Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue

Hotline: (707) 526-WILD(9453) ~ Business Office: (707) 992-0274 ~ Exclusion Service (707) 992-0276
Location: 403 Mecham Rd, Petaluma CA 94952​
​Mailing Address: PO Box 448, Cotati CA 94931
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Your generous donations help our interns with everyday necessities like food and gas while they dedicate their time to helping with our work and training for their futures as wildlife professionals.

Animal Care Internship Job Description

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is a non-profit organization. This is our mission statement:

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is dedicated to: the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife; the promotion, understanding, appreciation, protection and conservation of wildlife through our Educational Outreach Programs and our advocacy efforts. Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue also makes charitable contributions to animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations as authorized by the Board.

Our internships are set up to help us fulfill our mission statement and interns will contribute in all aspects of this statement throughout their term (each term is at least 3 months). Interns will assist in any area that may be lacking help as well as accomplish regular duties each week.

The Animal Care Intern will help with all aspects of daily animal upkeep. This includes but is not limited to: diet preparation, cleaning enclosures, weighing patients, bottle-feeding orphaned babies, administering medications, and assisting staff with animal intakes.

Interns who are pursing veterinary, biology, or ecological educational tracks in a professional career in wildlife will be given special consideration.

You must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be willing to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, mornings and evenings in all weather conditions
  • Have a valid driver’s license and have your own transportation
  • Be in good physical condition with the ability to lift at least 50lbs; able to bend, stoop, and crawl
  • Be comfortable in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Must be ok with euthanasia, it is unavoidable

While no previous animal experience is required, there are certain aspects of the job that need to be considered.

  • Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is not a petting zoo. You will be working with the animals, but it is important to remember these animals are terrified of us, and they can’t be talked to, cuddled, or pet.                                 
  • Wild animals have zoonotic diseases. Of the animals that come through our doors, 100% have some kind of disease or parasite (fleas, ticks, lice, worms, etc.).  They will have one or more that they can share with us. Safety protocols will be used, but you will be exposed.                                                                                          
  • This job can be dangerous. Interns will be working in enclosures with wildlife and handling animals that can and will bite or scratch when scared. Safety training is required before these duties will be assigned.

This position is unpaid. Some offsite housing may be available, but it is not guaranteed.

Schedules may be flexible, but you must commit to a minimum 3-day week, working 8 hours each day. A 5-day week is preferred, but we understand if you need to have a job to afford living in Sonoma County. You must attend the mandatory intern orientation.

Applications for Fall are due by August 17th, 2019. To apply, complete the Google Form (includes questions, essay, resume, and cover letter) or mail the application, a resume, and a cover letter to our PO box. If you would like to complete the application online, you must have a Google account. If the application is sent by mail, the postage date needs to be before August 17th. There is no fee to apply, but for interns who decide to participate in the program, there is a $70 administrative fee, payable at the end of the orientation. Scholarships are available for those with limited means.

Download, print, and mail the Animal Care Internship Application along with a cover letter and resume. You may mail your application packet to the PO box listed below or email the packet to:

OR, apply using this Animal Care Internship Application Google Form

Mail applications to: 

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
RE: Intern Application
PO Box 448
Cotati, CA 94931

For more information:

Contact Victoria Harris, Intern Coordinator:

Read our article "Straight from the Interns' Mouth" to hear about the 2012 Summer Internship.

​Applications for Fall 2019 are due by August 17th, 2019.

Summer, fall and spring internships are now available. Work alongside the staff and other volunteers to provide care to wildlife patients and keep the facility running smoothly.  Read below to find out more about our internship program and to find out how to apply.