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center_wildlife The Center For Wildlife

Location:  Cape Neddick, Maine.

The Center for Wildlife is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals.  They receive large numbers of orphaned young mammals (100+) and birds (500+).  Raising these animals for release is time consuming and requires a great deal of patience and hard work.  Interns can be involved in a wide variety of experiences at a wildlife rehabilitation center, including animal care, outdoor cage preparation, fundraising, and facility upkeep. Most interns choose to focus on the hands-on animal care, which in the past has given them experience in such crucial tasks as diagnosing injuries and illnesses, administering medication, learning how to handle wild animals, and raising orphaned birds and mammals.

Starting dates, hours per week, and duties are flexible, depending on the student's interests and availability. Intern job descriptions:

Wildlife Care Assistant (Spring/Summer) - Spring and summer are the busiest seasons at CFW. The role of the Wildlife Care Assistant is to help us with the feeding and cleaning of the many orphaned mammals and birds they, as well as the many injured and sick adult animals that we also receive. This job can be intense and repetitive, but offers the largest amount of direct animal contact of any of our positions, and can be the most personally rewarding.

Wildlife Admissions & Information Line - The purpose of the Admissions and Info Line is to assist the public with their wildlife problems, and to admit all of the new animals arriving at CFW. Patience, courtesy, self-motivation and the ability to work well with the public are essential. This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn a great deal about Maine's wildlife.

Bird Nursery Caretakers - We receive over 100 orphaned nestling birds every summer. Raising these birds for release is time-consuming work and requires a great deal of patience and hard work.  Nestling birds must be fed every 15-30 minutes from sunup to sundown.  Once these birds are eating on their own and flying well, they can be released back into the wild where they belong.  This is a great position for bird enthusiasts and a terrific way to learn more about Maine's avian species.

See Fran Kinghorn for more information or contact:

The Center for Wildlife
P.O. Box 620
Cape Neddick, ME  03902.
Phone:  207-361-1400
General e-mail:

Internship information:
Testimonial: Leah Rosenthal
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