Wildlife Images Internship Program

Internships at Wildlife Images are an excellent way to gain valuable experience in the professional fields of wild animal care, wildlife medicine and environmental education. Available to college students and recent high school graduates, internships are a great way to gain experience. (Must be at least 18 years of age to apply.) Internships are competitive and are awarded through an application and interview process.

As of 02/01/2017 – We are currently accepting applications and interviewing for spring/summer internships

Internships focus on clinical functions, treatments and rehabilitation, as well as wildlife husbandry and ambassador handling skills to support educational endeavors.

Summer internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks (3 months at 40 hours a week).

Fall internships last for a minimum of 8 weeks (2 months at 40 hours a week).

Internships are unpaid, but there is low-cost housing available on-site.

Spring / Summer Internship  

Begin April / End August

 Fall Internship

Begin August or September / End November

Applications for internships should be submitted as soon as possible prior to start of desired internship; internships are competitive and will be filled as soon as qualified applicants are accepted. 

Interns assist in multiple areas of our daily operations so that they can explore and experience as much as possible. We here at Wildlife Images are accustomed to working wherever we are needed and encourage our interns to do the same.

Internship description –

Interns will have the opportunity to learn and participate in …

  • Work in the clinic alongside animal care staff to assess, treat and care for sick, injured and/or orphaned wildlife.
  • Assist staff in the daily maintenance and husbandry of both rehabilitating and permanent animals housed at the facility.
  • Clinical duties – administer medications, assist with x-rays, collect lab samples, admit new patients, bandage and splint, feed and foster orphaned wildlife and of course, clean.
  • Husbandry duties – diet preparation, clean, observe health checks
  • Developing and implementing novel enrichment.
  • Wildlife education – deliver walking tours of the facility, present to visitors on-site, assist the education staff in presentations off-site.
  • Learn handling skills of permanent resident animals.
  • Assist with youth camps, playing games and hosting activities, developing and maintaining educational props  and organizing bio-facts.

The Wildlife Images Intern is ideally an individual that wants to learn about all aspects of caring for wildlife and is designed for those interested in a career in wildlife medicine, rehabilitation, or those interested in being a keeper at a zoo/sanctuary or becoming an environmental educator.

We do not have a veterinarian on staff, so those needing experience working one on one with a veterinarian should seek internship opportunities elsewhere.

 

Housing –
Wildlife Images has housing available on-site for just $25.00 per week. 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.

Location –

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.

Recreation –

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.

 

How To Apply: 

Send your resume, a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor, employer or professor and a cover letter addressing the following: 
  • The dates you are available to complete your internship
  • What your goals are for the internship experience
  • Any relevant experience you have
  • Educational and professional background

 

 
Please send your application materials to:

 

internships@wildlifeimages.org

Emailed applications are preferred.

Subject Title: Internship 

You can mail applications to the following address.
PO Box 36
Merlin, OR 97532

Your application MUST include a valid contact e-mail address in order to be accepted. Applications without a valid e-mail address will be considered incomplete and will not be considered. Thank you.