South Florida Wildlife Center

Internships and Externships

Location:  SFWC Resource Center, Nursery, Hospital, and Rehabilitation Habitats.

Duties: See position description here.

Minimum Age to apply: 18

Time Commitment: Minimum 24 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Now accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2023Apply here!

The focus is to introduce interns to wildlife care, rehabilitation, conservation, and medicine. This position rotates through several departments including rehabilitation, veterinary hospital, outreach/education, and rescue/release.

Location:  SFWC Wildlife Rehabilitation Habitats

Duties: See position description here.

Minimum Age to apply: 18

Time Commitment: Minimum 24 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2023Apply here!

This Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship allows interns to assist rehabilitators in the daily care of animals. Interns will gain experience in species identification and natural history, proper husbandry techniques, animal handling, proper feeding of mammals, reptiles, and birds, medication administration, and lab work.

Location:  SFWC Nursery

Duties: See position description here.

Minimum Age to apply: 18

Time Commitment: Minimum 24 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Now accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2023Apply here!

This Wildlife Nursery Internship allows interns to assist rehabilitators in the daily care of animals. Interns will gain experience in species identification and natural history, proper husbandry techniques, animal handling, proper feeding of orphaned mammals and birds, medication administration, and lab work.

Location:  SFWC Education Habitats / Offsite Events

Duties: See position description here.

Minimum Age to apply: 18

Time Commitment: Minimum 24 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Now accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2023Apply here!

The Outreach Department at the South Florida Wildlife Center delivers dynamic programs throughout the community to increase awareness about the value of co-existing with wildlife and the importance of animal habitats in South Florida. Interns will work alongside the staff to support the husbandry of a dozen permanent Ambassador Animals and assist with presentations across various programs and events to all age groups.

Location:  Wildlife Hospital

Duties: See position description here.

Minimum Age to apply: 18

Time Commitment: Minimum 24 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Now accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2023Apply here!

This internship is most suitable for vet tech students looking for wildlife experience; recent grads from vet tech school and wildlife rehabilitators looking to augment their medical expertise. Interns will spend some time with the veterinarian but mainly train with vet assistants on animal handling, medication administration, patient care, lab techniques such as CBCs and fecals, and triage of incoming injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife.

Location:  Wildlife Hospital

Duties: See position description here.

Minimum Age to apply: 18

Time Commitment: Minimum 40 hours per week for 3 weeks.

Now accepting applications for 2023 and 2024Apply here!

Must be in the final two years of veterinary school or have graduated from a veterinary program within the last year. The focus is to introduce externs to wildlife medicine in a high-volume, fully-functional veterinary hospital and well as exposing externs to the basics of wildlife husbandry and rehabilitation.

Location:  Wildlife Hospital

Duties: See position description here.

Minimum Age to apply: 18

Time Commitment: Minimum 24 hours per week for 4 weeks.

Now accepting applications for 2023Apply here!

This externship is ideal for veterinary technician trainees who desire a rotation in wildlife medicine. The goal is to introduce the extern to the veterinary technician or assistant’s role in wildlife medicine in a high-volume, fully-functional veterinary hospital; as well as expose extern to the basics of wildlife husbandry and rehabilitation.

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