Caring for Minnesota's wildlife

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota provides
quality medical care and rehabilitation for all injured,
sick and orphaned wild animals, and shares its knowledge
with the people who care about them.


Open every day of the year!



9am - 6pm Daily
Including Holidays





Educational Opportunities

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 as a wildlife intern.


1) Vet Student Externships and Internships: You must be enrolled in a veterinary school.

2) Wildlife 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) Wildlife 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, email us regarding creating a flexible schedule.


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. To apply, or if you have questions, email Dr. Agnes Hutchinson.




We offer the opportunity to specialize in three wildlife nursery areas. Internships in all these areas consist of 20-25 hrs/wk and are unpaid. For specifics on each area, scroll down:

1) Songbird/Waterfowl Species

2) Mammal Species (must be rabies vaccinated with a titer on file)

3) Final Release and Conditioning (outdoor caging)


Songbird/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. Songbird/Waterfowl Interns start in April and finish in Sept.


As a Songbird/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.


Final Release and Conditioning Interns: (you can also read more about this unique position here)

a) work outside in all types of weather

b) must be able to lift and carry 50#

c) work with both waterfowl and songbirds in outdoor flight pens to prep them for release

d) supervise volunteers

e) work with nursery directors to schedule and do releases



To apply for these wildlife internships:

1) email your resume

2) email a recommendation letter from a prof. or employer (past or current) or fax it to us to at 651-486-9420

3) indicate for which internship you are applying; if Mammal, indicate which session