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Centre Wildlife Care is looking for energetic, dynamic personnel who may be interested in veterinary medicine, zoology, wildlife education and management, animal science or just willing to volunteer a helping hand. Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for CWC. During these months we receive multiple animals a day requiring a team effort. Currently, several programs are provided to accommodate our busy, expanding center:
Animal care volunteers help feed the animals, prepare food, wash dishes, clean cages and/or transport. Centre Wildlife Care, (CWC) takes in wild mammals, birds and reptiles. Most volunteers help 2-4 hours per week at the center with animal care. Some volunteer more hours. The times that one would volunteer would vary depending on CWC's needs and the volunteer's schedule. We ask that volunteers work the same shift on a weekly basis if they choose to do the animal care. We can also use volunteers for other tasks such as fundraising, animal transport, errands, grant writing, painting, computer work and other misc. tasks.
Centre Wildlife Care which provides care to over 1500 wild birds, mammals and reptiles is looking for summer interns. Full-time and part-time internship positions are available for the summer semester at our facility located in Port Matilda, 10 miles from Penn State's main campus. Since CWC is a small rehabilitation facility, interns would be involved with all aspects of the rehabilitation process, which includes physical exams, care, feeding, cleaning, medical treatments, releases, etc. Interns' primary responsibility is to provide care to the wild animals undergoing rehabilitation which includes (but is not limited to) care of educational animals, hand feeding the orphaned babies and cleaning their enclosures. In the summer, CWC receives hundreds of orphaned wildlife including songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, rabbits, deer in addition to rabies vectors such as raccoons and skunks to name a few. Interns must be willing to work with all species (except snakes) and make sure all the animals receive the care that is required. Interns must be willing to work both inside and outside to provide care to the animals and follow established protocols. The possibility exists for interns, depending on their interests, to concentrate on special projects. It is not required to do the internship for credit.
Summer is the most interesting time to volunteer or intern because CWC gets 50% of the animals for the year in May and June in the form of orphaned baby wildlife. Volunteers and interns will get experience feeding and handling a variety of orphaned baby birds and orphaned mammals.
Summer interns (full & part-time) Part-time Summer internships are 20 hr/wk for 13 weeks. Full-time internships are 40 hr/wk for 13 wks.
Summer Internship Requirements
Note: Applications may be taken after March 1st if positions are available.
If you are eligible, you can actually get credit for working at CWC while taking classes full time. Talk to your advisor about how to set up an independent study or internship. The amount of time required depends on how many credits and the department requirements per semester credits. It is typically 40 - 60 hours/semester credit (depending on your department). The hours are spread out over the semester. Rabies vaccines are not required for this type of internship. If you need an advisor, talk to Jana Peters at Penn State's main campus at 814-863-4198 for assistance.
Spring/Fall Internship Requirements
Externships are 40 hours during winter break or spring break and are usually done as part of a class. Please contact your advisor or CWC at email@example.com for more information.
If you are eligible for work-study, you can get paid to work at Centre Wildlife Care. PSU students apply on e-lion or call the main campus financial aid office at 814-865-6301 for more information.
Housing is NOT provided.
Personnel must have transportation. There is no bus service to the CWC location.
Volunteers and interns must be at least 18 years of age to work with the wildlife.
RVS (Rabies Vector Species) Certification
Any volunteers or interns who wish to work with rabies vectors (bats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes and groundhogs) must be RVS certified. To be RVS certified, one must have a recent rabies vaccine (or protective titer) and attend the RVS training.
They are offered once a year in April or May.
It is recommended that volunteers and interns are up-to-date on their tetanus vaccines. (within the last ten years).
It is required that volunteers and interns are vaccinated against coronavirus.