Intern at Chintimini Wildlife Center

We are excited to offer several internship opportunities in our education and animal care programs. Our internships are an exciting opportunity for students and emerging wildlife professionals to build important skills and make connections in the realm of wildlife rehabilitation and education.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests for specialized internships at this time. Please apply for only one internship program per term. For full consideration, all interns must attend a mandatory orientation. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

2022 Hiring Schedule

Dates are approximate and subject to change

Winter 2022:

Application accepted Nov 7th – Nov 21st

Available for Birds of Prey positions only

Mandatory orientation: January 6th, 2023

Spring 2023: April 3 – June 18

Applications accepted Jan 23rd – Feb 10th

Mandatory orientation: March 30, 2022

Summer 2023: June 10 – Sept 3

Applications accepted Apr 10th – April 28th

Mandatory orientation: June 15, 2022

Fall 2023: TBD

Wildlife Care Internship

Bird of Prey Internship

Wildlife Care interns assist Rehab Staff in our wildlife hospital. Interns will help to provide care to our more critical patients and young orphans. Diet prep, cage cleaning & setup, administering medications, and assisting with patient admissions/evaluations are at the forefront of the internship experience.

Animal admissions fluctuate with the seasons, which helps to create a unique experience with every term we offer. In the spring we receive an influx of young orphans, such as baby raccoons, squirrels, and songbirds. In the fall or winter, we have a much lower patient load and tend to admit emaciated raptors or collision with vehicle mammals. While there are plenty of basics to master, there is always something new to learn and experience.

Wildlife Care Internships last approximately 12 weeks and can occasionally be accommodated for up to one year. Interns will report to work at Chintimini Wildlife Center for two or more 4-6 hour shifts per week (depending on the season) and perform animal care activities on-site.

Bird of Prey (BOP) interns work directly with our avian ambassadors, tending to their daily care, training, and enrichment. Interns conduct educational programs both on- and off-site, providing engaging presentations to diverse groups within our county and surrounding areas. You’ll gain valuable skills in animal husbandry, raptor training, and public speaking, and will assist the Raptor Education Program Director as needed. Using positive reinforcement, interns help staff build and maintain a trusting relationship that empowers the birds, increases their confidence, and keeps them healthy.

Interns may include a self-directed project at the discretion of the Program Director.

Birds of Prey internships last approximately 12 weeks and can occasionally be extended one additional term. Interns will report to work at Chintimini Wildlife Center for three or more 4-hour shifts per week and perform animal care activities on-site. Some travel will be required if interns are performing off-site programming.

“This internship is a perfect fit for me and is accommodating enough for anyone else I can imagine participating in it in the future. I am learning skills that I will use in my future veterinary career and learning about the everyday and special efforts required to interact with and help wild animals. I’ve been so lucky to spend one on one time with the experts and passionate volunteers at Chintimini. I know this internship will become more and more competitive as word is spread. I feel really lucky to participate in it.”

Annabelle Geisler, Winter 2019 Wildlife Care Intern

“I just really love working for the center. I love all the people I work with and I feel so fulfilled being able to care for all of our animals in their most vulnerable states. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.” 

Kira Burkett, Summer & Fall 2019 Wildlife Care Intern

“Going into the Birds of Prey internship was one of the best decisions of my life. It provided me with amazing hands-on experience with the daily care, training, and education around raptor ambassadors. Additionally, Bree and Kathleen are exceptional supervisors, and their continuous support of my intern goals helped me grow as a both zoologist and a person. Even without that though, getting to know the unique birds housed at this facility is worth it by itself (Pip the one-eyed Red-tailed Hawk is definitely the bestest boy in the whole world). I would definitely recommend anyone wanting to have a career in wildlife to apply for this internship! It has absolutely changed my life!”

Rachel Martin, 2021 Birds of Prey Intern