The Bird Center of Washtenaw County is seeking Interns from late April through August. We are open until early November and still need help if the intern is available. Interns will be paid for this position. Housing is not available.

Supervisor Ava tweezer-feeding Chimney Swifts.
Supervisor Ava tweezer-feeding Chimney Swifts.

In 2014, the BC admitted almost 875 songbirds of approximately 65 different species. In 2018, we admitted over 1,000 songbirds. We help injured or abandoned birds. We take over 2,500 phone calls a season. Our mission is to rescue, rehab, and release as many birds as possible. We educate the public how to help the songbirds in a variety of ways. We also provide emergency care for waterfowl species. Interns will be supervised by senior staff and clinic manager Andre Aiuto. The Bird Center works under both Michigan DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits for rehabilitation of migratory birds.

Part time and full time internships are available,
but also require a commitment. Because the center is busiest during summer hours, we ask that you have minimal requests off.  Shifts 49648151_2568748799818870_8746199624080949248_nfor interns are from 7 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interns work one shift per day and alternate am/pm shifts. Weekends are required, but rotated. We operate seven days a week. We are open on Holidays (Memorial Day, July 4
th, and Labor Day).  For health and safety reasons, interns must be in good health, not pregnant, and at least 18 years of age. Must be able to bend, lift, and on feet for a period of time.

For more information, call (734) 761-9640 and leave a message or e-mail birdcentermanager@gmail.com. Applications and resumes can be sent to that email address also. Previous animal experience desired, but not necessary.

Duties of Interns:

  • Feeding baby an adult songbirds of many different species.
  • Teaching fledglings to self-feed on natural food items (this includes tweezing live mealworms and crickets).
  • Cleaning of bird enclosures
  • Cleaning the center.
  • Administering medications and other treatments to injured birds.
  • Answering telephone calls from the public in a professional manner (we will train you).
  • Accepting birds from the public and obtaining the legally required information by doing intake protocols.
  • Learning our computer program by entering rescue and injury information into national wildlife rehabilitation database.
  • Possibly going out on rescue missions.
  • Possibly taking birds to veterinarian appointments.
  • Possibly taking birds to be humanly euthanized by our veterinarian

What you will learn: All interns will receive a Bird Center Manual prior to the internship.

  • Bird anatomy
  • Proper housing and diets for various species and how to feed them
  • Signs of illness in birds, starvation, head injuries, etc.
  • How to check for possible fractures
  • How to measure and administer medications
  • How to weigh and handle birds 

    49624211_366647874137915_4929680487875608576_nTo apply for our summer internship program:

    Download and complete the application form — Microsoft Word or PDF
    Email the completed form and your resume to birdcentermanager@gmail.com or mail to:  Bird Center of Washtenaw County, P.O. Box 3718 Ann Arbor, MI 48106