Avian Sanctuary Internship

Website Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Position Description

Sanctuary interns master the art of animal husbandry while caring for over 100 non-releasable birds (including more than 30 different species) that call the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary their home. Working as a sanctuary intern with the FKWBC is a great opportunity to gain experience caring for animals in captivity.


  • Daily bird husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents including feeding, cleaning, observing behavior, enclosure inspections, replacing/cleaning perches, washing dishes, and more.
  • Picking up donated fish from local marine centers and sifting fish for quality.
    Helping with regular clean up of facility including scrubbing the boardwalk to trimming vegetation.
  • Assist in bird rescues, intakes, and releases.
  • Feeding and cleaning rehabilitation patients in medical cages and flight cage with occasional weighing patients and assessing condition.
  • Organize and look after enrichment for the sanctuary residents.
  • Help with any educational events (ex: sanctuary tours, field trips) as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager.

Immediate Supervisor

Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager


  • Thrives in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic computer, telephone, data collection and data filing skills.
  • Experience handling animals is preferable, but not required.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to pick up and carry 50 pounds, possibly into and out of vehicles.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors despite poor weather conditions.
  • The FKWBC’s two properties are smoke-free zones; able to respect the smoke-free zones.

Scheduling Commitment

Sanctuary interns typically work a standard 5-day, 40-hour work week which includes making after-hours/on-call bird rescues when needed.

To apply for this job please visit the following URL: http://www.keepthemflying.org/internship-application/ →