Become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator

Wildlife — By on August 2, 2010 at 6:34 am
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Hands-on help for injured or endangered wildlife

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.

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Help animals directly in their own environment

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.

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A lame duck (quite literally) gets help from a certified wildlife rehabilitator

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!

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5 Comments

  1. Jo Dea says:

    Awww, that is so cool!

    Lou
    http://www.remain-anonymous.at.tc

  2. Ben Griffen says:

    Becoming a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator would be an extremely rewarding position…

    We also run and support critical global wildlife conservation projects and would love a mention: http://www.frontier.ac.uk/Volunteer/Wildlife-Conservation.aspx

  3. GINA GEBHART says:

    SORRY ALL CAPTALIZED BUT I CAN SEE BETTER THIS WAY !! HI GINA HERE AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND AN INJURED RACOON I NAMED HER DOLLY I WISH I WOULD HAVE FOUND YOUR PAGE SOONER, I’M ALMOST POSITVE SHE HAD A BROKEN LEG SO I CALLED MY LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL AND WAS TOLD THEY WOULD TRANSPORT HER TO A WILD LIFE REHABILLATAOR THEY LIED, THEY PUT HER DOWN TODAY, AND I’M IN TEARS AS I WRITE THIS SHE TRUSTED ME TO THE POINT I COULD PICK HER UP AND FEED HER AND FOR 2 WEEKS SHE MADE ME FEEL AWSOME, I’VE BEEN AN AVID ANIMAL LOVER ALL MY LIFE ASK ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME I HAVE CAT’S OUR DOG LADYGIRL AND MY HUSBAND OF 14 HAPPY YEAR’S, I WOULD BE SUCH AN ASSET TO YOUR CAUSE. BECAUSE GOD GAVE ME THIS GREAT GIFT OF COMPASSION FOR ALL LIVING THINGS,AND I FEEL THAT DOLLY’S DEMISE IS WHAT HAS TRULY INSPIRED ME TO WANT SO BADLY IF I WERE TO GET A SECOND CHANCE TO HELP THE NEXT RACOON LIVE A FULL LIFE. I WAS AMAZED AT HOW SOMETHING THAT IS PORTRAYED TO BE SO DANGEROUS ALLOWED ME TO HELP HER. AND I AM SO SAD THAT I LET HER DOWN. PLEASE CONSIDER ME. IF POSSIBLE MAYBE WE COULD SET UP A MEETING AND BY THE WAY I HAVE BEEN A VOLUNTEER FOR HORSES AT FREEDOM RIDE HERE IN ORLANDO FLORIDA. THANK YOU HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON (407) 645-5237 GINA :-)

  4. Tim says:

    Top job to do. I can’t think of anything better than to put the needs of animals first.

  5. Erica says:

    How much does a Wildlife Rehabilitator get payed?

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