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Intern at Chintimini Wildlife Center
We are excited to offer several internship opportunities year-round 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.
Our regular internship opportunities are listed below, but we are open to proposals for more specialized or unique positions as well. Please contact Erika Seirup, Outreach and Operations Coordinator to discuss other potential internship opportunities. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
Apply Now: Wildlife Care Internship
We are seeking multiple Wildlife Care Interns to join our wildlife rehabilitation team for the spring term. Our Wildlife Hospital operates on about 5 acres and admits more than 2,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year from Benton County and the surrounding area. Interns work with our Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff to provide care to rehabilitation patients in our clinic. Duties include many aspects animal husbandry such as diet preparation, cleaning enclosures, assisting staff with patient treatments and other procedures, and more.
Schedule: Our Wildlife Hospital is open seven day a week, 365 days a year. Interns will report to work at Chintimini Wildlife Center for two or more of our scheduled 6-hour shifts per week and perform animal care activities onsite. Our morning shift runs from 8 am – 2 pm, and our afternoon shift runs from 3 pm – 9 pm. Internships last approximately 12 weeks and closely follow the Oregon State University academic calendar.
Anticipated start date: Spring term begins March 22, 2021
Reports to: Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff
Compensation: These are unpaid volunteer positions
Applications must be submitted via our online form. For full consideration, please submit a completed application, resume, and cover letter by Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Typical Hiring Schedule
Dates are approximate and subject to change
Winter 2021: January 4 – March 14 FULL
Applications no longer accepted
Spring 2021: March 22 – June 13
Applications accepted 1/4/21 – 1/18/2021
Summer 2021: June 14 – September 5
Applications accepted 2/15/2021 – 3/1/2021
Fall 2021: TBD
Wildlife Care Internship
Bird of Prey Internship
Wildlife Care interns assist Animal Care 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.
BOP internships can last 3-6 months and can occasionally be accommodated for up to one year. Interns will report to work at Chintimini Wildlife Center for two 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
“I am so grateful to be a part of this program. It has absolutely changed my life!”
Christine Melancon, 2019 Birds of Prey Intern