Wildlife Images is a non-profit facility in beautiful Southern Oregon specializing in both wildlife rehabilitation and public education.
Spring and Summer internships have a heavy focus on wildlife rehabilitation while fall and winter internships have a heavy focus on ambassador animal care. Regardless of the season, all interns will learn some aspects of both ambassador animal and wildlife patient care in addition to learning how to work as part of a fast-paced, team environment.
Our internships are highly competitive and we require all interns to work full-time, 40 hours per week, for 12 weeks. Interns that commit to this entire time frame are also eligible for low-cost housing at the on-site intern house. There is no rent for the intern house but we do require a non-refundable $200 deposit to cover bills, communal supplies (toilet paper, paper towels), and annual professional cleaning. Housing is on a first come/first serve basis but the park may accept additional interns that choose to live off-site.
The skills and duties you will likely be a part of are included below.
For all departments, tasks include:
Cleaning: scrubbing kennels and enclosures, washing dishes, cleaning and folding laundry, sweeping, mopping, raking, power washing, and more.
Diet preparation: cutting and weighing meats, produce, kibble, and specialty items including whole bodied prey.
Public speaking: interns will assist keeper and clinic staff in their daily public encounters and keeper talks
Summary of Clinic
Working with wild animal patients, tasks include but are not limited to:
Weighing, cleaning, and feeding of adult and baby raptors, songbirds, and squirrels.
Observe and assist in medical treatment of species listed above. Treatment may include administering medications and fluids, cleaning wounds, applying wraps and splints, viewing x-rays, and more.
Summer interns can expect frequent shifts in the baby bird room which will include 3-4 hours of baby bird feeding and oversight of their care.
Observing and understanding different methods and reasons behind humane euthanasia.
Rabies vaccinated interns may assist staff in the feeding, cleaning, and treatment of raccoons, foxes, bats, skunks, and other rabies vector species. Non-vaccinated interns may observe.
Summary of Mammals
Working with ambassador mammals, tasks include but are not limited to:
Shadowing and assisting keepers as they feed, clean, train, and enrich our medium and large carnivores and dangerous animal collection.
Learning and performing basic husbandry such as feeding and enriching small mammals including skunks, Patagonian cavies, ferrets, sugar gliders, chinchillas, and flying squirrel. Depending on intern understanding and performance these tasks may be done without supervision.
Summary of Birds
Working with ambassador birds, tasks include but are not limited to:
Shadowing and assisting keepers as they feed, clean, train, and enrich our eagles, and larger dangerous owls and hawks.
Learning and performing basic husbandry such as feeding and enriching small and habituated raptors including Kestrels and Vultures, Cranes, and Quail. Depending on intern understanding and performance these tasks may be done without supervision.
Summary of Reptiles
Working with ambassador reptiles and arthropods, tasks include but are not limited to:
Shadowing and assisting keepers as they feed, clean, train, and enrich our snakes, lizards, geckos, and more.
Learning and performing basic husbandry such as feeding and enriching 3 different species of tortoise. Depending on intern understanding and performance these tasks may be done without supervision.
Summary of Food Production
Working with food production, tasks include but are not limited to:
Assisting staff in the sorting of donated meats and produce and organizing items into fridges, trash, or to be composted.
Performing care for breeding colonies of feeder rodents. This includes cleaning enclosures, providing food, water, and enrichment.
Optional opportunities to learn how to euthanize feeder rodents and butcher large game such as deer.
In order to apply, interns must submit a resume, application, three references, and a letter of recommendation. Please visit our website for more information.