Objective: Introduce and train interns on the methods of care and rehabilitation for sick, injured, and orphaned baby wildlife and certain non-natives.

Interns will:

  • Learn the care and husbandry challenges of the orphaned animals at the Center
  • Gain hands-on wildlife experience, including proper handling procedures, feeding techniques, husbandry, species-specific diets, and administration of medications
  • Receive training on rearing a wild animal in preparation for release
  • Learn about South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) and how the organization’s work fits into the larger picture of animal protection and population health
  • Be exposed to the operations of a wildlife center
  • Be trained on humane coexistence with wildlife

Nursery Interns will receive one-on-one training with experienced staff members, as well be given access to a manual covering standard operating procedures, zoonotic disease, and species-specific diets.

Daily Nursery activities include:

  • Clean and set up enclosures/habitats
  • Prepare diets and formulas
  • Hand-feed animals using appropriate techniques
  • Document all care and observations
  • Handle patients for weighing and transfers
  • Assist with routine care and physical exams
  • Provide enrichment
  • Convey potential problems to staff
  • Assist with general housekeeping/laundry


  • Spring/Summer – Early April through late June
  • Summer/Fall – Early July through late Septemeber

Time commitment: 24 – 32 hours per week for 12 weeks

2-3 interns per session



For questions about this position, please email info@southfloridawildlifecenter.org