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Wildlife Internship


Are you looking to pursue a career in wildlife? Here at Puget Sound WildCare we offer a hands-on internship where you will get to work with a variety of local wildlife animals. You will learn from 3 licensed wildlife rehabilitators, two of which are also licensed DVM's. The wildlife center is adjoined with Sawyer Lake Veterinary Hospital where interns will have a chance to learn how to use different equipment to examine and care for our patients. 

At the end of your time here, interns will have experience in the following:

  • Wildlife husbandry

  • Animal handling and restraint

  • Wound management

  • Animal identification

  • Animal capture

  • Administering medications

  • Public speaking and outreach

  • Animal diet preparation

  • Animal enrichment

  • And more!


  • Work hands-on in the rehabilitation of many wildlife species including small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, some birds, coyotes, and raccoons.

  • Interns will work on capture and restraint methods to assist the public when encountering injured wildlife safely so as to not cause any further injury to the animal.

  • Community service to help the public is a significant component of Puget Sound WildCare's mission. Part of this internship is assisting the public with their encounters with wildlife. This might include techniques on how to capture the animal for transport to a center without injury to the public or animal. Many rehabilitation centers are not available to accept the animal or are closed.

  • Public education is a huge part of our work. We teach people to appreciate wildlife and help them do what is needed to not harm the wildlife that is found.

  • Included in this internship is helping to keep a database of calls to use in data analysis.

  • Additionally, you would assist in developing and producing with local professionals, PSA’s (public service announcements) to teach the public about the local wildlife that may or may not need their help. Interns get author credit for their work on PSA’s.

  • We offer intermittent field trips for the public and interns can work with naturalists on these events.

  • We work with people who need us and want to support us to help develop stable sources of funding to enable us to grow.

  • This work is hands-on and not remote.

  • Each intern will complete their own project by the end of their internship that will enhance their learning and the work that PSWC can complete.

  • We offer both full time and part time internships with flexible start dates. Interns are expected to complete the full term of their internship to earn a letter of recommendation from our team. Most internships will span the equivalence of 3 months full time, or 480 hours. 


Number of positions available:




College student or new graduate with an interest in urban and suburban wildlife species with skills in basic statistical analysis using Excel. Must be able to work with the public in a guidance role. Training on specifics is provided.

Required Qualifications: 

- Possess creativity, flexibility, variety, and growth potential 

- Should be open-minded, a fast learner, enthusiastic, and adaptable 

- Requires self-confidence and ability to interact on a professional level 

- Interests in wildlife protection and assisting people with their wildlife issues 

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

- Ability to work diligently and complete tasks on time 

- Ability to work in small teams 

- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills 


Preferred Qualifications: 

- Pursuing or possessing a Bachelor’s Degree 

- Previous experience with data management and entry 

- Previous experience with Excel 

-Previous experience with the program R

If you are interested in applying please email your resume, a cover letter, and an unofficial copy of transcripts to

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