Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships

2024 Program Schedule:

Session 1:  Sunday May 19 - Saturday Aug 10, 2024

Session 2: Sunday June 23 - Saturday Sept 14, 2024

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024


Intern Program Information Documents

Printable documents with complete description of the current program, including duties, requirements, and application instructions, are available through this link:


About Lindsay Wildlife Experience and the Hospital

Lindsay Wildlife Experience, a natural history, environmental education, and wildlife rehabilitation center located in Walnut Creek, California, connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. Founded in 1955, Lindsay houses a collection of live native California animals, an Exhibit Hall with hands-on discovery activities for children and changing natural history exhibits, and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital. We are licensed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. With a caseload of approximately 4,000 native wild animals each year, we are one of the oldest and largest rehabilitation centers in the nation.

The goal of Lindsay’s wildlife hospital, started in 1970, is to rehabilitate and return injured and orphaned native wild animals back to their natural habitats. To give them a chance for survival after release, our patients are kept as wild as possible. Animals are handled only when necessary for feeding, cleaning, and medical care; infant animals are raised with their own species and are not socialized by humans.


Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship Program Description

This unpaid educational position requires a self-motivated, flexible, and responsible individual with good problem-solving skills for a job that can be intense, fast-paced, and often repetitive. The intern helps with care and treatment of injured or orphaned native California birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Working in conjunction with Lindsay staff and approximately 200 volunteers, interns are given the opportunity to learn about all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation with hands-on experiences. Wildlife rehabilitation combines aspects of veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, and biology/natural history to provide rehabilitation care specific to each native species. (Lindsay annually sees about 100 species commonly or semi-commonly, with about 100 additional species seen infrequently.)

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship includes both husbandry and medical training and experience. Skills you can learn include: identification of the most common species in the region, basic care and husbandry needs of native wildlife, proper handling and restraint procedures for a variety of species, wildlife nutrition, basic bird and mammal anatomy, medication preparation and administration, fluid therapy, basic initial exam procedures, parasitology, microscope skills, basic raptor care, and time management skills. Interns work closely with Wildlife Rehabilitation Technicians, RVTs, volunteers, and veterinarians.

We also offer Research Internships for students working on degree programs, and veterinary/technician externships. Please inquire for more information.


Internship Primary Duties


Program Completion Requirements

The program requires completion of:


Program Sessions

There are two different 12-week Intern Program sessions, scheduled to align with college/university semester system and quarter system calendars. All program sessions have a first day orientation, regularly scheduled in-person Thursday afternoon classes, and associated reading requirements. Interns are expected to be on-site with a regular work schedule.


There is the opportunity, by previous arrangement, to start early husbandry shifts, gaining additional credit for intern program hours. An early start requires acceptance into the hospital shift volunteer program and completion of initial training.


Application Process

Candidate Requirements


How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and fill out the Intern Availability Form, by April 1, 2024. References or letters of recommendation that would assist in our evaluation may be included.

Note: If your work experience and references are not directly related to the field, then the cover letter becomes very important, relating your past experience and career goals to the wildlife hospital intern position.

Important Dates

Application deadline: 11:59 PM (PDT)  April 1, 2024

Lindsay schedules interview: Within 10 days of receipt of application

Lindsay notifies applicants of decision: By April 14, 2024

Deadline to accept internship and submit required paperwork: Midnight May 1, 2024

Shift schedules are posted: May 15, 2024

Session 1 Orientation: Sunday, May 19, 2024

Session 2 Orientation: Sunday, June 23, 2024