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 The task of the Wildlife Hospital Intern is to assist with all aspects of the rehabilitation program at the Raptor Center during the busiest months of the summer season from May to July. In this time the rehabilitation intern will learn about all aspects of raptor rehabilitation. They will learn the correct handling of the various species of raptors, about their various diets and ecologies, as well as the basics of the medical treatment of injured birds. A major aspect of the work will be the help with the specific baby season aspects of raising, renesting, fostering, training and releasing raptors.

This is an unpaid, skill-building internship.

 Tasks

  • Assisting during the daily clinic hours and treatment rounds.
  • Preparing food for the rehabilitation birds
  • Maintaining the feeding log of all birds in rehabilitation.
  • Taking care of clinic laundry
  • Assisting with the mouse breeding barn.
  • Maintaining a cleanliness in all areas of the clinic.
  • Assisting with data entry.
  • Assisting with rescues, renesting and releases.
  • Answering calls that come in to the raptor emergency hotline.

Line management

The Wildlife Hospital Intern works directly under the Staff Veterinarian and Rehabilitation Assistant. If both should be absent they report to the Bird Curator.

Working hours

The working hours are 18 hours per week in three 6 hour shifts. Due to the nature of the work, some flexibility in the hours is required and early morning, late evening and weekend hours might occasionally be required.

Duration of position

The internship is envisioned to last from the 1st of May to the 31st of July. Extension for another months can be considered if the workload appears to require it and if the internee is available.

 Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, veterinary medicine or a related field or training as a veterinary technician is preferred.
  • One year volunteer or work experience at a wildlife rehabilitation facility is required.
  • Understanding of animal biology and ecology, and basic  knowledge of raptor species in Oregon is preferred.
  • Must be ready to be flexible, work long hours and in all weather conditions, have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift 50 pounds.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to our Staff Veterinarian Dr. Ulrike Streicher at Ulrike@cascadesraptorcenter.org.

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