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Wildlife Center Internship

Interested in a career working with wildlife? 

Join the SPCA’s wildlife team for the busiest, most exciting season of the year: baby season! We experience an influx of wild patients—mostly baby birds & mammals—during Spring & Summer and are recruiting interns to learn in this immersive, fast-paced environment.


The SPCA Wildlife Center internship provides a hands-on experience in every aspect of wildlife rehabilitation. Our goal is to rehabilitate and release orphaned, ill, & injured wild animals from Monterey County. While working closely with the staff, you will be able to advance your skills in the following:

  • Animal husbandry
  • Basic veterinary techniques
  • Diet preparation
  • Gavage feeding
  • Capture and restraint
  • Neonate care
  • Anatomy
  • Species and life history identification
  • Record keeping and public education.
  • Practical labs & discussions may include necropsy, wound care, veterinary medicine and in-house diagnostics.

This is an unpaid internship. Transportation & housing are not provided. Up to 40 hours allowed per week. (20 hour maximum for full-time students.)
$30 fee is required upon acceptance to cover application & uniform fees. 

A set weekly schedule is mandatory due to the high volume of patients & the important role our interns play during Spring & Summer. Individual schedules will be determined at time of acceptance. We will be accepting 6 applicants per session with the possibility of extending into the next session depending on performance & availability.




  • Deadline to apply: February 1, 2023
  • Begins March 1, 2023
  • 12 hour minimum weekly commitment


  • Deadline to apply: May 1, 2023
  • Begins June 1, 2023
  • 16 hour minimum weekly commitment

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