Internship Program

Treating a squirrel

"My Greenwood internship gave me huge insight into the world of animal rehabilitation."

Sarah Mueller, Summer 2014

An internship at Greenwood provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with many different wildlife species. Interns will learn skills such as handling techniques, cleaning and sterilization procedures, habitat enrichment, diets, food preparation, and feeding methods, and will assist experienced rehab staff with treatment procedures.

Our internships are intended to provide experience and on-the-job training in basic rehab skills, not to teach veterinary medicine.


As an intern at Greenwood, you will be expected to work hard and get your hands dirty! There is a lot to learn from our wild patients through daily feeding and cleaning activities, but we need people who are really willing to take the initiative, learn, and get messy in the process.

Feeding a hummingbird

There is no 'cuddle time' with these animals. Our primary objective is to return them to their natural, wild habitat once they are rehabilitated. We are an animal rehabilitation center first and foremost—and our patients and facilities must be treated as such.

We hope a working internship will help interns to examine wildlife career opportunities. In return, we expect to work with enthusiastic, mature, hard-working people who will become an integral part of the working staff at Greenwood during their internship.

Unfortunately, all internships are unpaid, and interns must be at least 18 years old. If you are interning for school credit or have a specific school project that needs to be completed during your time with us, let us know. We will likely be able to accommodate it.

"The staff is so patient, but allows you to be independent and makes you feel like you are part of the team. Being a part of Greenwood was a fun experience, but nothing beats the rewarding feeling of saving an animal's life!

-Madison Beran, Summer 2013

Recommended Qualifications

Previous experience in animal care—whether with wildlife or domesticated animals—is preferred. Degrees (or degrees in progress) in the natural sciences, wildlife management, veterinary medicine, veterinary technician, or environmental education are preferred, but we will consider interns from any background.

We believe that a strong interest in wildlife, passion, a strong work ethic, and willingness to learn are more important than academic qualifications.

"I'm very pleased to share that I have just been offered a part-time zoo keeper position...I think all the Greenwood experience I shared with the Hiring Committee, along with the recommendation letter, put me above the rest, and now I get to have a great start to my wildlife career."

-Kelly Kapusta, Summer 2014

Session Dates

Cormorant patient

Sessions are split by species and season.

Spring Mammal Session 1: mid-March - mid-May
Spring Mammal Session 2: mid-April - mid-June (pre-exposure rabies vaccines required if working with raccoons)

Summer Session 1: mid-May - mid-July
Summer Session 2: early June - early August
Summer Session 3: early July - late August

Fall Session: September/October

We are now accepting applications for 2015.

Weekly Time Commitment

20-35 hours per week, 5-8 hour shifts, a minimum of three shifts per week
Ability to work weekend shifts required

Greenwood understands that college internships for course credit may not require as many as 20 hours per week, and we are willing to accommodate our interns in this situation.

Housing and Transportation

There is currently no on-site housing at Greenwood. You will be responsible for finding your own housing. However, we will certainly be available to make recommendations on affordable housing in the area. You will also be responsible for arranging your own transporation to and from the center.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and application via email (preferred) to our Intern Coordinator at The application is available in both Word and PDF formats:

Microsoft Word icon Internship Application (Word)

PDF icon Internship Application (PDF)

If you do not have email access, you may also fax your application to (303) 823-5051, or mail it to:

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 18987
Boulder, CO 80308

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