Volunteer And Internships
We Can’t Do It Without You!
Our facility runs on volunteers and Florida Wildlife Hospital volunteers are a special breed. They donate their time and are rewarded with rich experiences. We hope to provide experiences that make the giving of your time worthwhile and enriching. There are endless opportunities to learn about our native wildlife while volunteering for us.
Volunteers can serve in many different ways, depending on their interests, availability, and the needs of the facility. Opportunities include:
- General hospital housekeeping (including daily washing of crates, dishes, laundry, mopping)
- Animal care (prepare food, feed animals, walk turtles, and keep cages and baskets clean)
- Administrative (office help, mass mail-outs, merchandise sales, event support)
- Maintenance and Landscaping
- Fundraising and Grant Writing
- Outreach and Education
- Transport/ rescue
Volunteers may also choose to serve in more than one area!
- Must be 16 years of age or older (Minors are required to have a signed parent permission form)
- Required to commit at least 3 hours per shift
- Typical volunteer shifts are 9 am – 12:30 pm and 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
- Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours before hours will be signed
- Must pass a general background check (Pre-trial Diversion or Court Ordered Community Service is not accepted at this time)
- There is a $20 registration charge which will be collected at orientation. This fee will include your orientation, an FWH T-shirt, and eventually, your permanent name tag once you qualify.
Interested in Becoming an FWH Intern?
The Florida Wildlife Hospital offers unique unpaid internship opportunities for students with an interest in native Florida wildlife. Internships are available year-round at our facility in Palm Shores, Florida. We offer two internship opportunities, an Animal Care internship, and a Non-Profit Management internship, for students or recent graduates studying related topics. Descriptions for each position are available below.
Animal Care Internship
- Offered in 12-week intervals: Spring (February – April), Summer (May – July), Fall (August – October), or Winter (November – January). Exact dates will be dependent upon school end/start dates.
- Learn to identify native species, set up age- and species-appropriate environments, choose, prepare, and feed nutritious diets, and assist with medical treatments.
- There may also be opportunities to work in our lab (blood analysis and parasite checks), assist with admission and treatment of patients, and visit nearby wildlife, zoo, and veterinary facilities.
Non-profit Management Internship
- Offered in 8-week intervals with flexible scheduling.
- Learn what it takes to operate a non-profit facility, assist and learn about fundraising, assist in finding and writing grants, learn about volunteer management, attend an educational outreach event, understand what type of marketing we do, and become familiar with organizing and maintaining a membership database. There may also be opportunities to witness animal releases, assist with volunteer training, and visit other nearby non-profit facilities.
Do You Qualify?
- All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Animal Care Applicants must be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a college program pursuing studies in biology, ornithology, wildlife sciences, environmental studies, pre-veterinary medicine, or a related field.
- Non-Profit Management Applicants must be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a college program pursuing studies in biology, wildlife management, non-profit management, or a related field.
- An in-person mandatory interview (no exceptions) will be conducted on-site in Palm Shores, FL; all costs associated with the in-person interview are the interviewee’s responsibility.
- Reliable transportation, a valid driver license and proof of insurance required.
- A drug test will be required at the discretion of the director, manager, or president; this may occur at any time and for no reason or cause.
- Applicants should have no animal-related allergies.
- All internships with Florida Wildlife Hospital are unpaid, but provide interns with a once in a lifetime hands on, educational experience.
October 17, 2019 @ 3pm
October 19, 2019 @ 11am
December 5, 2019 @ 3pm
December 7, 2019 @ 11am