Internships and Externships
Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship (Four, 10-week sessions; unpaid)
During this wildlife rehabilitation internship, you will assist staff and volunteers with all aspects of animal care, while gaining:
- Direct wildlife care experience under the supervision of California Wildlife Center staff.
- Experience with raptors, songbirds, land mammals, pelagic birds and marine mammals.
- The opportunity to learn the local, state, and federal requirements in the care and treatment of protected and endangered species.
- Advanced skills from wildlife experts with hands-on experience and through specialized classes.
Residency on-site is limited to two people per session; therefore, housing and transportation are generally the responsibility of the intern.
Marine Mammal Response Internship (Two, 8-week sessions; two positions per session; may be eligible to receive academic credit)
This internship will provide an exciting and challenging educational experience in the marine mammal field, while also allowing for additional hands-on experience with other native California wildlife. The interns will be working closely with the Marine Mammal staff in all aspects of stranding response; including logistics, assessment, capture/restraint, transport to the marine mammal rehabilitation facility, educating the public and public relations. In addition, interns will provide support to CWC Hospital staff in animal husbandry tasks for avian and terrestrial wildlife.
Wildlife Medicine Externship
Under the tutelage of CWC Animal Care Director, Duane Tom, DVM, externs will work on-site at CWC’s facilities in the Santa Monica Mountains; five sessions during spring, summer and fall; two qualified participants per session.
Experience in wildlife rehabilitation and/or work in domestic veterinary clinics is highly recommended. However, because this program is directed at providing an introduction to wildlife medicine, enthusiasm and the ability to learn are the most important qualities.
Veterinary students and pre-veterinary applicants as well as those applicants who demonstrate a prolonged interest and a career in wildlife medicine will be given priority.
Other Volunteer Opportunities