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Hands On Experience 

Interns at the Wildlife Rescue Center receive hands on training in a variety of skill sets related to animal care and wildlife rehabilitation.  


Leaders in the Field 

The Wildlife Rescue Center is the largest professional wildlife rehabilitation organization in Missouri. 



Animal Care interns learn and perform the fundamentals of wildlife rehabilitation. Including daily cleaning, feeding, and care of wild patients. 

Wildlife Rescue Center Internships

The Wildlife Rescue Center offers Animal Care internships designed for individuals pursuing studies in pre-veterinary medicine, fish and
wildlife management, zoology, conservation biology and related fields.

This incredible immersive experience isn't just for college students!

Our internships are a great way for anyone to gain experience in wildlife rehabilitation and animal care. All internship applicants will be held to the same application process and quality of performance. Please see below for more details.

Animal Care Interns learn and perform the fundamentals of wildlife rehabilitation, including daily cleaning, feeding and care of wild patients, helping staff with admissions, triage and treatment procedures and aiding with releases and rescues.


We are looking for interns who are willing to work hard and learn throughout the duration of their internship. We find that the most successful applicants are those who are team players with strong attention to detail.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Possess a positive attitude; be a team player and exhibit a strong attention to detail

  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing with staff and volunteer team

  • Ability to do rigorous outdoor work in all types of weather

  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks and lift up to 50 pounds

  • Ability to work calmly and efficiently in a fast-paced, sometimes intense environment

  • Willingness to learn and accept supervision and constructive feedback


  • 12-16 week commitment, minimum 21-24 hour work week is expected; Schedule will be determined between supervisory staff and intern

  • Must attend a Orientation & R1 Animal Care Training Course (3 Hours)​​

  • Year-round opportunities are available

    • Seasons:​

      • Summer 2024: May - August 

      • Fall 2024: August - November

  • Interns must provide their own transportation

  • Interns must arrange for their own housing

  • Intern positions are unpaid

To Apply:  Submit your resume, two written recommendations, and a cover letter to stating why you would like to intern with the Wildlife Rescue Center, and how this internship relates to your future professional goals.

  • Include season for desired internship:

    • Fall:   August - November

    • Summer:  May - August

    • Spring: March - May 

2024 Summer application deadline = April 1, 2024.

Now accepting Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 applications.


For complete information, please click the details button.

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