Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida


Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship Program

Thank you for applying for the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida's Internship Program!  Outlined below you will find information regarding the details, duties, and expectations of our program.

The Wildlife Sanctuary takes on Interns to help expose participants to the wonders of the Wildlife Rehabilitation world by assisting with the care and treatment of a wide range of native wildlife patients during our busy seasons.  Our goal is to get our patients back into the wild where they belong.  As an intern, participants will encounter a wide range of tasks including species identification, proper handling procedures, proper feeding methods, animal husbandry, public education, and more.  The Sanctuary is a busy yet rewarding environment to work in and we look forward to hearing from you.

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 recommendation (at least one from a former employer)
  • Proof of current Tetanus shot

Applicant Requirements

  • A positive attitude is a must

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older

  • We accept both students and non-students as interns, however priority is given to current students and recent graduates

  • A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is required as a full-time position (30-40 hours per week), part-time positions are available on a limited basis with a longer commitment period, please email the listed address with questions

  • 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, fellow interns, 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

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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 raptors and other 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

What to Expect

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.

Email to: ws@wildlife.gccoxmail.com

No phone calls please