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Fund for Animals Wildlife Center (HSUS)
18740 Highland Valley Road
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 4 Full-time, Unpaid
DescriptionThe mission of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, a program of The Humane Society of the United States, is to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people, through education advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion. Interns at FFWAC have the opportunity to learn about native wildlife in rehabilitation as well as the exotic species who are residents of our Sanctuary.
An "intern" is anyone who chooses to perform services for FFA without monetary compensation but may be provided with on-site housing and academic credit, and who completes a specific project at the direction of and on behalf of FFA. Interns must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
Internships are available year-round for a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 12 weeks up to 40 hours per week for at least 6 weeks; a total minimum commitment of 240 hours. Interns participate in the same activities as volunteers but in a more intense and individualized capacity. Interns will develop their own independent project which they must complete by the end of their term; the project will be confirmed with staff (and any applicable academic advisor) within the first 2 weeks of the intern’s program. On-site housing may be available for interns committing at least 30 hours per week and will be discussed after receipt of the initial application; please note your interest in housing accommodations in your cover letter. As interns may be traveling from outside of the area, in-person orientations are not required and a phone or Skype interview can be scheduled instead. At least two letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application form when applying for an internship. Copies of any academic requirements should also be submitted. International interns are solely responsible for obtaining any required Visas.
Responsibilities• Feeding/watering designated in measured amounts using diet instructions
• Cleaning enclosure which may include raking, weeding, sweeping platforms, and climbing ladders up to 8 foot areas
• Launder towels and bedding as needed
• Empty and wash/sanitize dishes daily
• Learn to identify animals as individuals
• Write detailed animal care notes as directed
• Assist medical staff with care for rehab animals.
• Indentify potential health issues in animals and ensure notes are provided to the medical staff
• Follow all directions provided
• Must be willing and able to work around skunks, raptors, bobcats, and coyotes.
• Assist with intakes of new rehab patients from the public and agency rescues.
• Complete a unique project that is mutually agreed upon by the intern and staff which meets the requirements of the academic program and benefits FFA.
Requirements• Interns must be able to write animal care notes in English and will be required to enter such notes into the Daily Logs for each animal they assist with before the end of the volunteer’s shift.
• Must be able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities Document
• Should have access to a computer and ability to login into an online volunteer communication site to receive updates
• Ability to learn, follow directions, and make appropriate suggestions
• Have the ability to speak about the work of FFAWC and Wildlife Rehabilitation methods as outlined by the California Department of Fish and Game
• Must have a thorough understanding of HSUS’ mission and major campaigns