Our Work Study Program is coordinated through the Provincial Public School System and is managed on site through the Animal Care Supervisory Staff. Work Study students do work in contact with wildlife and are instructed in all facets of animal care, husbandry, examination, therapy, zoonoses, diet, natural history and rearing. The time of year will determine much of what a student wil be exposed to, but rest assured this is an intensive work study not for the faint-hearted or easily tired. Proof of an up to date tetanus booster will be required to work in contact with certain of the animals as well as a signed parental consent form.
Work Study students typically work an eight hour day and are encouraged to attend morning meetings which generally consist of a “topic for the day program” which can include fluid therapy, drug therapy, and administration, zoonoses, animal restraint and capture and a host of other exciting topics. We do treat you as an employee in these circumstances and do expect a positive committed attitude to all facets of the operation. At the end of the work study which is typically two to three weeks the student will receive an extensive evaluation from one or more of the supervisors.
Outstanding candidates will be considered for future volunteer positions or may even be invited back to participate in our summer internship program (students under the age of 18 can not live on property) where you can obtain valuable references which can assist you in future career endeavors. This is an excellent opportunity for young adults considering entering college to pursue biological, ecological, and wildlife studies. Elements of it will also be useful to students considering careers with animal organizations such as the Humane Society, SPCA and even Zoos.