TRT Summer Scholars Program

The Raptor Trust 2022 Summer Scholars Program  

Founded in 1983 as a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, The Raptor Trust is a wild bird rehabilitation center in northern NJ.  Each year from mid-May through August we receive hundreds of injured, orphaned, or displaced nestling and fledgling songbirds found by citizens. The Raptor Trust sees this time as a perfect opportunity to provide experience and education to  students who wish to learn about wildlife care and rehabilitation.

  • Purpose and Essential Functions: Summer Scholars are responsible for assisting staff in maintaining standards of care for injured adult birds, preparing diets and feeding orphaned/displaced young song birds and waterfowl, and helping with general upkeep of the center. We welcome students to participate in educational workshops, meetings, and workbook practice. Additional opportunities to gain experience may be available in your choice of the following three areas:
  • Development and Non-profit Management
  • Facilities Stewardship and Construction
  • Visitor Engagement and Education

Position Dates: May through August 2022

Scheduling: Approximately 32 hours per week including some evenings and weekends

Housing: Currently unavailable. Local applicants or individuals with local housing arrangements only.

Location: The Raptor Trust. 1390 White bridge Road, Millington, NJ 07946

Opportunities and Learning Objectives:

  • Hand-feed nestling and fledgling songbirds
  • Prepare specially formulated diets for a wide variety of bird species
  • Learn how a species’ natural history, including diet, habitat, and social patterns affect its rehabilitation
  • Monitor and take notes on patient health and behavior under the direction of our technicians
  • Greet and interact with the public while assisting with bird admissions, phone calls, and guest inquiries
  • Observe various diagnostics procedures including phlebotomy, microscopy, and radiography
  • Practice identification of common songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl
  • Develop and practice skills in teamwork, communication, time management and task prioritization
  • Become familiar with ethical, moral, and legal considerations regarding avian rehabilitation, rehabilitation of nuisance species, and the use of euthanasia

The position includes observation of raptors but does not guarantee experience in raptor care or handling. 

Payment/Additional Information: This is an unpaid, volunteer position. College students committed to this position may meet the criteria for eligibility to apply for our volunteer scholarship. This opportunity can also be modified to meet most schools’ criteria in qualifying for an academic “internship” or experience credit.

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications: 

    • Must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college degree program and in good academic standing, OR a recent graduate.
    • Must have access to a reliable means of transportation and available for evening, weekend, and holiday scheduling.
    • Ability to lift and carry at least 25lbs, spend up to 8 hours mostly on their feet, and tolerate outdoor working conditions.
    • Ability to follow directions, work well as part of a team, and communicate effectively with the staff and general public.
    • Enthusiasm for education, conservation, and the mission, goals, and values of The Raptor Trust
    • Self-directed, organized, reliable, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus 

While students in all areas of study are welcome to apply, preference may be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled  in relevant coursework including Ecology, Biology, and Animal Science related studies.

Applications are due by March 10th, 2022. 

To apply, please click the link below.

With questions, email: acannizzo@theraptortrust.org.

If you are interested in opportunities involving a smaller time commitment and requiring fewer qualifications,  please consider volunteering. Visit Theraptortrust.org or email Volunteers@theraptortrust.org.