An internship with Birds of Prey Foundation is intended to be a learning experience focused on wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will learn skills such as handling techniques, cleaning and sterilization procedures, habitat enrichment, diets, food preparation, and feeding methods, and will assist experienced rehab staff with treatment procedures. We strive to teach based on intern goals, but also to provide a well-rounded experience. Our internships are intended to provide experience and on-the-job training in basic rehab skills, not to teach veterinary medicine.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Sense of responsibility
- Self-motivated and punctual
- Sense of ethics
- Works well in a team setting, excellent communicator
- Is flexible and is willing to change tasks
- Is able to discern and demonstrate proper etiquette both around people and animals
Wildlife rehabilitation is not a glamorous job, and likewise, an internship with Birds of Prey Foundation should not be expected to be glamorous. This means that many tasks will be dirty and difficult. However, there is rarely a task without educational value. Interns are expected to take on any assigned task and learn from it. If the educational value is unknown, please ask. Interns are expected to be punctual, and to notify supervisors well in advance if a shift must be missed. Interns are expected to be self-motivated and to keep busy when supervisors have not specifically designated a task.
Most of our interns work 40 hrs a week for 2-4 weeks. This gives them a robust and well rounded view of what goes on at the Birds of Prey Foundation. Many other interns have a job or are still in school therefore they make a commitment to come 1-3 times a week for 3 months.
Can’t Come to Us?
We can come to you! Executive Director Heidi Bucknam has close to 3 decades of experience in the field of raptor rehabilitation and is nationally renowned for her knowledge, treatment and husbandry of raptors while in captivity. Heidi offers lectures, presentations and trainings for various rehabilitation facilities, schools and civic organization every year.