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Save Our Seabirds Internships allow college students and recent college graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience in Avian Rehabilitation, Conservation, Education and support services. Interns will closely shadow the employees of SOS and will gain experience with avian rehabilitation and the basic knowledge on how to care and handle sick and injured wild birds.

Each Intern will be in charge of an independent study that will be submitted at the end of each session. This could include and not be limited to and educational poster or presentation and or workshop for the public. Independent studies will be discussed at the time of the interview.

Duties below may include but are not limited to:

-Care of sick and injured seabirds

-Care of baby seabirds/songbirds

-Assisting with triage

-Assisting with upkeep of hospital

-Assisting with the handling of wild birds

-Feeding prep/distribute

-Cleaning of cages/habitats

-Assisting with the upkeep of our public viewing areas

-Public interactions and events

-Completion of an independent study

About SOS

Save our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center is a non-profit wildlife conservation and education organization located on the former site of The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary on City Island in Sarasota, Florida. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured birds, and to educate the public about nature and environmental sustainability. Birds that have been rescued but are unable to be returned to the wild are given permanent homes in our Wild Bird Learning Center. Save Our Seabirds rescues and cares for about 1000 birds per year.


Spring, Fall, Summer, and Winter Programs are available


We ask for a minimum 10 week commitment (unless otherwise stated in the program description), and most internships are 10-14 weeks long. They can be longer with prior approval from your program manager.

Internship Areas and Intern Duties

Interns normally work 40 hours per week and follow SOS rules and regulations. Occasionally longer hours and weekends are needed. Dress for internship is casual (Shorts +Tees) Clothing will be subject to dirty/wet situations so plan accordingly. Positions in some divisions may require more business casual attire (Events and Office work).

Financial Support

Due to Save Our Seabirds status as a nonprofit research institution, positions offered by the SOS College Intern Program are unpaid.


SOS is unable to provide or arrange for intern housing. However, once candidates have accepted an internship offer, SOS is able to put interns in communication with one another so that they may arrange for shared housing.

Local Transportation

Public transportation between SOS and most local areas is available through the Sarasota County Area Transit bus system, a service of the Sarasota County Government. Riders can pay per ride or purchase a 30-day bus pass, currently $50 (but check their website for updates). Also, sarasota.craigslist.org is a great resource for finding bicycles for sale. Interns are responsible for providing or making arrangements for daily transportation to SOS.

Location: Sarasota, Florida

Salary: N/A


Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited university or college program at the undergraduate or graduate level OR be a recent college graduate to be eligible to apply for a SOS internship. Applicants must be responsible, adaptable, hard working, motivated to learn, and have an attention to detail. Applicants have the ability and drive to work both independently and as part of a team. Maturity and professionalism are necessary when working with the public, other SOS staff members, and SOS volunteers. Applicants must have a background or degree in Environmental Science /Conservation /Biology/ Ecology /Veterinary or other related field. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. International applicants must speak English fluently.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit a one-to-two page Statement of Interest, a resume or CV, unofficial college transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation to be considered for an internship.

Other Qualifications

-Research field experience is preferred but not required

-Ability to handle high temperatures, humidity, insects, and lift/carry 25lbs

-Ability to handle live and dead prey (Rats) (Food Prep)

-Ability to handle dead fish/chicken/meat (Food Prep)

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