Internships (as of 1/11/2016)


Facility: Alabama Wildlife Center (“AWC”)
 
Description of Organization: AWC is a nonprofit organization that provides rehabilitative care to injured and orphaned native birds and educational programs to promote appreciation and conservation of native wildlife populations. AWC is Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation and education facility and receives approximately 2,000 native birds from over 100 different species annually.
 
Address:
100 Terrace Drive
Oak Mountain State Park
Pelham, Alabama 35124
 
To apply: Send resume with cover letter summarizing your relevant experience to wildlife@awrc.org or fax to 205-682-6867.
 
Qualifications: Positive attitude, reliable, dedicated, consistent, hard-working, self-motivated, detail-oriented, accept instruction, communicate well with co-workers and the public, work well with others and independently in a hectic environment. Must be able to work outside year-round and lift 50 pounds. Leadership/supervisory/computer skills. (For animal care positions) previous rehab experience a plus.
 
Benefits: AWC will provide Oak Mountain State Park entry gate pass; attend workshops/trainings offered by AWC at no charge (schedule permitting). AWC does not provide housing for interns.
 

Animal Clinic Internship (Unpaid)

Description: Position includes a wide variety of administrative and animal care responsibilities: assist public with wildlife situations on Help Line or in person; assist with education events and fundraising activities; perform animal intake; prepare diets; clean cages and facilities; assist in examination, medical management, handling, feeding, housing and release of wild bird patients (adults and babies). 20-40 hours per week, flexible schedule required including some weekend and evening hours. Applications accepted year round for the animal clinic internships.
 

Education Internship (Unpaid)

Description: Position includes a wide variety of duties with the center's education and outreach programs both on and off-site,  provide care of gloved trained birds of prey (e.g., preparing diets, cleaning cages and facilities), conduct formal and informal tours of the center and Treetop Nature Trail, assist with summer camp programs, develop written education materials. and assist with fundraising events. 20-40 hours per week, flexible schedule required including some weekend and evening hours. Applications accepted year round for the education internships.
 


Summer Songbird Internships (Paid) -- Internship for 2017 has been filled.  2018 position will open on January 1, 2018.
 
Goal: To assist the Staff and Volunteers of the Alabama Wildlife Center to provide professional care for nestling and fledgling native songbirds, in order to ensure that the birds become normal, breeding adults that are fit to return to the wild.
   
Primary Duties:
  • To assist in feeding, cleaning, providing proper habitat and other routine daily care to foster the development of foraging and other behavioral skills necessary to thrive in the wild.
  • To monitor the daily operations of the nursery and aviaries and to supervise volunteers to assure the health and well-being of all birds within the program.
  • To maintain the songbird nursery and aviaries in a clean and orderly condition at all times.
  • To interact with the public in an informative and educational manner.
  • To assist in the care and maintenance of live feeder insects and fish.
  • To assist in maintaining accurate records.
  • To assist in maintaining all songbird housing in a clean, safe, and well-furnished condition appropriate to the species for which it is intended.
Additional Duties:
  • To research and add to a file of developmental norms, special dietary needs and release preparation criteria for songbird species commonly raised at the Alabama Wildlife Center, as time permits.
  • To assist in coordinating the release of birds as directed.
  • To assist in returning young birds to their parents in situations where conditions are favorable.
  • To assist in fostering young birds to new parents in situations where conditions are favorable.
  • To work cheerfully and cooperatively with the Animal Care Staff in performing whatever tasks are needed in order to ensure the smooth operation of the Alabama Wildlife Center.
2 paid positions available – 3-month & 6-month full-time @ $1280 per month.
 
Start date: approximately mid-May - mid-August for the 3-month internship;  April - September for the 6-month internship.
 


Summer Raptor Internship  (Paid) -- Internship for 2017 has been filled.  2018 position will open on January 1, 2018.

Goal: To provide appropriate housing for a variety of wildlife species preparing for release in order to foster the development of physical strength, agility and foraging and other behavioral skills necessary to return to the wild and assist staff in returning healthy orphans to their natural families.
 
Primary Duties:
  • Assist in returning healthy wild orphans to their natural parents
  • Assist staff in providing substitute nests and/or relocating nests when necessary
  • Monitor health of reunited/fostered wildlife by regular visits to nest sites
  • Assist in maintaining all release preparation cages in a clean, safe and well-furnished condition appropriate to the species for which they are intended
  • Assist in the daily care of juvenile and adult raptors as directed
  • Assist in the daily care and maintenance of live feeder insects, fish, and rodents
  • Assist in maintaining accurate records of all work performed
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of non-releasable birds of prey at Treetop Nature Trail as needed
Additional Duties:
  • Research and assemble a file of release preparation criteria for species commonly raised at the Alabama Wildlife Center as time permits
  • Assist in releasing animals as directed
  • Assist in rescuing raptors or other large birds trapped in large structures
  • Assist in locating and evaluating release sites for species as needed, and to assemble and organize all available data on release sites into a readily accessible file for future reference
  • Maintain service areas in a clean and orderly condition
  • Work cheerfully and cooperatively with the Animal Care Staff and volunteers in performing whatever tasks are needed in order to ensure the smooth operation of the Alabama Wildlife Center
 
1 paid position available -- 3-month full-time commitment @ $1,280/month.
 
