VINS Intern Position

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Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

November 1 - April 15
10am to 4pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 5pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

Avian Care Internship

VINS Avian Care Interns gain extensive hands-on training in raptor captive management and avian rehabilitation of songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors.

REPORTS TO: Director, Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation

JOB LOCATION: VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vermont

Avian Care Intern Duties

  • Provide captive management and husbandry for over 60 raptors and reptiles used for programs and in exhibits
  • Clean and maintain all indoor and outdoor animal facilities and aviaries
  • Perform daily husbandry tasks for permanent residents used in educational programs and exhibits
  • Field phone calls about injured and orphaned birds and arrange transport with finders or volunteers
  • Assist rehabilitation staff with initial intake exams, medical treatments, and daily care of avian rehabilitation patients
  • Provide daily care of injured and orphaned baby birds (feeding, husbandry, and medical treatments)


  • Passion for wildlife rehabilitation and conservation
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Strong interest in birds and wildlife husbandry
  • Willingness to work long, hard, irregular hours in all weather conditions
  • Good time management and organized
  • 18 years or older
  • Hold a valid driver’s license, and have own transportation
  • Physical capacity to catch and treat large birds, lift equipment weighing up to 40 pounds, climb stairs, and carry equipment for routine maintenance
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently while following direction and procedures
  • Have updated tetanus vaccination at time of beginning internship
  • Available to work 40 hours per week
  • Have or working towards a college degree

Length of Internship

  • 6 months minimum, 40 hours per week (possibility of extended term or seasonal position based on performance)


  • Hourly wage of $12.55 to be paid bi-weekly


  • Cover letter (must include dates of availability, and career goals)
  • Resume
  • List of 3 references (must notify references at time of application)
  • Subject line when submitting application: Avian Care Intern Applicant

Please send your application to Director, Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation Grae O’Toole at

Position post date: September 2021

VINS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by membership dues, admission and program fees, donations, and grants.