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Wildlife Health Externship and Volunteer Opportunities

The Wildlife Health unit within the Fish and Wildlife Health subsection of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers externship, summer volunteer position, and year-round as-needed volunteer opportunities.

Wildlife Health Externship

The Wildlife Health unit offers limited veterinary externship opportunities, and they are open to 3rd and 4th year veterinary students. Students from all accredited veterinary schools are eligible. The position is based at the Wildlife Research Laboratory (Gainesville, FL), and externs (and volunteers) are responsible for their own housing and transportation. To maximize the externship value, it is preferable that externs commit 4-6 weeks to the program; however, 2-week externships will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Due to changes in location for some Wildlife Health staff, externships are more difficult to accommodate and are generally offered only in the Fall.

Summer and As-Needed Volunteer Positions

A summer volunteer position is also open to 1st and 2nd year veterinary, veterinary technology, and wildlife students. The dates are flexible but are open approximately 15 May through 15 August. A two-month minimum time commitment is required. Although not officially an externship, externship credits may be attained if approved by your school and if there is sufficient veterinary supervision.

In addition to the summer volunteer position, volunteer positions may be available throughout the year on an as-needed basis. These positions are open to veterinary, veterinary technology, and wildlife students as well as others with an interest in conservation medicine. The minimum time commitment for as-needed volunteers is a period of at least 4 months at 8 hours per week.

Application Process for Externships and Summer Volunteer Program:

Students interested in an externship or summer volunteer position should contact Dr. Mark Cunningham to see if an externship is being offered during your available time slot. Applicants for the As-needed volunteer positions should contact Ms. Bambi Clemons.