Internship Program

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.

Our internships are intended to provide nursing 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.

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.

Greenwood is a nonprofit organization and prides itself on offering an extensive and robust internship that provides lifelong experience and unforgettable memories. 

Internships are unpaid, and you must be 18 years old to apply. 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.

Recommended Qualifications

Previous experience in animal care—whether with wildlife or domesticated animals—is not required. Degrees (or degrees in progress) in the natural sciences, wildlife management, veterinary medicine, veterinary technician, or environmental education are welcomed, but we consider interns from all backgrounds. We believe that an interest in wildlife, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to learn are more important.


You must be 18 years old to apply
Must be proficient in English to work/volunteer at the center
Provide proof of up-to-date tetanus vaccination (COVID vaccination strongly recommended)
Up-to-date pre-exposure rabies vaccination is required to work with rabies vector species
Minimum 20 hrs. per week for the full length of the internship
Shifts are 7am-12pm, 12pm-5pm and 5pm-11pm
5 to 10 hrs. shifts spent standing, walking, bending, twisting, and lifting.
Availability at least three days per week
Ability to work night/morning shifts, weekend shifts, and holidays is required

2021 Session Dates

— ALL sessions opened until filled —

12-week internships
  • Spring Session: March 29 – June 20 [FILLED]
  • Summer Session 1: May 10 – August 1 [FILLED]
  • Summer Session 2: June 14 – September 5 [FILLED]
  • Fall Session: August 9 – October 31 [FILLED]
8-week internships
  • Spring Session: April 19 – June 13 [FILLED]
  • Summer Session 1: May 17 – July 11 [FILLED]
  • Summer Session 2: May 31 – July 25 [FILLED]
  • Summer Session 3: June 14 – Aug 8 [FILLED]
  • Summer Session 4: July 5 – August 29 [FILLED]
  • Summer Session 5: August 2 – September 26 [FILLED]
  • Fall Session: September 6 – October 31 [FILLLED]

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 housing in the area. You will also be responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from the center. Please be aware there is no public transportation directly to the center.

How to Apply

Thank you so much for your interest in our wildlife internship program!

Our 2021 internship program is now CLOSED. The application process for our 2022 internship program will open in January 2022. We appreciate your interest in Greenwood Wildlife!

*Application deadlines: ALL sessions opened until filled.

Questions? Please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager!