Seasonal Internship Program

Avian Haven is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Maine’s bird species. We have the largest avian case load of any rehabilitation facility in northern New England, taking in over 3,000 birds per year from more than one hundred species. At any given time during peak season, we have about 150-200 birds on site. Birds come to us for a variety of reasons, such as being hit by a car, being shot, flying into a window, disease, or simply falling from the nest. Whatever the reason, each patient is treated to the best of our ability, with hopes of releasing it back into the wild.

Seasonal interns will gain hands-on experience in animal husbandry, diet preparation, clinical care, restraint and handling, avian identification, record keeping, and more. During your internship, you will have the opportunity to work alongside our experienced staff and receive training that will help you in your future career path. Once trained, we will expect interns to be able to work both independently and with other interns and volunteers to safely and efficiently complete daily tasks.

Internships run from mid/late May through late August-early September. This is our busiest season, and we do expect a commitment from our interns once they accept the position. For our full-time interns, this internship is a 40 hour/week commitment. We also have a limited availability for part-time interns, who would commit to 20+ hours/week in blocks of 5 hours or more.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Personal transportation and a valid driver’s license. Our facility is in a remote and rural part of Maine. Access to a working vehicle is essential.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • An interest in birds and reptiles!

Work Environment

  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and evenings.
  • Must be able to do work such as lifting, bending, stooping, and carrying heavy objects.
  • Must be comfortable learning how to prepare food for carnivorous animals.

Compensation

  • Successful full-time applicants may be eligible for a stipend of up to $1,500.
  • On-site housing is available for two full-time interns. Living facilities are small but comfortable, and include a kitchen, bath, private bedroom, living area, washer/dryer, and Wi-Fi. Pets cannot be accommodated in intern housing.
  • Full-time and part-time internships are available for those who live in the area and can commute.

How to Apply?

The 2024 application process is closed. Please check back in January 2025 for the next application process.