Do you love animals? Want to work out in the field in native wildlife habitat?
Instead of becoming a veterinarian or wildlife biologist, you could make a difference with wildlife rehabilitation training. Talk about the ultimate green job! If you want to make a direct difference in conserving and protecting wildlife species, this could be the program for you.
The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council offers a “Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator™” on-line training program for interested individuals. Unlike college programs, there are no prerequisites. All you have to do is study for, take and pass the exam. The certification is good for 2 years; those that obtain the certificate can retain their qualification by taking continuing education units.
Why would you want to consider becoming a certified wildlife rehabilitator? According to the website:
Professional certification provides a reliable validation of training and experience that accelerates professional development and enhances credibility. Becoming a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator shows permitting agency personnel, veterinarians, grant organizations, members of the public, and your fellow rehabilitators that you are committed to professionalism and providing the highest quality care.
There are plenty of opportunities for those that pass the exam. From aiding at high profile sites like the BP Oil Spill, to simply helping local species impacted by a brush fire or other ecological disasters, there are many animals that could use your help.
It doesn’t take a large investment of time or money to become a certified wildlife rehabilitator. But the payoff is immediate and promises to be long-lasting!