Summer Intern Program


Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern (Primarily Avian)
New Mexico Wildlife Center

(Open to U.S. citizens only)
Seeking 4 candidates total


New Mexico Wildlife Center, roughly 25 minutes north of Santa Fe, works to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships and responsible wildlife rehabilitation. The wildlife hospital at NMWC receives up to 1,000 injured or orphaned wild animals a year from around the state. The hospital team at NMWC is able to return approximately 69% of our patients back to the wild.


An interest in wildlife rehabilitation with some experience working with wild or domestic animals in a supervised animal care setting: zoo, rehabilitation, veterinary, biological research.

  • Demonstrated ability to take direction, follow care instructions and complete tasks
  • A currently enrolled student in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program with an interest in pursuing a wildlife, veterinary, vet tech, biology or related degree
  • Must provide three professional reference contacts from work or related experiences with application materials


Supervised by the Rehabilitation staff; Assist the Rehabilitation staff with all aspects of care in wildlife hospital to include (but not limited to): Physical assessment and stabilization of incoming animals, food preparation, feeding, medication administration, radiograph reading, charting, following medical orders, animal management, release preparation.

This internship is very hands-on from start to finish. This is not a grunt-work only position. We rely heavily on the skills and abilities of the intern during these busy months! Intern must be competent and confident in their ability to work with others as well as on their own. Working conditions are hot and dry with long hours. Intern should be comfortable getting dirty as well as comfortable around bloody/messy situations within the clinic.

The intern may have opportunities to observe surgical procedures (limited opportunity).

NMWC does NOT rehabilitate coyote, fox, skunk or raccoon. Therefore, there will likely not be opportunity for mammal handling/experience of these species without special circumstance.


  • Intern agrees to be available 40-50 hours per week for ten weeks from early June – August. All schedules will include weekend/holiday shifts. Internship end dates are flexible depending on students return to school dates
  • Possible opportunities for extending the internship an additional two weeks (unpaid), housing provided. If interested, please state in cover letter.
  • Intern agrees to participate in an intern orientation session
  • Intern agrees to participate in periodic progress review with supervisor
  • Intern agrees to complete an exit interview or paper survey at the
    end of internship
  • Intern agrees to take part in weekly group quizzes to demonstrate the understanding of material being taught
  • Intern agrees to complete an itemized skills checklist prior to
    completing internship


  • NWMC agrees to provide training and supervision to intern
  • NWMC agrees to provide opportunities for skill enhancement
  • NWMC agrees to pay intern a stipend of $1,000 and provide on-site housing for duration of internship
  • NWMC agrees to provide an opportunity for feedback on
    intern experience


Please provide a cover letter and resume that includes current education status and work history that relates to work with animals along with three professional reference contacts (please include email contact). Applications are accepted December 12th, 2016 – February 3rd, 2017 for the following summer. Interviews will commence in late February. Internship begins in very early June, specific dates to be determined when interns are selected. All interns must start on the same date, thus there will be no flexibility in start date.

Please email them to

or mail them to:
Alissa Mundt
New Mexico Wildlife Center
Post Office Box 246
Espanola, New Mexico 87532

**Please ensure you include: current contact information, a short description of interest in the internship and three references, dates of availability and interest in two week (unpaid) extension in your application. Thank you.

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