Volunteer Opportunities & Internships
Volunteer opportunities are dependent on the needs of the center and can include volunteering remotely with the phone helpline, transporting and/or capturing injured wildlife that need to come to the center, assisting onsite with building maintenance and construction projects, or helping with onsite chores.
*Applicants are not guaranteed a volunteer position with Tamarack.
An internship at the center exposes you to the day to day work of wildlife rehabilitation and to the dynamic opportunities of educating the public with the help of non-releasable raptors. Interns interested in potential careers in veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, environmental education, environmental science, wildlife management, or wildlife conservation have found this internship particularly helpful.
Daily responsibilities include preparing meals, feeding, cleaning, documenting care, and assisting with medical treatment for injured wildlife including birds of prey, songbirds, opossums, turtles, and possibly other species. Previous experience handling wildlife is not required. There will be opportunities to learn handling techniques, assist with restraint of wildlife needing examination or medical treatment, and to administer medications. Time permitting, interns will be introduced to handling non-releasable education raptors “on the glove”. Interested interns can also assist with education programs.
Reliability, attention to detail, willingness to work hard, working well with other people, ability to communicate, and comfort around animals are very important. Computer, photography, or carpentry skills may be helpful but are not required. The center is located outside of Saegertown, Pennsylvania, and interns must provide their own transportation. The Center is not able to provide a stipend at this time, but some interns are able to arrange for a salary through their college if the school has Community Program funding available through PHEAA. Additionally, interns may choose to arrange for college credit for their internship through their home institution.
At Tamarack, we work hard but also become a supportive family for each other and have the privilege of seeing beautiful and amazing wildlife up close and helping them return to their life in the wild.
All applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Summer internships are offered during the period of May 1 - August 31. Housing for up to two interns is available at no charge. Interns residing on-site will be required to do early morning and/or evening feedings/medications in addition to the regular work hours. Housing will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Must commit to 5 days per week from 10 am - 3 pm (May have occasional evening hours)
- Interns are required to commit to 10-12 weeks (It is usually possible to schedule a day or week “off” during that span of time, as long as there is sufficient coverage by other interns)
- Must provide their own transportation
- Must be capable of lifting 25 pounds and be able to stand, bend, lift, reach, and work in all types of conditions, including outdoors
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered as received
How to Apply
Send the following materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cover letter including:
- Why you are interested in an internship
- Any previous experience with animals (even having a pet can be relevant)
- What strengths you would bring to the internship
- What aspects of the internship are of particular interest to you
- A letter of recommendation
Fall & Spring Semester Internships
Fall and spring semester internships (mid August through April) are dependent on the needs of the center at that time. If interested in completing an internship during the fall and/or spring semester, please send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your availability and internship requirements if applicable.