Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida


Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship Program

Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for the Wildlife Sanctuary. During these months, we often receive 30-40 animals a day (3000 animals on average every year) and there is a lot of work involved in caring for these patients. The primary role of a wildlife rehabilitation intern is to assist in the care of the wildlife patients, many of whom have been orphaned. This internship is fast paced and engaging both physically and mentally. You will be challenged on a daily basis and gain valuable knowledge in the wildlife rehabilitation field.

Again, we thank you for your interest in our Internship Program and look forward to hearing from you. Please allow 5-10 business days for responses to applications, our staff is very busy year around with animal care.

Application Instructions

Please read through the following material thoroughly to ensure that our program meets your needs and interests. We ask that you not call the sanctuary with questions regarding internships to allow our animal care staff to continue their work with their rehab patients and the public. Any questions should be directed to the email address listed at the end of this document.
The following must be included when submitting your application. Applications may be submitted by email, mailed to 105 North S Street, Pensacola, Fl 32505, or dropped off at the Sanctuary.

  • Your Resume
  • A short cover letter describing your career goals and how an internship at WSNWFL will assist with these goals.
  • Two letters of recommendations (at least one from a former employer)
  • Proof of current Tetanus shot

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Job Duties

  • Cleaning tasks: laundry, dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc
  • Answering phones and admitting new animals
  • Public education
  • Diet preparation (can include handling dead prey for raptor and carnivore patients)
  • Animal Care: handling and restraint of animals, feeding of orphaned wildlife, and assisting the staff with the rehabilitation of animals
  • Medical care: assisting staff with evaluations and medication administrations, charting, and animal intakes
  • Other tasks as needed

Terms and Requirements

  • A positive attitude is a must
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • We accept both students and non-students as interns
  • A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is required
  • Only full-time positions are available (30-40 hours per week)
  • Internships are unpaid, but may be used for school credit if agreed upon with the Internship Coordinator before the Internship begins
  • Interns must have reliable transportation and provide their own housing
  • Ability to speak, read, and write English fluently
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to work both independently and cohesively with volunteers, staff, and management
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks including heavy lifting (up to 50lbs), climbing, and both indoor and outdoor cleaning

Email to: ws@wildlife.gccoxmail.com

No phone calls please