Interested in Becoming a FWH Intern?

The Florida Wildlife Hospital offers unique unpaid internship opportunities for students with an interest in native Florida wildlife. Internships are available year-round at our facility in Palm Shores, Florida. We offer two internship opportunities, an Animal Care internship and a Non-Profit Management internship, for students or recent graduates studying related topics. Descriptions for each position are available below.

ANIMAL CARE INTERNSHIP

  • Offered in 12-week intervals: Spring (February - April), Summer (May - July), Fall (August - October), or Winter (November - January) Exact dates will be dependent upon school end/start dates.
  • Learn to identify native species, set up age- and species-appropriate environments, choose, prepare, and feed nutritious diets, and assist with medical treatments.
      • There may also be opportunities to work in our lab (blood analysis and parasite checks), assist with admission and treatment of patients, and visit nearby wildlife, zoo, and veterinary facilities.

nON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

  • Offered in 8-week intervals
  • Learn what it takes to operate a non-profit facility, assist and learn about fundraising, assist in finding and writing grants, learn about volunteer management, attend an educational outreach event, understand what type of marketing we do, and become familiar with organizing and maintaining a membership database.
      • There may also be opportunities to witness animal releases, assist with volunteer training, and visit other nearby non-profit facilities.  

Do you Qualify?

    • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older
    • Animal Care Applicants must be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a college program pursuing studies in biology, ornithology, wildlife sciences, environmental studies, pre-veterinary medicine, or a related field.
    • Non-Profit Management Applicants must be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a college program pursing studies in biology, wildlife management, non-profit management, or a related field.
    • An in-person mandatory interview (no exceptions) will be conducted on site in Palm Shores, FL; all costs associated with the in-person interview are the interviewee's responsibility
    • Reliable transportation, a valid driver license and proof of insurance required
    • A drug test will be required at the discretion of the director, manager, or president; this may occur at any time and for no reason or cause
    • Applicants should have no animal-related allergies

    Animal Care Applicants

    • Previous experience working with wildlife or other animals is helpful but not required
    • A current tetanus shot is required
    • Pre-exposure rabies shots not required; however, interns without shots will not work with rabies vector species 

    Compensation:

    • Internships are unpaid
    • Medical insurance is not provided by Florida Wildlife Hospital; it is strongly suggested that interns have their own insurance
    • Interns will sign a waiver exempting Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, Inc. from liability for injury and illness occurring during the internship

    How to apply:

    To apply, please complete the following steps:
    • Send a cover letter and resume to our Volunteer Coordinator at Chelsea@floridawildlifehospital.org
    • Send two letters of reference including addresses and contact numbers from two individuals not related to you who have known you for over a year

    Students will be contacted after their application has been reviewed by Florida Wildlife Hospital. Exact dates will be determined by school schedules.


    Florida Wildlife 

    Hospital & Sanctuary 

    4560 North US Highway 1

    Palm Shores, FL 32935

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