VINS Intern Position

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Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 5pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

Thank you for your interest in the Avian Care Internship. We are currently not accepting applications. Please check back for updates.

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 other wildlife used for educational 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, including daily care of injured and orphaned baby birds
  • 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
  • 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
  • 18 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

  • 6 months minimum, 40 hours per week


  • Hourly wage of $11.75 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)
  • 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: January 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.