TWRC Wildlife Center Internship Program
TWRC Wildlife Center would like to invite college students and aspiring professionals in the Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Pre-Vet, and Public Relations/Marketing fields to apply for our unpaid internship opportunities. Each of our internship opportunities are interactive and overseen by our trained staff. TWRC Interns will be exposed to our administrative, rehabilitation, education, animal care and marketing programs as well as assist with our daily operations and special events. 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
“I chose to intern at TWRC because I loved their mission statement. When I saw I could learn how to engage the public in conservation efforts with the ambassador animals, I knew this was the right place for me!” ~ Clare Schwabenland
TWRC Wildlife Center Internship Program Terms
Fall Internship Term, September to December
Application accepted from June 1st to July 31st
Spring Internship Term, February to May
Applications accepted from November 1st to December 31st
Summer Internship Term, May to August
Applications accepted from February 15th to April 15th
TWRC Wildlife Center Internship Program Position Description
Position Title: TWRC Wildlife Center Intern
Hours/Week: 4 shifts a week with 4 to 9 hours a shift for three months, requires minimum completion of 200 hours but maybe as high as 400 hours
Wage/Salary: Unpaid Internship
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.
Duties may include:
- Working TWRC admissions 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 staff and volunteers
- 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
- Follow all COVID protocols daily; failure to comply will result in disciplinary action or removal from the internship program.
- 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 maybe as high as 400 hours), at least 4 shifts a week, and 4 to 9 hours a shift.
- Must be available to work all shifts including early mornings, late nights, 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 the 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 closely related field), or Pre-Vet or Graduate classes within the same fields.
TWRC Wildlife Center prefers that all personnel be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the wildlife in our care and to help prevent future outbreaks. If a volunteer is unable to receive a vaccination because of medical, personal, or religious beliefs, they may fill out an exemption form. Anyone unable to show proof of full vaccination status*, regardless of exemption, will need to provide proof of a negative FDA authorized self-kit which must be purchased by the employee and performed in-person 15 minutes before the beginning of each shift. *full vaccination status = 2 doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well as any boosters, if eligible.
Please complete our registration form by clicking on the link below. In addition, we request that you email your resume and a letter of recommendation to [email protected] by the above-requested date for your preferred internship term. Any questions can be directed to the same email address.