Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Summer Internships


Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc. is offering summer internships in wildlife rehabilitation during the 2016 nesting bird season. A limited number of full-season (12 week) internships with stipends may be available. Full season, six-week and part-time volunteer internships are also offered.

Interns work in the Wild Bird Clinic and along with the permanent staff care for the hatching year and adult birds admitted during the summer.  Full season interns are expected to contribute 40+ hours / week for a minimum of 12 weeks.  Internships are scheduled between June 1 and August 31; actual start and stop dates are approximate and flexibility with early or late start dates may be possible.

A summer internship at Tri-State is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on animal care experience at a qualified and well-established wildlife rehabilitation facility.  Knowledge and experience will be gained in the husbandry and rehabilitation of a wide variety of species of wild birds from the mid-Atlantic region. Interns participate with the staff and volunteers in the daily activities of the rehabilitation center, and responsibilities will include:

  • Feeding and care of orphaned baby birds of all ages.
  • Feeding and care of injured or diseased adult birds.
  • Daily care and cleanliness of the pre-release birds housed in 33 outdoor enclosures.
  • Monitoring the overall condition of birds under your care, providing feedback to the clinic supervisors.
  • Assisting with some of the medical treatments performed by the staff and volunteers.
  • Keeping accurate records according to Tri-State’s protocols.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent. Students are encouraged to have school or faculty sponsors.
  • Demonstrated involvement or current study in animal or wildlife related field.
  • Must be reliable, in good physical condition, available to work weekends and evening shifts.
  • Must possess ability to make accurate observations and follow detailed instructions.
  • Must possess leadership and supervisory abilities and enjoy working with a variety of people.
  • Must be able to learn quickly and be self-directed.
  • Be able to work under pressure and keep a sense of humor.

Please submit a letter of application describing your experience and reason for seeking an internship at Tri-State, along with a current resume with references on or before March 11th.  Applicants will be contacted for interviews. Intern positions will be filled by mid-April and applicants will be notified of their acceptance at that time.

Andrea Howey-Newcomb
Clinic Director
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.
110 Possum Hollow Rd
Newark DE 19711
302-737-9543, ext. 104


Wildlife Biology Intern Postition

The Student Conservation Association’s Career Discovery Program is recruiting for two summer interns to work at our Refuge late May-August 2016.  Our Refuge is located ~2 hours west of Chicago. For more information, please visit

One intern will be in the Wildlife Biology series, and the other will serve as a Park Ranger working with Visitor Services. These positions are paid, housing and travel is also covered. Interns are paired with a FWS mentor, along with professional development activities throughout the summer.

Applications should become live and active on the SCA website shortly after the new year. Students are welcome to send their resume ahead of time if they wish to be considered for a position at our station to:

Jeramie T. Strickland:
Wildlife Biologist
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

Benefits include:

  • Weekly Living Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • Housing or Housing Allowance
  • Assigned FWS mentor
  • Hands-On Experience
  • Week-long orientation in May
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Application fee waived upon request

The ideal candidate is:

  • Available for a 12-13 week summer internship beginning in May
  • Open-minded and has an adventurous spirit
  • Not necessarily experienced in conservation
  • Eager to act as an ambassador for SCA and the FWS
  • A licensed driver
  • Able to provide references with an application