Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is a non-profit organization. This is our mission statement:
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is dedicated to: the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife; the promotion, understanding, appreciation, protection and conservation of wildlife through our Educational Outreach Programs and our advocacy efforts. Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue also makes charitable contributions to animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations as authorized by the Board.
Our internships are set up to help us fulfill our mission statement and interns will contribute in all aspects of our statement throughout their internship. Each session is a minimum of 12 weeks. Interns will assist in any area that may be lacking help as well as accomplish regular duties each week.
12 weeks - Level 1 Intern
If an intern completes the 12 week internship and wishes to commit to another 12 weeks, that individual will be trusted to perform more tasks and learn additional aspects of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue.
24 weeks - Level 2 Intern
These are only examples of what can possibly be done. These skills are not guaranteed and will be taught on a case by case basis. Some aspects of the internship are season dependent.
Spring, summer, fall, & winter internships are now available! Work alongside the staff and other volunteers to provide care to wildlife patients and keep the facility running smoothly. Please read through all internship information prior to applying. Application deadlines can be found here.
This summer we are teaming up with The Bird Rescue Center of Santa Rosa to recruit and select interns for both facilities. While the application process is the same, our organizations are separate entities. Depending on your interest you can apply for one or both rehab centers
Applications for Summer 2021 are due by March 31st, 2021.
If applying for Winter please keep in mind that it is our slow season. While there is animal care that needs to be done, the main focus of winter are projects. Interns who are pursing veterinary, biology, or ecological educational tracks in a professional career in wildlife will be given special consideration.
While no previous animal experience is required, there are certain aspects of the job that need to be considered.
This position is unpaid.
Schedules may be flexible, but you must commit to a minimum 3-day week, working 8 hours each day. A 5-day week is preferred, but we understand if you need to have a job to afford living in Sonoma County. You must attend the mandatory intern orientation.
To apply, complete the Google Form (includes questions, resume, cover letter and references) There is no fee to apply, but for interns who decide to participate in the program, there is a $50 administrative fee, payable at the end of the orientation. Scholarships are available for those with limited means.
Apply using this Animal Care Internship Application Google Form.
For more information:
Contact Victoria Harris, Intern Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2021 - Applications open 1/1/2021 - Applications due 3/31/2021
Summer session ranges from May to September
Fall 2021 - Applications open 6/1/2021 - Applications due 7/31/2021
Fall session ranges from September to November
Winter 2021/2022 - Applications open 9/1/2021 - Applications due 10/31/2021
Winter ranges from December to February
Spring 2022 - Applications open 11/1/2021 - Applications due 12/31/2021
Spring session ranges from February to May
*Dates are subject to change and will be finalized at the time we begin accepting applications.