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(1) VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Positions: Wildlife Rescue & Frontline Intern at WILDNorth
Organization: WILDNorth
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Number of Positions Available: To be determined
Time Period: May 1 through August 31
Hours: 20 hrs/ week (two 10hr shifts)
Deadline: April 1, 2022, applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

WILDNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, and have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment.

WILDNorth is a non-partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured and orphaned wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community. We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species. Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% small mammals (squirrels, porcupines, fox).

Duties:

Working under the supervision of the WILDRescue Manager and the Helpline Manager, interns will assist with the following:

  • Helpline Operation – Field and log phone calls from, and provide solutions to the public about wildlife concerns. Data entry. Communicate with and dispatch Wildlife Transportation volunteers.
  • Intake Facilitation – Interface with and receive injured and orphaned wildlife from the public. Gather intake information. Transfer animals to WILDCare staff.
  • Rescue – Conduct field rescues and transport injured and orphaned wildlife to WILDNorth’s Edmonton Hospital and Parkland County Rehabilitation Centre. Represent WILDNorth off-site in a positive light while adhering to organizational vision and mission and communicate the need for financial support from members of the community.
  • Release – Scout for potential sites and presence of certain species. Release animals. Monitor the fostered or released wildlife.
  • Additional duties as requested

Interns are required to follow all WILDNorth policy, procedures and protocols. Interns will also interact and work with other facility volunteers, summer students and casual relief staff.

Skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to be motivated, flexible, and patient in a highly demanding work environment
  • Able to endure a physically challenging environment and lift/ carry 40 lbs.

Requirements:

  • Experience or coursework in biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and provide a driver’s license abstract
  • Must have current tetanus vaccination
  • Two (or more) Covid-19 vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination is an asset
  • Must provide a Criminal Record Check
  • Must provide references

Conditions:

All positions are voluntary, NO salary is offered. Housing and transportation is not provided.

Benefits & skill development for the Intern:

  • Species identification and wildlife capture/handling experience
  • Wildlife management and conflict resolution experience
  • Further your career or educational goals
  • Orientation and training provided
  • Learning job skills and team work
  • Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people
  • Certificate of completion of internship provided

Application Process:

  1. Fill in an application form at https://wildnorth.ca/who-we-are/current-opportunities/
  2. Submit application
  3. Respond to the confirmation email with your resume and references.

WILDNorth’s staff thanks you for your interest in our volunteer internship program. All applicants will go through an application, screening, and interview process. Successful candidates will then attend an orientation and onsite training.


(2) VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Position: Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern
Organization: WILDNorth
Location: Rehabilitation Centre (Edmonton) and Wildlife Hospital (Parkland County)

Number of Positions Available: To be determined
Time Period: May – August (Let us know if you have longer availability April – September)
Hours: 20 – 40 hrs/ week
Minimum commitment: 4 months

WILDNorth operates out of two facilities. Our Rehabilitation Centre is in Parkland County (North of Spruce Grove) and is not accessible by public transit. Our Wildlife Hospital is in Edmonton, and is accessible by public transit. You will need to specify which location you’d prefer to intern from in your application form. If you have no preference, please indicate that to us.

Deadline: April 1, 2022, applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

WILDNorth is seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our patients.

WILDNorth is a non-partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured, orphaned, and contaminated wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community. We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species. Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% small mammals (squirrels, porcupines, fox).

Duties:

Working under the supervision of the WILDCare Manager or appropriately identified staff, interns will:

  • Assist medical team with many aspects of animal care including: preparing species specific diets; set up and take down of captive care enclosures; assist with some medical treatments; assist with maintaining daily records
  • Hand-feed orphaned mammals and birds (can be as frequent as every 15 minutes)
  • Complete daily feedings
  • Clean and enhance enrichment of animal enclosures
  • Provide specialized waterfowl care
  • Complete general facility cleaning including laundry, sweeping/ mopping floors, washing dishes, disinfecting counters/ sinks
  • Report maintenance and/ or safety hazards to the staff and correct hazards if possible
  • Lift and carry items up to 40 lbs, including garbage and recycling
  • Assist with organizational or construction projects, as needed
  • Assist staff with rescues, supply pick-ups, patient transfers as needed
  • Maintain high energy levels throughout a long workday
  • Additional duties as requested

Interns are required to follow all policy, procedures and protocols at WILDNorth to ensure a high standard of animal care. Interns will also interact and work with other facility volunteers, summer students, and casual relief staff.

Conditions:

All positions are voluntary, NO salary is offered. Housing and transportation is not provided.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Experience or coursework in biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry
  • Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina
  • Two (or more) Covid-19 vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination an asset
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to be motivated, flexible, and patient in a highly demanding work environment
  • Criminal record check
  • Must provide references

Benefits & Skill Development for the Intern:

  • Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research, and proper husbandry techniques
  • Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work
  • Further your career or educational goals
  • Orientation and training provided
  • Learning job skills and team work
  • Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people
  • Certificate of completion of internship provided

Application Process:

  1. Fill in an application form at https://wildnorth.ca/who-we-are/current-opportunities/
  2. Submit application
  3. Respond to the confirmation email with your resume and references.

WILDNorth’s staff thanks you for your interest in our volunteer internship program. All applicants will go through an application, screening, and interview process. Successful candidates will then attend an orientation, in class training, and onsite training.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 31 2021    ID: 62257