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Bat Care and Rehabilitation Internships

Bat World Sanctuary (BWS) offers Bat Care & Rehabilitation Internships to qualified individuals during July only. This opportunity provides an intern with a unique opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of native and non-indigenous bat species by caring for non-releasable captive fruit bats of various species as well as the hands-on care of orphaned, ill, and injured insectivorous wild bats. Students pursuing graduate degrees in zoology, wildlife biology and veterinary medicine will be given preference.

Available Internship Dates for 2018: July 1 through July 28
July 1 through July 7  FULL
July 8 through July 14
 FULL
July 15 through July 21 FULL
July 22 through July 28 FULL

This internship involves, at times, substantial physical labor.  Applicants must be able to lift 40 pounds and be able to work in a variety of conditions, both standing and sitting, with variable hours. Bat care interns are also required to complete an educational project during their training.

Candidates must be mature, reliable and responsible individuals 21 years of age or older. You must be able to work both independently and cheerfully and when working as part of a team. You must have the ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations, and a demanding workload with the possibility of long hours if an emergency rescue occurs. Applicants should possess a strong, personal work ethic and a high level of integrity. Prior experience in wildlife rehabilitation or as a vet tech is a plus but is not required.

The BWS internship is a tuition-based program at $500 per day with a 5-day minimum. The non-refundable tuition is payable within 21 days of the start of the internship. This internship opportunity offers private housing but no transportation, food or other benefits are provided. Accommodations include an air conditioned, small, private guest room with private bathroom located in the facility. The room is equipped with a microwave, a small refrigerator, coffee pot and wifi. (Please note that Bat World Sanctuary requires adherence to vegetarian or vegan based meals while on sanctuary property.)

A typical daily schedule will include, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Orphan care and feeding
  • Intake procedures and initial examination of any incoming rescues
  • Learning how to assess a variety of common illnesses and injuries
  • Assisting with care, feeding and enrichment of fruit bats
  • Captive care and maintenance of over 70 non-releasable insectivorous bats
  • Assisting in diet preparation for both fruit and insect-eating bats
  • Releasing any bats that have recovered back into their natural habitat
  • Assisting in public rescue calls for orphaned, ill, or injured bats from the surrounding community
  • Emergency rescues

Depending on the number of orphans in our care, tasks may begin around 7am and end at 11pm, with a several-hour break from noon until 7pm (excluding scheduled orphaned feedings)

Qualified applicants for the internship must meet the following criteria— no exceptions:

  • Submit a completed philosophy form
  • Submit a completed agreement/waiver of liability
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Proof of having obtained rabies pre-exposure vaccinations
  • Be willing to follow direction and work long hours

NOTE: Acceptance into the BWS internship program does not guarantee granting of academic credit. Interns are responsible for negotiating academic credit for their BWS experience with their University Program Adviser. BWS reserves the right to terminate any intern’s participation in the program should the intern fail to complete required duties as assigned and scheduled, engage in conduct that is potentially harmful to the animals, the intern, BWS staff, or the public, or demonstrate a failure to learn key concepts and competencies.

Click here to access the Internship Application, Philosophy Form and Agreement/Waiver of Liability. Email the completed forms, along with a cover letter, your resume, two letters of recommendation and your proof of rabies vaccination to [email protected]

NOTE: Payment should be made only after you have been accepted for an internship. If you have been accepted please click here to make a payment according to the number of days you are attending.

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