VINS Intern Position

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Nature Center Hours

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 4:30pm Daily
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VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

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: Lead Wildlife Keeper, 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 other wildlife used for educational programs and in exhibits
  • Clean and maintain all indoor and outdoor animal facilities and aviaries
  • 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, including daily care of injured and orphaned baby birds


  • Passion for wildlife rehabilitation and conservation
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Organized and able to multitask
  • Computer skills required, word, excel, and google calendar
  • Strong interest in birds and wildlife husbandry
  • Willingness to work long, hard, irregular hours in all weather conditions
  • 21 years or older
  • Hold a valid driver’s license
  • Physical capacity to catch and treat large birds, lift equipment weighing up to 40 pounds, and carry equipment for routine maintenance
  • Ability to work quickly & efficiently while following directions & procedures
  • Have updated tetanus vaccination at time of beginning internship
  • Available to work 40 hours per week
  • Have college degree, working towards a degree or have equivalent wildlife experience

Length of Internship

  • May 1 - October 31, 2020
  • 6 months minimum, 40 hours per week


  • Housing plus a weekly stipend of $226 to be paid bi-weekly


  • Cover letter (include dates of availability, career goals and interests relative to the internship)
  • Resume
  • List of 3 references (notify references at the time of the application)

Please send your application to Lead Wildlife Keeper Grae O’Toole at


START DATE: May 1, 2020

Position post date: February 2020

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.