Avian Care Internship

Interns are invaluable to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. We are happy to provide 6-month, paid internships to individuals who are interested and passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.  The unique ecosystem of the Florida Keys creates a great opportunity for interns to gain knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of avian species. From seabirds and shorebirds to raptors and songbirds, interns can expect to work hands-on alongside our certified wildlife rehabilitators at Mission Wild Bird and independently at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary.

Our Avian Care internship consists of 5-day, 40-hour (sometimes more) work weeks. The schedule is split up so that individuals will be working 2-3 days a week at our Wild Bird Hospital and 2-3 days a week at our Sanctuary. We provide a $200 bi-weekly stipend and shared intern housing located on-site at our Sanctuary. 

Hospital Duties include:

  • Daily cleaning and feeding of Hospital patients

  • Maintaining hospital cleanliness i.e. sweeping, mopping, laundry

  • Administering medication and fluids therapy

  • Helping staff with wound care, blood work, fecals, xrays etc

  • Participating in bird rescues, intakes and releases

  • Answering bird emergency calls at least two nights a week

  • Keeping detailed and updated reports on sick and injured patients

  • Partaking in after-hour bird emergencies
     

Sanctuary Duties include:

  • Daily husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents i.e. feeding, cleaning, checking enclosures, replacing/cleaning perches

  • Picking up donated fish from local marine centers and sifting fish for quality

  • Helping with regular clean up of facility such as pressure-washing the boardwalk, replacing mulch, and trimming branches

  • Feeding and cleaning of rehabilitation patients in medical cages and flight cages; inlcuding occasional weighing of patients, assessing condition, and noting diet changes

  • Researching, organizing, and providing enrichment for residents

  • Helping with any educational events such as occasional sanctuary tours and regular interactions with visitors

Qualifications:

  • At least 21 years old

  • Working towards or completed Bachelor’s Degree in animal related field.

  • 6 month commitment

  • Willing to work 40 hours a week, weekends and holidays with occasional evenings

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work in hot humid and rainy weather conditions

  • Able to multi task and handle physical and mentally stressful tasks

  • Ability to interact with the public proficiently

  • Have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and ability to handle multiple personalities.

  • Valid Drivers License and clean driving record

How to Apply

To apply, complete the Internship Application and send to shylyn@keepthemflying.org 

Please include your resume and cover letter.

Click here to read about some of our past interns!

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