Skywatch Bird Rescue offers internships in Spring, Summer and Fall each year. Interns are required to be available a minimum of 15 hours per week. In addition to gaining a great deal of avian knowledge and experience, intern’s volunteer hours will count as community service hours performed. We are looking for confident, outgoing individuals who welcome new experiences and can represent our organization.
Students in the following academic areas of study would benefit from an internship at Skywatch Bird Rescue: Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Zoology, Ecology, Wildlife and Fisheries, and Science Education. (Anyone is welcome to apply for an internship, you do not have to be enrolled in a college program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.)
There are two types of internships available as well as apprenticeships.
15hr a week – General internship
This internship focuses on husbandry care for all our resident birds covering a wide variety of species, and raising a variety of baby birds (in summer when breeding season is active), as well as basic supportive of some of our patients (also occasionally infant small wild mammals) until they can be released back to the wild. The internship teaches you their diets, their housing and enrichment needs in captivity, capture & handling and much more. It also includes learning a variety of tasks associated with running a nonprofit and rehabilitation facility. Skywatch interns must be dedicated to the internship commitment just like its a paying job and make their time here the priority for their 12 weeks of volunteering. This includes showing up for shifts even if it’s a public holiday and doing some self research at home to expand on their knowledge of some of the topics we cover in training. (like home studies to learn to identify the species of the migratory birds)
25hrs a week – Second level internship
This internship focusses on all the same things as mentioned above for the general internship, but, goes further into the supportive care for rehab patients, ie medicating the patients, basic triage and intake protocol, assisting the director with medical procedures such as wound care and gavage feeding, restraint of the birds while procedures in the clinic are being performed, raptor restraint and handling, wing wraps and fluid administration and much much more.
Internship applicants are required to fill out the intern application form below!
For questions on internship opportunities, please contact us at [email protected]. Put “Internship Question” in the subject line.