As one of the nation's leading wildlife hospitals, WRC strongly believes in educating future generations of wildlife professionals, veterinarians, vet techs and others on working with, and providing medical assistance, to wildlife.
We have many different areas for you to gain a more in-depth experience than a volunteer position:
1) Vet Student Externships and Internships: You must be enrolled in a veterinary school.
2) Nursery Internships: for students pursuing pre-vet, general wildlife/biology/ ornithology degrees, or adults wanting to gain more handling experience with wildlife.
3) Vet Tech Externships: for students pursuing their vet tech degree.
4) Visiting Veterinarian Sessions: for licensed vets looking to gain more wildlife experience.
5) Nurseries Assistant: unpaid position designed to give in-depth experience working with more than 140 different species of wildlife in all three nurseries.
If you're from out of state, or will only be in Minnesota for a limited time, consider applying to join us as a Visiting Intern.
If you're interested in a long-term position for academic credit, we recommend considering applying for our Nurseries Assistant position. The minimum time frame for this is 6 months, ideally you'll be with us just under a year. This is a perfect position for someone visiting from oversees or someone who is taking a year off between college and grad school or job searching. Position is unpaid, we are willing to work with you and your school to help you obtain credit for your time with us. Learn more here.
2) Mammal (must be rabies vaccinated with a titer on file)
Avian/Waterfowl Interns help raise orphaned and injured juvenile birds and waterfowl. Species include loons, mallards, wood ducks, songbirds, crows, jays, herons and gulls. All in all, you'll gain hands-on experience with more than 40 species. Avian/Waterfowl Interns start in late April and finish by 15th of Sept.
As an Avian/Waterfowl Intern you'll:
a) work 20-25 hrs/wk.
b) learn to identify featherless baby birds
c) experience all the steps involved in raising and releasing orphaned animals to the wild
d) provide daily food and water to the birds, clean cages and do laundry
e) supervise volunteers
f) give fluids and meds to the animals as needed
Mammal Interns work with all species of orphaned mammals including raccoons, mice, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes and fox. You must have the pre-exposure rabies vaccination prior to beginning your internship. If you're not already vaccinated, please start the process now. It will take a min. of 10 weeks from your first shot until your titer is drawn. We need a titer report on file when you begin your internship. If you're at the UMN, Boynton Clinic stocks the vaccine and it may be covered under your student health plan. Otherwise, contact your primary physician. (Walgreen's even carries the pre-exposure shots.)
As a Mammal Intern you'll:
a) work 20-25 hrs/wk.
b) hand-raise and prepare mammals for their re-release into the wild
c) provide daily food and water to animals, clean cages and do laundry
d) supervise volunteers
e) give fluids and meds to the animals as needed
f) learn about enrichment programs
Mammal Interns have a choice of 2 sessions: Spring and Late Summer.
Spring runs from late March to early July
Late Summer runs from late June to mid-October
As we mentioned, your internship will overlap with school. However, we do our best to not schedule you for your full hours a week while school is in session.
To apply for either of these positions:
2) forward a recommendation from a prof. or former employer to Lynnette or fax to her at 651-486-9420
3) indicate for which internship you are applying; if Mammal, indicate which session and confirm your start/end dates
As one of the leading wildlife medical facilities in the nation, we welcome students from across the nation, and even internationally. Students have joined us from as far away as Portugal and Denmark.
If you are interested in learning hands-on techniques with wildlife, you may apply for a Visiting Nursery Internship.
Visiting Nursery Interns work 20-25 hrs./wk. and have the option of interning in either the Avian/Waterfowl area or the Mammal Nursery. Mammal Interns must submit a rabies titer prior to beginning their internship.
We are flexible in schedule the start and end dates for visiting interns, but we do require a minimum internship of five weeks.
We will complete paperwork for you to gain school credit after the successful completion of your internship.
Housing is not provided, but we may be able to offer you assistance in locating temporary housing.
To apply for a Visiting Internship:
2) forward a recommendation letter or fax it to Lynnette at 651-486-9420
Please indicate the dates that you would like to visit with us and the status of your rabies vaccine. A rabies titer must be on file with us when you begin your internship.