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Do you want hands on experience working with wildlife?  Animal care interns at TreeHouse have a unique opportunity to experience all facets of the operation of a wildlife rehab facility.  Interns are involved in every stage of rehabilitation, from admission to release.  An ordinary day could involve building a platform for a new cage, assisting with an educational program, or intubating an owl.  Interns learn about the care and rehabilitation of native Illinois wildlife from experienced rehabbers and gain hands-on experience in wild animal husbandry.  Students majoring in veterinary medicine, biology, zoology and environmental sciences would benefit from a TreeHouse internship.

Internships are a minimum of 8 weeks for 40 hours a week and two days off for free time. There is on-site shared housing available for up to five interns at a time. Stipends are currently not available.

Unable to commit to 40 hours a week? TreeHouse also offers externships for local students currently in school or working. Externs commit to working 10 hours a week or more on a flexible schedule for a minimum of 10 weeks.

TreeHouse also offers internship opportunities in areas other than animal care.  If you have a particular interest that might be mutually beneficial to a non-profit, animal orientated organization, such as education, fundraising, public relations, grant writing, etc. please send us an e-mail at and let us know.


To apply for our internship program, please download and complete the Internship Application which is found by clicking on the link below. We also request a copy of your resume and a one page essay introducing yourself and explaining why you are interested in interning with us. Email these documents to our Wildlife Rehabilitator, Kerry Lennartz, at or mail them in to 23956 Green Acres Road, Dow, IL 62022 ATTN: Kerry Lennartz.

How to Apply

Internship Program

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