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The Raptor Trust Avian Care Summer 2017 Internship

The Raptor Trust

Millington ,  New Jersey

This 32 hour/week 12-14 week internship can be modified to meet most schools criteria in qualifying for academic credit.  Interns receive a small stipend.  Limited housing avaliable, priority given to local applicants.  

A Raptor Trust intern should have a positive attitude, be flexible, self motivated, hard-working, energetic, and have a strong passion and respect for wildlife and the mission of The Raptor Trust.  Prior animal care experience is desirable but not required.  Reliable means of transportation is a must.  Applicants should be at least 18 years of age and have completed 1 year of college.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, copy of transcript/coursework (optional), and selection of 2-3 references whom we may contact, (At least 1 teacher/professor and 1 previous employer recommended).  Applications are due by March 1st, 2016.

Mail: Shari Stern, The Raptor Trust, 1390 White Bridge Rd., Millington, NJ 07946

Email: (Resume and cover letter attached as one document please)    or   Fax: 908-647-8211

The Raptor Trust is one of the premier, privately-funded wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States.  Founded in 1983, as a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, The Raptor Trust receives no federal or state funds, relying on donations and grants to fulfill its mission to provide free care and assistance to injured, sick and orphaned wild birds, to educate people about wild birds, especially birds of prey, and to provide a humane example for others in caring for wildlife.  The Trust’s dedicated staff cares for an average of 5,000 injured and orphaned birds each year and welcomes visitors to its Millington facility 365 days a year to see the 50 non-releasable hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls that are permanent residents at the center.  The Trust also offers educational programs for schools and community groups throughout the region. 

Each year from mid-May through August we are receive hundreds of nestling and fledgling songbirds.  Citizens find these birds injured, orphaned, or displaced during the spring and summer months, The Raptor Trust admits them into our care to be raised, rehabilitated, and ultimately released back into the wild.  Because of the volume of birds admitted during these months and the variety of specialized care which they require, The Raptor Trust sees this time as a perfect opportunity to provide experience and education to students who wish to learn about wildlife care and rehabilitation.

Interns are responsible for practicing the skills they learn by assisting staff in maintaining standards of care for injured adult birds, preparing diets and feeding orphaned/displaced young song birds and waterfowl, and through helping with general upkeep of the center.  In addition, interns are asked to participate in educational workshops, field trips, meetings, and to complete workbook readings and assignments.  All internships include observation of raptors but do not necessarily offer opportunities to assist with any raptor care or handling.

Opportunities and learning objectives:

* Hand-feed nestling and fledgling songbirds

* Prepare specially formulated diets for a wide variety of bird species

* Learn how a species’ natural history, including diet, habitat, and social patterns affect its rehabilitation

* Admit new patients to our infirmary and begin medical notes using our online database system

* Monitor and take notes on patient health and behavior under the direction of our technicians

* Participate in group discussions on local and global issues facing avian conservation

* Support volunteers in ensuring general cleanliness and upkeep of the facility

* Greet and interact with the public while assisting with bird admissions, phone calls, and guest inquiries

* Provide critical support to senior medical staff with capture and restraint of patients during medical procedures

* Attend bi-weekly meetings, seminars, workshops and/or field trips related to all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation

* Observe various diagnostics including phlebotomy, microscopy, and radiography

* Practice identification of songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl based on field markers and other context clues

* Understand general guidelines for species specific minimum release standards

* Develop and practice skills in teamwork, communication, time management and task prioritization

* Become familiar with ethical, moral, and legal debates regarding avian rehabilitation, rehabilitation of nuisance species and the use of euthanasia   

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