Each year the Center admits approximately 2,400 mammals, birds and reptiles that are sick, injured, or displaced and in need of medical care. The Volunteer Wildlife Technician Internship Program gives a hands-on experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation.

Interns assist and support professional rehabilitators in the daily care of wildlife patients.

Interns gain valuable, practical experience in species identification and natural history, proper husbandry techniques, diet and nutrition, animal handling and feeding, record keeping, medication administration, zoonoses, team building, and many other skills. Internships are intense, physically demanding, and fast-paced.


Applicants must be current college students, recent graduates or career changers, possess a strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation and be able to:

●Work independently and as part of a team

●Pay attention to detail and take initiative

●Perform tedious tasks for long periods of time

●Do rigorous outdoor work in all types of weather

●Read, write and speak English fluently

●Work quickly and efficiently while precisely following instructions and protocols

●Perform physically demanding tasks and lift up to 40lbs 

●Have a current driver’s license and reliable transportation

Internship Terms & Job Duties

●Successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 12 weeks consecutive weeks

●Three days off are permitted with prior permission.  Missed days must be made up.

●Summer internship is mid-May until mid-August

●Fall internship is mid-September to mid-December

●Interns work 24 hours per week including weekends and holidays (schedules will be discussed prior to start of internship)

●Interns are unpaid, but the experience is invaluable!

●Housing and transportation assistance is not provided


•Set up and clean animal enclosures

•Preparing daily diets

•Hand-feed infant mammals and birds

•Laundry, dishes and general cleaning

•Other tasks as required


For an application, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 609-303-0552 ext. 103 or at jrakosyates@mercercounty.org.  The deadline for applications is March 31, 2018

                                               2015 VOLUNTEER WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN INTERNS

                                               2015 VOLUNTEER WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN INTERNS