Piedmont Wildlife Center offers unique internship opportunities for high school students, college students and adults. The internships are direct, hands on experiences, giving you the opportunity to be of service in the community. Internships may focus on the areas of Wildlife Conservation, Education (Nature Mentoring), Botany, Applied Wilderness Skills or Organizational Administration. Each Internship at Piedmont Wildlife Center is tailored according to your goals and interests. The internships are unpaid, however they offer excellent work study opportunities. Interns can attend any adult classes including the naturalist guild and plant circle for free. Internship hours may apply towards graduate and undergraduate academic credit hours. Non-college students wishing to gain more experience in the field are also welcome and encouraged to apply for the Internship program.
Wildlife Conservation Internships
- Check out our wildlife conservation FLYER.
- Learn raptor handling and care.
- Learn general animal handling procedures and care of snakes, turtles, bearded dragon, chickens and a dove. (Note: PWC has a very small collection of education animals).
- Help coordinate and participate in a BioBlitz, a 24-hour species inventory of Leigh Farm Park (Summer & Fall interns).
- Participate in an ongoing study on Eastern Box Turtle populations, including the use of radio telemetry.
- Participate in conservation efforts including: constructing wildlife gardens, assembling and installing nest boxes, and participating in a biological inventory program (through use of trail cameras, observation, and a bioblitz).
- Help coordinate Wildnet, a community based wildlife rehabilitation program. NOTE: PWC does not rehabilitate wildlife.
- Summer deadline: March 15. Spring/Fall deadline: None
- Practice educational program design and presentation
- Explore tactics for developing an active learning environment. Observe teachers in the field, help present youth programs, receive feedback on teaching strategy and develop a collection of techniques to help with guiding nature mentoring experiences.
- Explore Field Natural History. Recognize and understand wild flora and fauna in the field
- Special attention can be given to individual topics by request.
- Hands on design and implementation of a conservation garden
- Participate in a conservation oriented biological inventory program
- Prepare educational specimens and botanical displays
- Learn field identification techniques for local trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants
- Trainings also include field based study of plant-animal interactions and ethnobotanical uses of local plants
Applied Wilderness Skills Internships
- Get direct mentoring in applied wilderness skills and help pass on those skills in our public programs and camps
- Assemble natural materials for classes and events focused on applied anthropology, survival skills, and ethnobotany
- Practice techniques in indigenous art and craft using materials from the wild and help provide educational displays and activities for the wildlife center
NonProfit Adminstration Internships
- Event planning and coordination strategies
- Development campaigns: Membership/fundraising strategies
- Nonprofit management practices
- Press relations and marketing
- Networking and Outreach
- Database management and design
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ALL INTERNSHIPS
Send the following to the contact(s) listed below:
- COVER LETTER–Make sure to include which types of internships interest you and what date you would like to begin
- ONE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
SEND APPLICATION VIA:
Piedmont Wildlife Center
364 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC 27707
* ATTN: Internship Program
FALL/WINTER, SPRING and SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE.