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We are currently accepting internship applications! 

Interns selected on a rolling basis

Minimum 6-month commitment

Apply Today!

To apply, complete the Internship Application and send to careers@keepthemflying.org 

Please include your resume and cover letter

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Avian Care Internship

Interns are invaluable to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. We are happy to provide 6-month, paid internships to individuals who are interested and passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.  The unique ecosystem of the Florida Keys creates a great opportunity for interns to gain knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of avian species. From seabirds and shorebirds to raptors and songbirds, interns can expect to work hands-on alongside our Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators at Mission Wild Bird and independently at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary.

Our Avian Care internship consists of 5-day, 40-hour (sometimes more) work weeks. The schedule is split up so that individuals will be working 3-4 days a week at our Wild Bird Hospital and 1-2 days a week at our Sanctuary. We provide a $250 bi-weekly stipend and shared intern housing located on-site at our Sanctuary. 

Hospital Duties include: 

  • Daily cleaning and feeding of Hospital patients

  • Maintaining hospital cleanliness (i.e. sweeping, mopping, laundry, etc.)

  • Keeping detailed and updated records on rehab patients

  • Administering medication and fluid therapy

  • Helping rehabilitators with medical procedures including wound care, fecal floats, and X-Rays

  • Performing bird rescues, intakes, and releases

  • Being on-call for bird emergency calls at least two nights per week

  • Performing after-hours bird intakes
     

Sanctuary Duties include:

  • Daily husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents (i.e. feeding, cleaning, checking enclosures, cleaning perches)

  • Picking up donated fish from local marine centers and sorting fish for quality

  • Feeding and cleaning of rehabilitation patients in medical and flight cages

  • Occasional weighing of patients, assessing condition, and noting diet changes

  • Researching, organizing, and providing enrichment for residents

  • Interacting with visitors

Qualifications:

  • At least 21 years old

  • Willing to work 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays with occasional evenings

  • 6 month commitment

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and work in hot, humid, and rainy weather conditions

  • Capable of multitasking and handling physically and mentally stressful tasks

  • Ability to interact with the public in a professional manner

  • Have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and ability to work well with others 

  • Valid Driver's License and clean driving record

*Start dates are flexible* 

How to Apply

To apply, complete the Internship Application and send to careers@keepthemflying.org 

Please include your resume and cover letter.

Meet Our Interns!

Click here to read about some of our past interns!

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