Call for Maryland Wildlife Interns

Wildlife Rescue Interns and Volunteers are needed in the Tri-County area of Calvert, St. Marys, and Charles. Each year in mid-February, Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center begins taking applications for Maryland State Wildlife Rehabilitators on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is a two-year program requiring several hours per week, year-round, and a substantial commitment of twenty hours per week, May 15 through July 30 annually during the baby animal season. These are all volunteer positions for a non-profit organization.

Common rescues involve raccoons, sea birds, waterfowl, hawks, eagles, ospreys, opossums, and turtles. OWRC is a no-kill clinic.

Anyone who intends to handle mammals must have rabies pre-exposure shots that are available at the couny Health Department or through your family physician.

Interns must be at least eighteen years of age and have their own transportation. Hours of operation at OWRC are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Non-licensed volunteers are also needed and must be scheduled in 4-hour blocks of time during office hours. To register or volunteer, please email us:

Wildlife Specialist Certificate Program

Announcing the continuation of the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue and Training Center, Inc. (OWRTC) Wildlife Specialist certificate program, which requires a cumulative total of 60 CEUs. OWRTC will offer required classes over a four-year period. All classes are accredited and approved for CEUs through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

OWRTC offers certified CEUs for state DNR requirements certificates to provide up to 15 hours per semester per student for colleges and universities under internships, independent study, or pre-vet and veterinary internship programs.

All CEU courses are offered to Maryland state-licensed Veterinarians, Vet Technicians, and DNR licensed wildlife interns and rehabilitators only.

All courses are offered on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space available. OWRTC will make every effort to offer additional courses when necessary. To register, please mail copies of your Veterinary, DNR Intern or Wildlife Rehabilitator license to OWRTC, 12199 Bonanza Trail, Lusby, MD 20657.

Fees: A nominal registration and materials fee of $3.00 per credit hour is required upon confirmation of registration. Most classes are 6 hours and earn 6 CEUs.

OWRTC maintains one of the state's most complete and comprehensive wildlife reference libraries available to its students on-site between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday by appointment only.

Note: Please bring paper, pen/pencil, and a calculator to classes.

Orphaned Wildlife Rescue and Training Center, Inc. (OWRTC) and
The Wildlife Clinic of Maryland, Inc. (TWCM) are divisions of OWRC, Inc.

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"A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
~ Albert Schweitzer, (1875-1965) German/ French theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1952

Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center is a 501(c)(3) publicly-supported, non-profit charitable organization.



Comments from Past Interns

I was able to try everything involving on-scene rescues, to helping in surgery, tube-feeding baby animals and, of course, cleaning cages.

I got to meet and work with many different and interesting people, and to spend some time with several veterinary clinics to learn their daily veterinary practices.

Basically, I worked six hours a day, but got so into it that I often stayed late to help feed baby animals when I could. They rescue everything here, even baby mice!

I loved the on-water rescues best of all. We rescued ospreys, swans, geese, and even sea turtles.

My required research paper was on emergency treatment and medications for injured wildlife. OWRC's library was great. Everything I needed was right there at OWRC.

The capture and restraint projects were fantastic, and I learned how to handle blow-pipes, dart pistols, and dart rifles. I also learned to set traps and humane trapping techniques.

It's hard to explain in one paragraph but I got to do everything involving animal rescue. I even got to hold an eagle one time, and I fell in love with baby opossums.

I enjoyed meeting so many people who were willing to help me learn about wildlife rescue and who loved animals so much.

To apply for an internship with OWRC, please email us:


Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center