2019 Internship Opportunities

Dates of Internships

April 1st – July 1st

June 5th – September 3rd

 

Length 

A minimum of 25 hours per week. Two four-month internships available (1 per interval).

Description

Our team is currently seeking interns for season 2019! We are looking for eager learners with an avid interest in wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation. Ideal candidates will be able to work a minimum of 25 hours per week, split up into 3-5 shifts. They will have a positive attitude, be reliable, be able to work well with others, and have no problem getting down and dirty! This is a great opportunity for students in a variety of scientific fields, including (but not limited to) wildlife biology, animal behavior, wildlife ecology, animal husbandry, and veterinary science.

 

Saco River Wildlife Center (SRWC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Limington, ME. It is in close proximity to the Running With Wolves sanctuary and the Center for Wildlife. SRWC is permitted to take small to medium-sized mammals, as well as reptiles and amphibians. Interns will therefore get experience with raccoons, opossums, foxes, bats, squirrels, skunks, porcupines, groundhogs, and occasionally mustelids. Interns will also learn the species' diets, habitats, and conservation needs. Some daily duties may include: hand-feeding baby mammals, monitoring and informing staff about changes in animal conditions, habitat maintenance, administrating medications, preparing food, laundry, and cleaning dishes.

Qualifications

Interns must be:

  • currently enrolled in a college program relating to biological or veterinary sciences

  • able to provide their own transportation to and from the Center

  • able to work outside in all kinds of weather including rain and high heat/humidity

  • able to lift up to 50 pounds

  • able to work on their feet up to 8 hours (breaks are permitted of course)

  • willing to get dirty with a smile

  • able to understand how each task assigned ensures the overall safety and healing for our patients

  • flexible with scheduling – some early AM or evening shifts are required

  • able to practice good, direct communication and work well as a member of a team

  • able to interact professionally with members of the public

 

Amenities  

This is an unpaid internship. SRWC can place interns with host families (of current volunteers) if they are willing. Interns may also tent on the property, with access to electricity, Wi-Fi, a shower, a bathroom, and a kitchen in the main house for the interns' use. 

Limington is approximately a 45-minute drive from Portland, the largest city in Maine and home to a number of outdoor activities and city shopping. There are also numerous parks, lake and ocean beaches, and tourist attractions (both animal-oriented and not) all within a reasonable driving distance from our center.

Comments

We look for enthusiastic, mature, hard-working, dependable, physically and emotionally strong individuals who understand that every piece of rehabilitation (from washing dishes to assisting with exams) are equally important in this line of work.

 

SRWC is, like many wildlife rehabs, a home-run facility. This means that the main house is occupied by Bethany and her roommates, as well as various domestic animals. Interns should keep in mind that there are indoor cats and dogs here (so be wary of allergies), and that we are very strict on cleaning protocols in order to prevent the possible spread of diseases from the wild animals to our pets (and to us!). Interns are allowed use of the house even after hours, so long as the house proper and its tenants are respected.

We cannot guarantee that we will provide every meal, and so we encourage interns to get their own food (ideally food that can be stored without refrigeration). We can, however, allow for limited refrigerator space, and we will share large meals we make with interns.

*If interested please click apply and fill out a volunteer application (please write ‘INTERN’ at the top with your desired dates) and email in an application to sacoriverwildlifecenter@gmail.com or the mailing address listed on the website.