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Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton (WRSE) - Internship Program

Mar 09, 2018

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton (WRSE) - Internship Program

Position:  Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant   Number of Positions Available: 25        

Time Period: spring & summer                     Start dates: April 1, May 1, & June 1

Hours: 20 – 40 hr per week                            Minimum commitment: 3 months      


WildNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our patients.

WildNorth is a non-partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured and orphaned wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community.  We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species.  Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% small mammals (squirrels, porcupines, fox). 


Working under the supervision of the Animal Care Manager or appropriately identified staff, interns will assist with the following:

¨ Monitoring progress of patients, recording weights and food intake, and maintaining proper environment ¨ Assisting with medical treatments, capture and restraint of patients ¨ Hand-feeding orphaned mammals and birds around the clock ¨ preparing species’ diets, daily feeding, cleaning and enrichment of animal enclosures ¨ specialized waterfowl care  ¨ General facility cleaning including sweeping/mopping floors, washing dishes, disinfecting counters/sinks ¨ Reporting maintenance and/or safety hazards to the rehabilitation staff and correcting hazards if possible ¨ Lifting and hauling items up to 40 lbs, including trash and recycling ¨ Assisting with organizational or construction projects, as needed ¨ Assisting staff with rescues, supply pick-up, patient transfers from our wildlife hospital  ¨ Maintaining high energy levels throughout a long workday ¨ Additional duties as requested

Interns are required to follow all policy, procedures and protocols at WildNorth to ensure a high standard of animal care.  Interns will also interact with and work with other facility volunteers, summer students and casual relief staff. 


Interns may apply to work at the Wildlife Hospital in Edmonton or the Rehabilitation Centre in Spruce Grove.  Positions will start in February, April, May, and June and require a minimum of 20 hrs to a maximum of 40 hrs per week with a choice of 3, 4, 5 or 6-month commitment.



All positions are voluntary, NO salary is offered.  Housing and transportation is not provided.   




  • Minimum age of 19 years of age or older
  • Experience or coursework in: biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry
  • Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina
  • Rabies vaccination an asset
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to be motivated, flexible and patient in a highly demanding work environment
  • Criminal record check
  • Must provide references


Benefits & skill development for the Intern

  • Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research and proper husbandry techniques
  • Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work
  • Further your career or educational goals
  • Orientation and training provided
  • Learning job skills and team work
  • Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people
  • Certificate of completion of internship provided


Application process



Application closing date is March 29th, 2018


WildNorth’s staff thanks you for your interest in our volunteer internship program.  All successful applicants will go through an application, screening, and interview process followed by orientation, in class training and onsite training.

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