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.

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

Terms of Internship: 

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

  • Must pay a Volunteer Membership fee of $28 (This will cover the cost of training materials, t-shirt, & supplies)

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

  • Year-round opportunities are available 

    • Seasons:​

      • Spring: February - May

      • Summer: May - August

      • Fall: August - November 

  • Interns must provide their own transportation

  • Interns must arrange for their own housing

  • Intern positions are unpaid

To Apply: Submit your resume, 3 references (or 2 written recommendations), and a cover letter to rrivard@mowildlife.org stating why you would like to intern with the Wildlife Rescue Center, and how this internship/externship  

relates to your future professional goals.

  • Include season for desired internship:

    • Spring:  February - May

    • Summer:  May - August

    • Fall:   August - November

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Wildlife Rehabilitation, Animal Care, St. Louis Missouri

Hands on Training  

We provide our Interns with hands on training in a variety of wildlife rehabilitation practices including patient intake and treatment. 

Wildlife Rehabilitation, Animal Care, St. Louis Missouri

Leaders in the Field 

With admission of 3,000 wildlife patients each year, the Wildlife Rescue Center is one of the leaders in the field of Wildlife Rehabilitation. 

Rescuing, Rehabilitating, Releasing Native Wildlife Since 1979

Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center

Phone: (636) 394-1880
Fax: (636) 394-8143

1128 New Ballwin Road
Ballwin, MO 63021

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