TWRC Wildlife Center would like to invite college students and aspiring professionals in the Zoology, Wildlife Biology and Pre-Vet, and Public Relations/Marketing fields to apply for our unpaid internship opportunities. Internships are available in our Animal Care Program, General Center, Public Relations/Marketing, Education and our Wildlife Vet Room.
All of our internship experiences are hands-on and are overseen by our trained staff. Throughout your internship, we will offer you training in wildlife handling and care, non-profit business practices, and specialized training helping to give you a competitive edge for pursuing your career. Come join us and learn about our mission to promote environmental conservation through public education and the rehabilitation of Texas wildlife.
TWRC is an unforgettable experience that has taught me a deep appreciation for wildlife animals. It provided a diverse opportunity where you get to be hands-on giving medications, fluids, and tube feeding various animals that you do not get to do anywhere else. The staff at TWRC is always willing and able to teach you techniques and skills that will help you across many different fields of study. TWRC is a must for anyone interested in wildlife or veterinary medicine!
~ Kathy Hulbert
Wildlife Internship Program Overview
Fall internship dates September to December:
Applications Accepted from May 1st to July 31st
Spring internship dates February to May:
Applications Accepted from to October 1st to January 31st
Summer Internships dates May to August:
Applications Accepted to Januray1st to March 31st
Minimum Requirements for all Internships:
- Interns must attend a training orientation.
- Interns must be at least 18 years old by the internship application due date and currently enrolled in college.
- Interns must commit to a minimum of 200 hours but may be as high as 400 hours, at least 3 Shifts a week and 4 to 9 hours a shift.
- Must be available to work all shifts including early morning, late night and weekends.
- Any applicable college credit (or additional requirements) must be arranged by the student through his/her institution and presented to TWRC staff during initial interview.
- Interns must have reliable transportation.
- Interns must be able to lift 40lbs.
- Interns must be able to stand for long periods of time.
- All applicants must provide a current resume and a letter of recommendation from either a professor, teacher or previous employer in their online application.
- Note that the completion of an internship does not guarantee full-time or part-time job placement at TWRC Wildlife Center.
- Applicants should be pursuing a degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, (or a closely related fields) or Pre-Vet or Graduate classes within the same fields.
- Candidates for this position should be friendly, reliable, flexible, motivated, and capable of multi-tasking.
Wildlife Internship Program Description and Qualification
Spots available: 9
Available Spring and Summer
Description: The Wildlife Internship provides interns with comprehensive training in TWRC Wildlife Center’s daily operations and wildlife rehabilitation. Training will include daily operations such as animal admissions, TWRC Hotline and center maintenance. Interns will also gain hands-on experience with small mammals and birds. Our interns work directly with opossums, eastern grey squirrels, fox squirrels, and a large variety of songbirds. This position involves working in a safe clean environment where social distancing and wearing a mask daily is a requirement. Candidates for this position should be friendly, reliable, flexible, motivated, and capable of multi-tasking.
- Working TWRC admission and collecting important information upon animal intake
- Answering hotline calls and providing correct guidance to the caller
- Willing to learn and execute appropriate handling of all species
- Diet preparation and feeding for small mammals and birds in our onsite Animal Care Program
- Responsible for setting up caging, cleaning cages and providing enrichment.
- Provide limited medical care (such as administering medication and giving fluids) under the supervision of program managers
- Working together with staff and volunteers to complete daily tasks
- Communicate closely with Managers, Supervisors, and other staff members
- Assist education staff with other important tasks to prepare for future programs
- Responsible for main center duties such as caring for education animals
- Responsible for doing laundry, dishes or cleaning areas when assigned
- Complete Opening and Closing Checklists
- Follow all COVID protocols daily; failure to comply will result in disciplinary action or removal from internship program.