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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 one veterinary externship during the Fall and Winter. This externship is open to 3rd and 4th year veterinary students, and 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.

Summer and As-Needed Volunteer Positions

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 can be attained if approved by your school.

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:

Applicants for the externship and summer volunteer position should submit a resume (or CV), cover letter, and contact information for three references to Dr. Mark Cunningham. In your cover letter, please identify the dates that you would be available for the program to which you are applying. Applicants should use the table below as a guideline when selecting their available dates. You will be notified within two weeks after the deadline of the decision results. Applicants for the As-needed volunteer positions should contact Ms. Bambi Clemons.

Wildlife Health Externship

Available time slots during which a 4 to 6 week externship can be scheduled. Acceptance of externship applications are temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time Period Application Deadline

Jan 6, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020


Sep 14, 2020 – Nov 13, 2020


Summer Volunteer Program

A two month minimum time commitment is required.

Time Period Application Period

Jun. 1, 2020 – Aug. 7, 2020


As Needed Volunteers

A minimum time commitment of 8 hours per week for at least 4 months is required.

Time Period Application Period