HHS Wildlife Center Internship Program

HHS Wildlife Center would like to invite college students and aspiring professionals in the Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Pre-Vet, and Public Relations/Marketing fields to apply for our paid internship opportunities. Each of our internship opportunities are interactive and overseen by our trained staff. HHSWC interns will be exposed to our rehabilitation, education, animal care, and marketing programs as well as assist with our daily operations and special events. Throughout your internship, we will offer you training in wildlife handling and care, non-profit business practices, and specialized training helping to give you a competitive edge in pursuing your career. Come join us and learn about our mission to promote environmental conservation through public education and the rehabilitation of Texas wildlife.

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Testimonial:

“HHSWC is an unforgettable experience that has taught me a deep appreciation for wildlife animals. It provided a diverse opportunity where you get to be hands-on giving medications, fluids, and tube feeding various animals that you do not get to do anywhere else. The staff at HHSWC is always willing and able to teach you techniques and skills that will help you across many different fields of study. HHSWC is a must for anyone interested in wildlife or veterinary medicine!” ~ Kathy Hulbert

“Becoming a HHSWC intern was the best way for me to learn about wildlife and how to care for them. The staff was very welcoming since my first day and looked forward to teaching me new things. Any questions you have about wildlife they can always answer it for you or look forward to researching new things with you. I look forward to my future career in wildlife thanks to them!” -Bella Smith

HHS Wildlife Center Internship Program Terms

Fall internship Term, August to November
Applications accepted from May 1st to June 31st.

Spring Internship Term, February to May 
Applications accepted from November 1st to December 31st

Summer Internship Term, May to August 
Applications accepted from February 15th to April 15th

HHSWC Social Media Internship

Hours/Week: 10-15 hours per week — times are flexible
Wage/Salary: Paid

Description

The Social Media Internship is interactive and overseen by our Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator and Wildlife Director. The intern will be encouraged to put their creative spirit to work in our marketing programs, social media planning and execution, fundraising events, and networking. Throughout the internship, we will offer training in non-profit marketing and business practices helping to give a competitive edge in pursuing a career in Public Relations/Marketing.

Duties may include:

  • Under supervision, develop and implement email campaigns using Constant Contact.
  • Create fun, educational, relevant material for social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok) by coordinating with HHS Wildlife Center management for content and ideas.
  • Post on HHS Wildlife Center social media at least 2 times per day and respond to comments where appropriate.
  • Create videos for HHS Wildlife Center and upload them to YouTube and other platforms when needed.
  • Participate in HHS Wildlife Center Fundraising Committee meetings and take detailed notes.
  • Help plan and manage events.
  • Attend HHS Wildlife Center events.
  • Assist with event volunteers, event day logistics, and post-event communication/evaluation.
  • Under supervision, helps solicit silent auction donations and event sponsors.
  • Track sponsorships, donations, and participation at events.
  • Create promotional materials for events in Canva or PicMonkey.
  • Be involved with overall HHSWC marketing goals.

Requirements:

  • Current marketing, communications, or public relations student.
  • Ability to work well with others and independently.
  • Initiative to problem solve, if necessary.
  • Responsibility to complete projects by a pre-determined deadline.
  • Ability to be flexible and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in oral and written language.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Able to work 10-15 hours per week — times are flexible.

To Apply:

Please complete our registration form by clicking on the link below. In addition, we request that you email your resume and a letter of recommendation to wildlifevolunteer@houstonhumane.org by the above-requested date for your preferred internship term. Any questions can be directed to the same email address.

HHSWC Wildlife Center Internship

3-month option

Hours/Week: 4 shifts a week with 4 hours a shift for three months, requires minimum completion of 200 hours.
Wage/Salary: Paid

6-month option

Hours/Week: 4 shifts a week with 4 hours a shift for six months, requires minimum completion of 400 hours.
Term: only available from March to September
Wage/Salary: Paid

Description

The Wildlife Internship provides interns with comprehensive training in HHS Wildlife Center’s daily operations and wildlife rehabilitation. Training will include daily operations such as animal admissions, HHSWC Hotline, and center maintenance. Interns will also gain hands-on experience with small mammals and birds. Our interns work directly with opossums, eastern grey squirrels, fox squirrels, and a large variety of songbirds. This position involves working in a safe clean environment where social distancing and wearing a mask daily is a requirement. Candidates for this position should be friendly, reliable, flexible, motivated, and capable of multitasking.

Duties may include:

  • Working HHSWC admissions and collecting important information on animal intake
  • Answering hotline calls and providing correct guidance to the caller
  • Willing to learn and execute appropriate handling of all species
  • Diet preparation and feeding for small mammals and birds in our onsite Wildlife Rehabilitation Department
  • Responsible for setting up caging, cleaning cages, and providing enrichment.
  • Provide limited medical care (such as administering medication and giving fluids) under the supervision of program managers
  • Working together with staff and volunteers to complete daily tasks
  • Communicate closely with staff and volunteers
  • Assist education staff with other important tasks to prepare for future programs
  • Responsible for main center duties such as caring for education animals
  • Responsible for doing laundry, dishes, or cleaning areas when assigned

Requirements:

  • Interns must attend a training orientation.
  • Interns must be at least 18 years old by the internship application due date and currently enrolled in college.
  • Interns must commit to a minimum of 200 hours (but maybe as high as 400 hours), at least 4 shifts a week, and 4 to 9 hours a shift.
  • Must be available to work all shifts including early mornings, late nights, and weekends.
  • Any applicable college credit (or additional requirements) must be arranged by the student through his/her institution and presented to HHSWC staff during the initial interview.
  • Interns must have reliable transportation.
  • Interns must be able to lift 40lbs.
  • Interns must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • All applicants must provide a current resume and a letter of recommendation from either a professor, teacher or previous employer in their online application.
  • Note that the completion of an internship does not guarantee full-time or part-time job placement at HHS Wildlife Center.
  • Applicants should be pursuing a degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, (or closely related field), or Pre-Vet or Graduate classes within the same fields.

To Apply:

Please complete our registration form by clicking on the link below. In addition, we request that you email your resume and a letter of recommendation to wildlifevolunteer@houstonhumane.org by the above-requested date for your preferred internship term. Any questions can be directed to the same email address.

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