The Wildlife Care Clinic is able to operate as a result of its many dedicated volunteers. Volunteer responsibilities include helping the staff and interns with animal care, construction projects, and daily cleaning duties.
The time commitment during the fall and spring semesters will include 2-hour shifts. There are shifts available from 8 AM - 6 PM Monday through Friday. On weekends, there is one shift available per day from 9 - 11 AM.
Individuals must be 16 or older to volunteer. Individuals 17 and under who wish to volunteer with the WCC must submit, via email, a signed Waiver of Liability (found below) as well as the application. Individuals 18 years of age or older do not need to submit this waiver.
To begin your volunteer experience, you will need to fill out a application. Once we receive it, if approved, we will contact you with an email of congratulations and inform you of our upcoming orientation dates. Orientation is mandatory and must be completed before you can sign up for a volunteer shift.
Due to the large number of applications that we receive, processing may take several days. Thank you in advance for your patience!
Please read the Volunteer Description and Policies documents prior to completing your application.
To apply, go to this link to fill out an application: https://vetmed.iastate.edu/wildlife-care-clinic-volunteer-application
The Wildlife Care Clinic offers undergraduate students and veterinary students the opportunity to gain valuable and practical experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and medicine.
Interns will be involved in all aspects of wildlife care from admission to release. This involves substantial husbandry responsibilities, medical work, record keeping, and fieldwork including releases and transportation of animals. Day-to-day responsibilities include feeding, cleaning enclosures, monitoring behavior, clinic maintenance, and much more. You will gain intensive, hands-on training and experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation, focusing on animal nutrition, husbandry, feeding techniques, capture and restraint methods, release criteria, animal behavior, and natural history. Interns will quickly learn that animal caretaking is difficult, though rewarding work.
Internships are available seasonally as follows:
- Summer Internships: May - August
- Fall Semester Internships: August - December
- Spring Semester Internships: December - May
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the term preceding the one you are interested in.
To begin your internship experience, please send us all necessary documents. Necessary documents include cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Once all application materials are received (either via email or in person), we will contact you with an email stating we have received all required documents and provide you with upcoming meeting times to choose from. You will meet with staff to go over application materials and fulfill the in person interview before possibly being awarded a spot on the WCC team.
Please read the Intern Description and Policies prior to completing your application.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.