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Our involvement with international oil spill response has
allowed us to venture further out into the world. In doing this we
have come across countries, organizations and individuals who are
eager to learn more about aquatic bird rehabilitation, but have
limited resources available to them on a local level. In response
to the high demand for training in our field, International Bird
Rescue founded an international internship program.
Bird Rescue is pleased to offer internships to individuals interested in aquatic bird rehabilitation and oil spill response. Any person, including those from the Unites States, can apply for an international internship.
The program's most valuable component is the hands-on training gained at the oiled bird rehabilitation centers we operate in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. These centers are home to International Bird Rescue's rehabilitation program for aquatic birds, and receive over 5,000 birds each year. Working within the rehabilitation program with experienced staff and volunteers enables interns to gain valuable skills and knowledge about aquatic birds not offered in universities.
Interns learn all aspects of rehabilitation - from initial assessment, nutrition and animal care, basic medical treatments, bird washing, case management and volunteer management. Aquatic birds are challenging and labor intensive to rehabilitate. Interns learn first-hand from our experts the intricacies of waterproofing, housing for each species, problem solving, and herd health management (caring for many birds at one time).
Interns gain valuable practical experience, while helping wildlife patients and working with staff and highly trained volunteers. Some of the skills learned include individual species identification and natural history, proper husbandry and enrichment techniques, animal handling, tube feeding, medication administration, lab work, and various other procedures. Interns will receive daily one-on-one training, and will be asked to work on an individual or group project. The internship is rewarding, intense, physically demanding, fast-paced and comprehensive, giving interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of aquatic bird rehabilitation.
Those interested in an internship with International Bird Rescue must meet the following requirements:
International Bird Rescue (Bird Rescue) provides training and internship opportunities to a variety of people during live spill responses, at Bird Rescue rehabilitation clinics in California and during specific on-site trainings. International BIrd Rescue provides skills-based training in capture, handling, basic medical techniques and rehabilitation of wild, aquatic animals. This training is intended to help develop individual skills in the field of rehabilitation and basic medical care, which is the foundation of oiled wildlife rehabilitation. International Bird Rescue training does not include training in emergency management, hazardous materials, incident command or logistics and Bird Rescue assumes no liability or responsibility for the technical abilities of individuals completing these trainings.
Individuals completing an internship, training or in-house work program with International Bird Rescue are not necessarily qualify to work independently in the field of oiled wildlife response. Bird Rescue does not authorize or certify that these individuals have reached any level of competency in the field of oiled wildlife response.
Further, International Bird Rescue does not lend the company name to other entities or accredit other organizations or individuals in the field of oiled wildlife rescue, rehabilitation or spill response.