Our 12 week internship program prepares aspiring animal caretakers for a career in the animal world.

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Would you like to join our flock?

World Bird Sanctuary is looking for interns! Our 12 week internship program prepares aspiring animal caretakers for a career in the animal world. As a WBS intern, you will gain valuable hands-on experience with animal husbandry, behavior training, enclosure maintenance, records keeping, wildlife rehabilitation, and educational programming and outreach. During your internship, you will have the opportunity to work alongside, and receive continuous training and feedback from our experienced staff members in each part of the sanctuary. It is our goal to provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to help you land your first job in this competitive field!

Internship Application

For applicants 18 years and older
Please upload cover letter, resume and 1 letter of reference

Work Environment

  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to do work such as lifting, bending, stooping, and carrying 40lbs.
  • Must be comfortable learning food preparation for carnivorous animals.
  • Must be willing to interact in a positive and professional manner with guests.
  • Must be comfortable working both in a group setting as well as independently with direction.

Compensation and Hours

  • General internships are currently unpaid positions.
  • We can offer a limited number of free, onsite, shared housing available for out of town interns.
  • Internships are 12 weeks long
  • Interns typically work 40 hours a week (5 consecutive days, 8 hours with an hour lunch daily), with two days off per week which will be kept as consistent as possible.
  • World Bird Sanctuary is open to the public 363 days out of the year; therefore, all positions require employees and interns to work some weekends, holidays, and evenings.
  • We are happy to work with interns to receive college credit for their internship with World Bird Sanctuary.

Internship Periods & Deadlines

The exact dates are determined based on the schedules of accepted participants within the internship periods stated, in order to better accommodate school schedules and allow for everyone to start at the same time.

  • Summer: May – Aug, Deadline is March 1
  • Fall: Sept – Dec, Deadline is July 1
  • Winter: Jan – April, Deadline is Nov 1


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