Our interns play an important part in wildlife care and education at our center!
We recently added a brand new internship opportunity in our
Education Department (summer only)!
We are currently accepting Applications for WINTER internships.
At Wildlife Images we provide the hands-on experience people need when entering the rehabilitation and animal husbandry industry. We accept interns year-round. Spring and Summer internships are heavily focused on wildlife rehabilitation in our wildlife clinic which admits more than 1,000 patients a year. Fall and winter internships are geared toward the care and husbandry of more than 100 resident animal ambassadors. Regardless of the season, all interns will learn some aspects of both ambassador and wildlife patient care. Interning with Wildlife Images also provides experience in a fast-paced, team environment at a park visited year-round by the public.
- Observe and assist in medical treatment of seasonal patients. Treatment may include administering medications and fluids, cleaning wounds, applying wraps and splints, viewing x-rays, and more.
- Assisting keepers as they feed, clean, train, and enrich our medium and large carnivores and dangerous animal collection. Performing basic husbandry such as feeding and enrichment of small mammals collection such as skunks, Patagonian cavies, ferrets, sugar gliders, chinchillas, and flying squirrel.
- Assisting keepers as they feed, clean, train, and enrich our eagles, and large owls and hawks. Performing basic husbandry duties such as feeding and enrichment of small and habituated raptors including Kestrels and Vultures, Cranes, and Quail.
- Assisting keepers as they feed, clean, train, and enrich our snakes, lizards, geckos, and more. Performing basic husbandry such as feeding and enriching 3 different species of tortoise.
- Assisting staff in the processing of food for both patients and resident animal ambassadors. Performing care for breeding colonies of feeder rodents.
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Internship Duties and Application
Our internships are highly competitive and we require all interns to
work full-time, unpaid for 12 weeks.
Interns that commit to this entire time frame are also eligible for rent-free housing at the on-site intern house. A non-refundable $200 deposit is required to cover utilities, communal supplies (toilet paper, paper towels), and annual professional cleaning. Housing is on a first come/first serve basis but the park may accept additional interns who choose to live off-site.
All internships include the potential for cross-training in the education and marketing departments but this is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the park. Intern schedules are subject to change based on the number of interns, patient load, special events and other needs of the park.
Requirements for all Internships:
- Must be at least 18 years of age to apply
- Currently enrolled/recently graduated from higher education in a related field
- Able to do rigorous work in all weather conditions and perform tedious tasks for long periods of time
- Must be able to work independently and cohesively with co-workers
- Work safely, quickly, efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions and handle multiple responsibilities while following directions and protocols
- Represent Wildlife Images professionally at all times including speaking in public
- Able to lift and carry 50 lbs
- Valid drivers license is preferred
Wildlife Images has free housing available on-site. The guesthouse, located at the facility, is a historic home, built in the early 1900s set amongst fruit trees in a beautiful wooded area. The guesthouse has a kitchen and laundry facilities available for intern use. Interns are responsible for providing their own food and cleaning the facilities used. Lodging is co-ed with 3 shared rooms available. Bunk beds, mattresses, linens and towels are provided. There is one shared bathroom inside, and an outside shared bathroom complete with shower facilities. The kitchen in the house is used communally by all guests and is well furnished with utensils, pots, pans, etc.
We are located in Southern Oregon, approximately 12 miles from the town of Grants Pass, with a population of about 35,000. So, depending on your perspective, it can be considered rural. Grants Pass has shopping, movie theaters and restaurants. There is no public transportation in our area, but accommodations may be made with staff for interns to get to the grocery store or run other essential errands if they do not have their own transportation.
Southern Oregon, especially the Rogue Valley, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. We are located less than a mile from the beautiful Rogue River and there are two other scenic rivers, the Applegate and Illinois, a short distance from us. They offer awesome rafting and kayaking, great swimming, and world-famous salmon and steelhead fishing. Grants Pass is also nestled in densely wooded mountains, full of hiking trails, mountain biking, wildlife and amazing plant life. Approximately 30 minutes west are the Oregon Caves, and the beautiful, rugged Pacific Ocean is only an hour and a half from Wildlife Images.