Wildlife Husbandry ​Fall Internships

Sun, Sep 24, 2023
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Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

Fall internships have a minimum requirement of 12 hours per week that will be completed within a weekly schedule determined prior to beginning the internship. Interns are required to commit to a 4-5 month internship period. Hour commitments are based on seasonal needs.

No two days in wildlife rehabilitation are the same. Interns must be flexible, dedicated, dependable, and comfortable working as part of a team with fellow interns and volunteers. As well as communicating with the public as needed, interns will carry out a weekly set schedule that they are accountable for during the entirety of their internship.

Wildlife Husbandry Interns (12 hours/week) As a Wildlife Husbandry Intern, you will play a vital role in all aspects of our wildlife rehabilitation operations. This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in wildlife care, rehabilitation processes, and facility management while contributing to the well-being of injured and orphaned wildlife in Western North Carolina. This internship provides an immersive experience in various aspects of wildlife care and rehabilitation, based on the intern’s interest.


  • Wildlife Rehabilitation: Participate in the full rehabilitation process, including feeding, cleaning, record-keeping, and monitoring the progress of wildlife patients. Assist in the medical treatment and documentation as directed by staff. Observe and learn how to safely handle, feed, and care for various species of wildlife.
  • Daily Animal Care: Provide attentive and compassionate care to injured and orphaned wildlife and their enclosures. Ensure enclosures are clean, safe, and appropriately equipped for the animals’ needs. Assist with feeding schedules and dietary preparations.
  • Animal Husbandry: Learn and practice proper animal husbandry techniques to ensure the well-being of the wildlife in our care. Assist with environmental enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors.
  • Wildlife Transport and Communication: Support wildlife transport efforts as needed, ensuring the safe and secure transfer of animals. Collaborate with the wildlife rehabilitation network in Western North Carolina to facilitate seamless communication and animal transfers.
  • Facility Upkeep and Maintenance: Contribute to the cleanliness and organization of the rehabilitation facility. Assist in facility maintenance tasks to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.


  • The internship requires a commitment of at least 5 months.
  • Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate academic schedules.
  • The intern will work approximately 12 hours per week at the wildlife rehabilitation facility in Candler, NC.


  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Dedication and reliability.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting with fellow interns and volunteers.
  • Passion for the rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife.


  • Gain invaluable hands-on experience in wildlife rehabilitation and animal care.
  • Learn from experienced professionals in the field of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
  • Develop critical skills in animal husbandry, medical care, and facility management.
  • Contribute to the conservation efforts of a respected wildlife refuge.
  • Opportunity to explore various aspects of a non-profit organization.