Internships

2/15/2021 – Due to an overwhelming amount of highly qualified intern candidates for our 2021 season, we will be closing the deadline for resume and application submission five days early.

If you still have an interest in being involved with the Bird Center, please keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for upcoming volunteer opportunities, fall opportunities, or please consider us for the 2022 season. Thank you to all that applied, and good luck!


Apply for our Summer Internship Program

Download and complete the application form below, then email the completed application along with your resume to birdcentermanager@gmail.com.


In 2020, the Bird Center of Washtenaw County operated safely throughout our season while dealing with COVID and admitting over 1,350 songbirds. We help injured or abandoned wild songbirds and we receive over 2,500 phone calls during the season. Our mission is to rehabilitate and release as many birds as we can while educating the public. The Bird Center works under both Michigan DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits for rehabilitation of migratory birds and is able to accept marsh and shore birds.

For the 2021 season, we will continue taking all COVID precautions with safety measures. We will also be operating out of a new facility which is our new permanent forever home we have always dreamed of! Stay tuned for more details to come, but expect a much larger space with many benefits for our birds to flourish. We are excited to invite you and take part in this season’s journey!


Information

Position: Wildlife Rehabilitator Intern

Dates: This position will be from May 1, 2021 through mid/end of August. Fall internship positions TBD.

Pay: Part-time and full-time hours are available. Part-time (21-22 hrs. a week) will receive $50 stipend weekly and full-time (35-37 hrs. a week) will receive $100 stipend weekly.

Schedule: Shifts for interns are from 7 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a possible overlap mid-day for shift change. BCWC work schedule includes working rotated AM and PM weekdays and weekends and includes some government holidays. We ask that you have minimal requests off. 

How to Apply: Send resume and application to birdcentermanager@gmail.com.

Interns check the vent on a domestic pigeon to determine its gender.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Should be enrolled, or plan to be, in a program that has to do with wildlife, conservation, science program, pre-vet, etc.
  • Should have some animal handling experience, knowledge, or awareness.
  • 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 be on your feet for a period of time.
  •  Valid ID and up to date tetanus is a requirement.
  • Transportation ability to get to and from work with the awareness that we do not always leave on time, but strive to.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Learn how to properly feed and tend to injured and orphaned songbirds, of all ages and species, ensuring proper rehabilitation and making sure all needs are being met.
  • Maintain accurate health records and documentation of daily animal weights, medications, injuries, and more in our online database.
  • Learn how to properly set up enclosures and provide proper husbandry and diet to over 70 bird species (with up to 150 bird in the center at once).
  • Develop open communication with coworkers.
  • Develop working skills with teammates when assigned to specific bird sections.
  • Possibly attend rescue missions; time permitting.
  • Work with birds on our flight cage properties.
  • Develop an understanding of bird anatomy, signs of illness in birds, and learn how to do general exams.
  • Learn how to check for possible fractures along with bandaging opportunities.
  • Learn how to weigh and handle birds along with measuring and administering medications.
  • Must be able to handle blood, injuries and humane euthanasia.
  • Ability to work with a team and independently.
  • Ability to interact professionally with the public (in person and on the phone), law enforcement, and each other. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are needed.
  • Able to handle a variety of live insects and bird feces.

All interns will receive a Bird Center Manual prior to the internship and a welcome gift bag at orientation including navy blue scrubs, which is the daily uniform.


BCWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our internships are open to all. We value diversity and do not permit any discrimination against applicants, employees, or volunteers on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or disability, or any other status protected by applicable law or statute in any of our policies or program.