Internship: Wildlife Rehabilitation

The conservancy of South West Florida offers internships, or Conservation Associate (CA) opportunities to help aspiring environmentalists gain valuable skills and training in specific areas of interest: environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Minimum six-month commitment, nine-month commitment preferred
Five positions available on a rotating basis

Pelican Rehabilitation

Assist in care and treatment of injured, sick and orphaned Florida wildlife together with cleaning and maintenance of their facilities. Position includes a wide range of rehabilitation activities, including animal rescue, emergency first aid, daily feedings, cage cleaning, animal handling, pre-release training, public relations, and special projects. Uniform required.


  • Applicant must be at least a senior in college, with skills and/or experience with wildlife.
  • Preference will be given to those with prior rehabilitation experience.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Upon completion of the CA Program in Wildlife Rehab, a Conservation Associate leaves with a varied experience that can include animal care, basic medical techniques, education program development, public speaking skills, interpersonal skills, and knowledge of birds, mammals, and reptiles.

f you are interested, complete and return your application, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and unofficial school transcripts to:

JoAnn Johansen
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
1450 Merrihue Drive
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 403-4213

GENERAL BENEFITS: In addition to gaining experience in environmental education, policy, science, research and wildlife rehabilitation, Conservancy Conservation Associates receive a weekly stipend of $150, accident insurance, and housing including laundry facilities.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a Drug and Smoke Free Workplace.

Fill-In and Email Intern Application in MS Word
Printable Intern Application in Adobe PDF

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