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Employment at West Sound Wildlife



The West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) is a wildlife hospital, rehabilitation and education facility and serves as the primary rehabilitation center for Kitsap County, and other counties in the western Puget Sound region. We rehabilitate injured, sick and orphaned wildlife, giving them a second chance at life. We strive to follow best practices when it comes to care for our patients and our education animals.

In addition to our rehabilitation efforts, WSWS works with the greater western Puget Sound community on habitat and species conservation and education. We have partnerships with several local community groups and work with the cities of Bainbridge Island, Gig Harbor, Kingston, Port Gamble, and Poulsbo, to promote conservation, education, and awareness.

WSWS holds rehabilitation permits from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and a federal permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowing WSWS to rehabilitate migratory birds. We are also part of NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Stranding Network and assist with local strandings and rescues. The Shelter holds a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit to possess non-releasable raptors for educational programs. The permanent WSWS staff is comprised of the executive director, the special events and development coordinator, two full-time licensed wildlife rehabilitators, one full-time licensed veterinary techician, and one wildlife assistant/receptionist. The entire wildlife care team includes the shelter staff, seasonal employees, seasonal interns, more than 70 wildlife care and support volunteers, and 5 volunteer veterinarians.

WSWS is a member of the Washington Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (WWRA) - www.wwrawildlife.org, National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA)- www.nwrawildlife.org and International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC)-www.iwrc-online.org.

STAFF POSITIONS

There are currently no permanent staff positions available.


Internships (UNPAID)

Terms of Internships

Internships are unpaid positions, and we do not provide housing or relocation assistance. Internship positions are available starting in April and end in October. The exact schedule will be determined by need, by the hospital staff. Individual start dates will be arranged based on the applicants’ schedule and the Shelter’s needs. Full-time internship positions will be 32 hours a week for 10 weeks; typical schedules will be Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat with hours from 9 AM to 5 PM, or from 12 PM to 8 PM, depending on internship, with breaks and lunches. Adjustments to days and times can be discussed during application and interview.

For more information and to apply, click on the links below.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship

Admissions/Front Desk Internship



Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship

Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife for return back into the wild. The internship will give interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will work with staff and seasoned volunteers to help wildlife patients. Some of the practical skills learned will include individual species identification, behavior, and natural history, wildlife husbandry, animal handling, infant animal feeding, and medical care. While West Sound Wildlife Shelter is committed to both rehabilitation and education, interns will not be working directly with our permanent resident education animals.

Job duties

  • Setting up and maintaining animal enclosures (infant cages, weaning cages, outside cages)
  • Cleaning: cages, dishes, floors, laundry
  • Infant care:
    • In the hospital nursery including but limited to:
      • Small mammals (e.g., chipmunks, opossums, and squirrels)
      • Songbirds (wrens, sparrows, robins, swallows)
    • Raccoon nursery
    • Waterfowl nursery (geese, gulls, several duck species)
  • Diet preparation
    • Formulas
    • Weaning diets
    • Raptor diets (includes preparing dead prey - you will not be excluded from consideration if you are uncomfortable with dead prey diet preparation)
  • Patient handling and proper restraint techniques
  • Enrichment (cage setup, diet and supplements, foraging behaviors)
  • Assessment of animals for meeting requirements for weaning, moving outside, and release)
  • Assisting with animal intake and physical examinations
  • Other tasks as required

Requirements

  • Applicants must be current college students or recent graduates with an interest in biology and
    wildlife-related fields
  • All applicants must have:
    • a current tetanus shot
    • proof of health insurance or willing to sign a waiver
    • housing and your own transportation
  • All applicants must be able to:
    • work independently
    • be on your feet for long stretches of time (6+ hours)
    • carry 30 pounds
    • work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays
    • communicate via email
    • speak, read and write the English language fluently
  • Understand that is is an UNPAID position

Click here for application information


Wildlife Admissions / Front Desk Internship

West Sound Wildlife Shelter rehabilitates injured, orphaned and sick wildlife giving them a second chance at life, and promotes the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through public outreach, education, and involvement. Every year the Shelter answers thousands of phone calls from people seeking answers to their questions concerning wildlife.

Interns will assist staff in answering phone calls and admitting new patients to the hospital. As the first person members of the public may interact with, it is important that they receive accurate information and excellent service. Skills learned include customer service, species identification and natural history, and human-wildlife conflict resolution. Expansive previous knowledge is not necessary; we will teach you on the job. Interns will also assist with entering patient data into the database; attention to detail and accurate typing skills are essential.

Job duties

  • Admit wildlife patients to the hospital including accepting and placing patients in holding
  • Gather information from the finder(s) and ensure all paperwork is completed properly
  • Answer phone calls and advise members of the public on wildlife issues and patient status
  • Assist in entering patient information into the database if time permits
  • Use the wildlife database to look up patient information

Requirements

  • Applicants must be current college students or recent graduates with an interest in biology and
    wildlife-related fields
  • All applicants must have:
    • a current tetanus shot
    • proof of health insurance or willing to sign a waiver
    • housing and your own transportation
    • accurate computer skills for data entry
  • All applicants must be able to:
    • interact with people in a positive manner
    • maintain a positive and helpful attitude, even in sensitive situations
    • work independently
    • work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays
    • communicate via email
    • speak, read and write the English language fluently
  • Understand that is is an UNPAID position

Click here for application information


To Apply for Internships:

Please submit the following:

  • Current resume
  • Letter of intent (cover letter) detailing your career goals and what you hope to gain from the internship
  • College transcript (copies ok)
  • Two personal references
  • Proof of current tetanus immunization (within the last 10 years)

All materials should be submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Send application via mail or email to:

West Sound Wildlife Shelter
Attn: Employment
7501 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

or email to:
employment@westsoundwildlife.org

 

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