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Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:
Audubon Sharon has an unpaid Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship available designed to provide an individual interested in conservation and the natural world with the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience caring for wildlife patients. The intern selected will have the opportunity to learn from experienced staff that are experts in their field and to learn about species identification, natural history, proper husbandry and enrichment techniques, animal handling, tube-feeding, medication administration, lab work, and various other procedures. The internship will afford the intern the opportunity to learn about the many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation under the direction of Audubon staff members.

Essential Functions:
At the culmination of the internship the intern will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to assess and treat many of the common injuries presented in wildlife such as broken bones, head trauma, and cat bites as well as raising orphaned young birds. The intern will understand the anatomy of physiology of birds, correctly administer fluid therapy and medications, triage in emergency situations, properly handle patients and understand the physiological response of stress in wildlife patients.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 18 years of age or older, have own transportation, commitment for 12 to 14 weeks at 35 hours per week, approximately mid May through mid August
  • Undergraduate degree or currently majoring in natural science, veterinary clinic experience or other science-related field required
  • Strong work ethic, enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn required
  • Prior experience with handling wildlife and/or in animal medicine is highly desirable.

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