Start date:  approximately mid May-mid August
 


Summer Clinic Internship (Paid) -- Internship has been filled.  2018 position will open on January 1, 2018.
 
Goal: To assist staff in providing daily routine medical care and husbandry for a variety of avian species. To coordinate and supervise clinic volunteers in daily avian care, cleaning and maintenance.  To assist staff in providing professional care for nestling and fledgling native avian species in order to assure that the birds become normal breeding adults that are fit to return to the wild.

Primary Duties:
  • To supervise volunteers and coordinate routine medical care and husbandry of all patients
  • To execute diet preparation and enclosure maintenance to ensure the daily feeding, cleaning, and care for all patients
  • To ensure that all daily cleaning, maintenance, health, safety, and security protocols are followed
  • To perform a variety of clinical skills including: new patient intake, exams, triage, initial care, continuing intensive, and medical care as directed
  • To understand the need for and assist in humane euthanasia as directed
  • To humanely and safely handle and contain all avian species
  • To interact with the public by answering helpline questions, accepting animal admissions, arranging raptor transportation, and assisting in wildlife education
  • To oversee the care and maintenance of live feeder insects, fish and rodents
  • To maintain accurate records for all patients at all times
Additional Duties:
  • Assist in songbird program by supervising the bird nursery and caring for baby songbirds as needed
  • Assist in research and compilation of wildlife rehabilitation articles for avian species treated at AWC as time permits
  • Assist in reuniting, re-nesting, or fostering healthy wild orphans, and monitoring afterwards.
  • Assist in maintaining all release preparation caging in a clean, safe, and well-furnished condition appropriate to the species for which they are intended
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of non-releasable birds of prey at Treetop Nature Trail as needed
  • Assist in rescue and transport including rescuing raptors or other large birds trapped in large structures
  • Assist in preparing adult and juvenile birds for release in order to foster the development of physical strength, agility, foraging, and other behavioral skills necessary to return to the wild
  • Assist in locating and evaluating release sites for species as needed and to assemble and organize all available data on release sites into a readily accessible file for future reference
  • Assist in releasing animals as directed
  • Work cheerfully and cooperatively with the animal care staff and volunteers in performing whatever tasks are needed in order to ensure the smooth operation of the Alabama Wildlife Center
One full-time 3-month position available @ $1,280/month

Start date: Mid May - Mid August

 


Media Internship (Unpaid)

Requirements: Experience and/or formal education in the field desirable, but not required.
 
Goal: To assist the Executive Director in heightening awareness and understanding of the Alabama Wildlife Center and its mission on behalf of native wild birds through the use of a wide range of media resources.
 
Duties:
  • Monitor Animal Care Program for stories highlighting various aspects of AWC’s work in order to develop interpretive material based on these stories for educational use at AWC and also for distribution through our e-newsletter, website, Facebook page and local and national media outlets.
  • Maintain and add to a photo collection for media distribution, as well as for educational programs and displays, fund-raising appeals, website Facebook and e-newsletter.
  • Work with the Executive Director and other staff members on the development of interpretive material for educational displays at AWC, as well as for traveling displays, brochures, and other outlets.
  • Prepare and distribute press releases of current stories to media on a regular basis.
  • Cultivate media contacts, and serve as liaison for media contacts to make sure they received prompt and courteous attention.
  • Research and document media outlets both local and national for distribution of press releases and other informational material.
  • Coordinate publicity for AWC events and activities
  • Maintain website and Facebook updates on weekly basis or as requested.
  • Coordinate and assist in preparing the AWC e-newsletter, fundraising appeals and other materials sent to AWC members.
  • Other duties as assigned
1 unpaid position available, 20-40 hours per week, flexible schedule required including some weekend and evening hours.
 



Mandy Faust Education/Rehabilitation Internship (Paid) -- Internship has been filled.  2018 position will open on January 1, 2018.

Assist AWC staff and volunteers in the daily care and maintenance of glove-trained birds of prey. Responsibilities include food preparation, feeding, maintaining accurate records, ensuring that flight cages are clean and habitat is appropriate to accommodate each bird. Assist in the care of display raptor residents on the Treetop Nature Trail. Prepare food, provide enrichment, and clean enclosures as directed.
 
Assist with presentation of education programs to school groups, scouts and civic organizations, participate in outreach opportunities, lead tours of Center and Treetop Nature Trail as directed by the Director of Education and Outreach. Also assist in planning and execution of AWC's summer day camp.
 
Assist AWC staff/volunteers in providing professional care for rehabilitating clinic patients. Maintain accurate care records, feeding, and appropriate housing for each species and assist with coordination of releases. A written summary of learning outcomes is required upon completion of the internship.
 
One 3-4 month full-time internship @ $1,280/month. Start approximately mid May-mid August. Will include some night and weekend work.