ethics – Tells truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
  • Teamwork – Listens and responds constructively to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Helps others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others’ effort and contribution. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.

Essential Functions, Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The majority of WildCare’s facilities are outdoors.  Therefore, candidates for this job must be able to:
  • Work outside in all seasons and in all kinds of weather conditions.
  • Lift/carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Walk on uneven, natural terrain.
You will be working 40 to 60 hours per week with regular days off.


WildCare expects their fellows to work hard, be dedicated to learning, and maintain a positive attitude in a hectic atmosphere. Fellows must be able to communicate effectively and treat others with respect. Fellows should serve as role models for the compassionate and dedicated care their animal patients need and deserve.  Fellows should be detail-oriented, should be able to recognize their limitations, and know when to ask for help from their Animal Care Manager. Fellows should be self-sacrificing of their time to ensure all animal patients receive the care they deserve and to see all jobs through to completion.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to [email protected] by February 28, 2020. Put “Fellow” in the subject line. This position is seasonal. Minimum commitment is 10 weeks between February and November. Internships may be extended up to 9 months based on need and performance.

WildCare Foundation is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.