Thank you for your interest in becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern!

Volunteers for Wildlife's Wildlife Rehabilitation Interns help to provide care to two thousand injured, orphaned and sick patients at our hospital each year. In exchange, interns receive professional training, experience and an extensive introduction to the field of wildlife rehabilitation.   

Our interns work 40 hours per week in four- 10 hour shifts. Interns begin their day at 8 AM and end at 6 PM.  All interns work four consecutive days either Sunday through Wednesday or Wednesday through Saturday.  Mandatory training is held on the first weekend of the internship and will allow interns to learn and practice skills before starting on their regular schedules.   Additional training is held throughout the internship with all intern training sessions every Wednesday afternoon.   


The internship will be split in two parts with one half devoted to the care of neonatal and juvenile animals in our nursery and the other half providing care to our critically injured adult patients. Interns will work alongside our staff rehabilitators to provide the highest quality care for our patients. Responsibilities will include diet preparation and feeding, enclosure cleaning and maintenance,  habitat and behavioral enrichment, record keeping and observations, providing intense neonatal care to songbirds, mammals and waterfowl, and general hospital cleaning including laundry, dishes, sweeping/mopping and taking out the garbage.

Summer 2019 Internship Dates:

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019-Saturday, August 10th, 2019

**Spring and Fall Internships are available on a part-time basis for an extended period of time.  

Intern Qualifications:

We are seeking self motivated applicants with a sincere interest in Long Island's wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation.  

  • Demonstrated interest or education in wildlife rehabilitation, conservation biology, ecology or zoology

  • Previous animal care experience (domestic animals or wildlife.)

  • Excellent Communication Skills

  • Attention to detail, initiative and a strong desire to learn

  • Ability to enthusiastically work long hours on your feet in a physically demanding environment

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Sense of humor and strong interpersonal skills. 

Day in the Life of a VFW Intern


Internship Terms:

  • Internships are unpaid.

  • Housing and transportation are not provided.

  • Interns must attend mandatory training the first weekend of the internship

  • Interns will commit fully to their assigned schedule.

To Apply:

Please submit your completed application form, resume, letter of intent and a list of three professional references to Lauren Schulz, Wildlife Center Supervisor, at:

Internship Application Form

Application Deadlines:

Spring Semester: December 1

Summer Semester: March 31

Fall Semester: August 1

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