WildCare Foundation: Wildlife Care Intern - Part-Time/Unpaid

Type of Position: Unpaid Internship
Education Requirement: High School / GED
Experience Requirement: < 1 year

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, is currently offering part-time, seasonal, unpaid internships for the 2019 season. Interns have responsibilities in all aspects of care for over 6,000 of Oklahoma’s injured and/or orphaned wildlife of 100+ species that are brought to WildCare annually.

Job Purpose:

WildCare is seeking husbandry interns to provide daily care of injured or orphaned wildlife. This is a part-time, unpaid seasonal position. 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 medical treatments as prescribed by our veterinarian.
  • Carry out maintenance projects at the facility and other projects assigned by Team Leaders.
  • Learn and implement patient protocols by species.
  • Observe animals’ condition and behavior and report to Team Leaders.
  • Perform patient admissions and intake exams as needed.
  • Carry out assigned releases.
  • Assist with animal admissions and patient record entries.
  • Interns will rotate through nursery areas based on need, previous experience, and personal interest.
  • Update Community Liaison regarding patient updates for social media including taking photographs and video.
  • Interns will learn wildlife conflict resolution techniques for use over the phone


Responsible, trustworthy, multi-tasker, motivated, positive attitude, willingness to learn and grow, good physical condition (able to lift 50 pounds), able to work in Oklahoma summer heat, B.S. degree in 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. Internships vary from 10 weeks to 9 months with flexible start dates from February to November with most starting in May or June.

Our part-time, unpaid interns work at least 20 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks (compared to our paid interns who work at least 40 to 60 hours/week). This is a great way to gain experience in wildlife rehabilitation without committing to a full-time+ position.


WildCare expects their interns to work hard, be dedicated to learning, and maintain a positive attitude in a hectic atmosphere. Interns must be able to work long days in a hectic environment while maintaining a positive attitude. Interns should communicate effectively and treat others with respect. Interns should serve as role models for the compassionate and dedicated care their animal patients should receive.Interns should be detail-oriented. Interns should recognize their limitations and know when to ask for help from their Team Leader. Interns should be self-sacrificing of their time in order 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 at least 2 references to [email protected]. 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.