Image of an intern holding a baby seal. Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre

Location:  Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre is located in the Gulf Islands, off the coast of Vancouver Island, B.C.  It is a small four acre not-for-profit facility dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned wild animals with the goal of returning them healthy and wild back to their natural habitat.  Alternative medicine such as homeopathy, herbal treatments and physical therapies are the preferred modes of treatment, although conventional veterinary protocols are frequently administered.

Spring, summer and early fall bring us the greatest influx of patients.  To insure that the animals get all the care necessary to bring them back to health, we will be offering some internships to interested and motivated individuals.

The work at a wildlife centre is anything but glamourous.  Typically in the summer we work from 8am until midnight, with occasional 4am feedings during Harbour Seal season.  An intern can expect to be involved in all aspects of the rehabilitation process.  Most of the work for everyone is diet preparation and cleaning, but you will also be expected to take part in occasional rescues and releases, administer treatments, participate in building projects and grounds maintenance and possibly put in a little time in our retail wildlife gallery/gift shop.  The schedule at the centre can be intense, but you will also be given time to enjoy much of what this beautiful island has to offer.

Internships typically last eight weeks.  The wildlife centre will offer very basic housing and occasionally some meals, but for the most part you will be responsible for keeping yourself fed.

The wildlife centre is staffed completely by dedicated volunteers.  As an intern you will become part of a team of like-minded people and will be treated with respect and friendship.  Previous wildlife experience is not a prerequisite.  Come here with the right attitude, prepared to give 100% to our wild patients and a wildlife internship will be an extraordinary experience.

For more information and an application, write to:

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Internship Program
322 Langs Road
Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 1N3

NOTE:  Applications must be received by March 1st.

Website:   http://sealrescue.org/
Internship information: http://sealrescue.org/internships.html
Testimonial: not available
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