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Location:  Sharon, Connecticut

Audubon Sharon, consisting of the Sharon Audubon Center and Emily Winthrop Miles Wildlife Sanctuary, is owned and operated by the National Audubon Society, Inc., and has been connecting people with nature for over forty years.  Creating life-changing experiences that enable community members and their families to appreciate, understand and protect the natural world is at the very core of their mission.

The Sharon Audubon Center is a nature center and wildlife sanctuary owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. The nature center is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Sharon. The Sharon Audubon Center has over eleven miles of scenic hiking trails, and includes 1,147 acres of mixed forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds and streams. The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of the Earth's biological diversity and humanity. The Sharon Audubon Center strives to meet this mission through education, conservation and environmental research to encourage the responsible usage and stewardship of natural lands. The Sharon Audubon Center offers educational programs for all ages, a seasonal newsletter, nature programs, wildlife rehabilitation, research, live animal exhibits, a children's adventure center, a nature store, and a natural history library.  Each year the Center admits approximately 300 birds, mammals and reptiles into wildlife rehabilitation clinic.  The ultimate goal of the rehab program is to provide care and treatment to injured and orphaned wildlife and to release them back into the wild.  Although they admit and stabilize mammals, they primarily focus their rehabilitation efforts to birds of prey, songbirds, water birds and reptiles.  Mammals are transferred to local wildlife rehabilitators for continued care.

Intern responsibilities:  The Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern will gain valuable practical experience, while caring for wildlife patients and working with staff and volunteers. Some of the skills learned include species identification and natural history, proper husbandry and enrichment techniques, animal handling, tube-feeding, medication administration, lab work, and various other procedures.  The internship is intense, physically demanding, fast-paced and repetitive, giving interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. 

While interns are not paid, shared housing is provided.

Qualifications:  18 years of age or older, have own transportation, commitment for 12 to 14 weeks at 35 hours per week, approximately mid May thru mid August. Natural science, medical care or other science background required. Prior experience with handling wildlife or in animal medicine is highly desirable.  The most important assets are a strong work ethic, natural history background, enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility and a desire to learn.  

Erin O’Connell
Wildlife Rehabilitation & Outreach Coordinator
325 Cornwall Bridge Road
Sharon CT 06069

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