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Clinic Internships in Wildlife Rehabilitation

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc. is offering 3-6 month internships in wildlife rehabilitation during the 2021/22 year. This position is a non-paid internship working 20 hours a week. There is potential to be trained as a relief supervisor to offer relief help to clinic staff at an hourly rate.

Interns work in the Wild Bird Clinic and along with the permanent staff to care for over 180 different species admitted during the year. Interns are expected to work 20 hours a week for at least 3 months and up to 6 months. A project will be assigned to each intern that is agreed upon by the intern and the Clinic Director.

An internship at Tri-State is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on animal care experience at a qualified and well-established wildlife rehabilitation facility. Knowledge and experience will be gained in the husbandry and rehabilitation of a wide variety of species of wild birds from the mid-Atlantic region. Interns participate with the staff and volunteers in the daily activities of the rehabilitation center, and responsibilities will include:
• Feeding and care of orphaned baby birds of all ages during hatchling season.
• Feeding and care of injured or diseased adult birds.
• Daily care and cleanliness of the pre-release birds housed in 40 outdoor enclosures.
• Monitoring the overall condition of birds under your care, providing feedback to the clinic supervisors.
• Assisting with some of the medical treatments performed by the staff.
• Keeping accurate records according to Tri-State’s protocols.

• Must be at least 18 years old
• High School Diploma or equivalent. Students are encouraged to have school or faculty sponsors.
• Demonstrated involvement or current study in animal or wildlife related field.
• Must be reliable, in good physical condition, available to work weekends and evening shifts.
• Must possess ability to make accurate observations and follow detailed instructions.
• Must possess leadership and supervisory abilities and enjoy working with a variety of people.
• Must be able to learn quickly and be self-directed.
• Be able to work under pressure and keep a sense of humor.

Please submit a letter of application describing your experience and reason for seeking an internship at Tri-State, along with a current resume with references on or before October 29th. Applicants will be contacted for interviews. Intern positions will be filled by early November and applicants will be notified of their acceptance at that time.

Andrea Howey-Newcomb
Clinic Director
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.
170 Possum Hollow Rd
Newark DE 19711

Oiled Wildlife Programs Staff Position

Oiled Wildlife Programs Manager

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc., is seeking a manager for our Oiled Wildlife Programs department to oversee and coordinate the projects and resources of the department in conjunction with the mission of the organization. Primary responsibilities include managing Oiled Wildlife Programs activities, such as preparing and delivering wildlife response plans, exercises, and workshops; ensuring the readiness of Tri-State’s oiled wildlife response, including personnel, training, facilities, and equipment; ensuring Tri-State representation is appropriate and allowed by budget at Regional Response Team (RRT) meetings and Area Committee Meetings (ACM), exercises, trade shows, and conferences; and preparing and monitoring the departmental budget.

These activities often require frequent travel, and spill responses can involve extended stays “on-scene” as part of the response team. Applicants must have the ability to mobilize rapidly and remain on scene for extended periods of time (minimum of two weeks during a spill response).

Qualifications desired include a 4-year degree in emergency management, wildlife management, biology, or related environmental field; writing and computer (MS Office) skills; and the ability to work under pressure during oil spills. Strong organizational, time management and prioritization skills are required. Prior training or experience with oiled wildlife or the Incident Command System (ICS), supervisory and teaching skills, or advanced computer skills (e.g., GIS) would be beneficial and should be mentioned when applying. Excellent team management and communication skills and compassion for animals are essential.

This is a full-time, exempt position with health benefits and paid vacation that is based in Newark, Delaware. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A director-level position may be considered for a candidate with appropriate team management, project management, and spill response experience.

Tri-State is a federally licensed, 501(c)3 not-for-profit avian rehabilitation clinic located in Newark, Delaware, that provides professional care for a caseload of 3,000 native wild birds annually and is internationally recognized for providing oiled wildlife training and response to colleagues and industry partners for all wildlife species.

Click to read the Oiled Wildlife Programs Manager job description.

Interested persons should apply here through Indeed.

Veterinary Student Externship:  Due to COVID concerns, we are temporarily not accepting applicants for the 4th year veterinary student externship position. Please continue to check this site for updates about this position.  

Tristate Bird Rescue & Research (TSBRR) is accepting applications from 4th year veterinary students attending veterinary school in the United States for a 3-6 week externship. TSBRR has two main programs: 1. a wild avian rehabilitation clinic that admits approximately 3,000 cases per year as well as 2. an oiled wildlife response team. TSBRR employs 1 full-time veterinarian. Externs will work closely with the veterinarian to perform the care, treatments, procedures, and husbandry of approximately 5 assigned cases. In addition, the extern will be involved in the admission of new patients; diagnostics such as radiography, fecal examination, and basic bloodwork; surgeries; recheck examinations; avian ophthalmology; and medical record keeping. Applicants must be in their 4th year of veterinary school (or the equivalent) in the United States. Applicants must have completed at least 1 clinical rotation within their school’s hospital prior to the TSBRR externship. Interested applicants should email Dr. Cristin Kelley at

Equal employment opportunity: Tri-State is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Tri-State prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, citizenship, age, national origin, disability, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by federal or Delaware law.

Tri-State is a federally licensed, nonprofit organization with over 40 years of experience in oiled wildlife response and wild bird rehabilitation.  The Wild Bird Clinic is open 365 days a year and treats 3,000 native injured and orphaned wild birds annually. Tri-State’s Oiled Wildlife Response Team conducts oil spill response training workshops, develops wildlife contingency plans, and is on call 24 hours a day to provide care for contaminated wildlife.
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