Internship Program

Internships in Animal Rescue, Shelter Operations, Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Rehabilitation

Center Valley Animal Rescue (CVAR) in Quilcene, Washington has interns on site year-round. These unpaid internships are offered quarterly and may be tailored for your school’s academic schedule. On-site living quarters are available but may be shared with the other interns.

About CVAR

CVAR is a non-profit no-kill animal rescue and shelter. We are driven by volunteers and private donations. 

CVAR was established in 2002 and has been at our current site since 2004. Our 30 acres features a main building that houses small animals and our medical facility,outdoor pastures, 3 barns, dog kennels, and a new isolation building which is currently under construction. A separate area on the property is used for wildlife rehabilitation.

We have a full medical facility equipped with sterile surgery and treatment areas, digital x-ray, dental x-ray, new dental equipment, and more. There are veterinarians who donate their time on a regular basis. Our director and founder, Sara, is a LVT and Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Interning at CVAR

  • Internships are offered quarterly and will be for a minimum of 40 hours/week. This will include some weekend work and potential holiday work.
  • This is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience with animal rescue and care as well as wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Interns build skills related to running a no-kill shelter, adoption screening, and veterinary care with a diversity of domestic and wild animals.
  • Internship objectives can be tailored to your learning and career goals. Note that you will be expected to help with every aspect of animal care, not just specific areas of interest.
  • Interns work primarily with our director and founder, Sara, a LVT and Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator as well as our volunteer vets, CVAR staff, and volunteers.


  • Interns will assist staff and volunteers with daily animal care.
  • Provide care for domestic/exotic animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, rats, chinchillas, birds, reptiles, and more.
  • Provide care for farm animals including horses, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, pigs, emus, poultry, bovines, and more.
  • Provide care for wildlife in rehabilitation and education animals including raccoons, deer, squirrels, opossums, rabbits, rodents, coyotes, ducks and geese, gulls, raptors, owls, and more.
  • Animal care may include cleaning, feeding, medicating, transporting, socializing, walking, and more.
  • Wildlife care may include assisting with emergency intake, handling, medicating, cleaning enclosures, bottle or tube feeding, transport, and release.
  • Research and propose enrichment strategies for the animals.
  • Interns may be asked to fill in when volunteers are unavailable for animal care shifts.
  • Complete all required online and in-person training.
  • Interns may interact with the public by giving tours, training volunteers, and assisting with adoptions and our low-cost veterinary clinics.

Other daily activities could include but are not limited to: 

  • Learn protocol for quarantine for both inside and outside animals and demonstrate adherence. 
  • Surgery/clinic Days: Assist the veterinarians and LVT with all aspects of clinics, including: Scheduling appointments, checking in and out clients/patients, cleaning and wrapping surgery packs, drawing up injections, animal handling and restraint, placing microchips, help maintain records, help with treatments and diagnostic tests. Some of this will depend on the interns qualifications/licensing but other duties could include, supervised surgeries, taking x-rays, emergency care, dentistry, iv catheter placement, injections, tube feeding, exams……
  • Assist with surgeries, treatments, and diagnostic testing.
  • Assist farm animal vet on ride alongs to veterinary calls.
  • Animal pick-up and transport may be delegated as experience is gained.
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned.


  • Age: Must be 18 or over 
  • Interns must be able to show proof that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Prior experience with animals is preferred but not required.
  • Preference will be given to those who are pursuing a career in wildlife rehabilitation or veterinary medicine.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50lbs.
  • Ability to stand for 8+ hours a day. This is important for surgery days.
  • Available 40 hours a week.
  • Strong verbal communication skills or willingness to learn.
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently and as a member of a team.


Interns can choose to live on site at CVAR. Our newly constructed intern studio apartment is located in the loft of one of our barns. There is a kitchen, bathroom, and some furniture provided. Wifi is available. Depending on the time of year, this space may be shared with the other interns.

  • CVAR is close to beaches, mountains, and historic Port Townsend. We are about 2 hours from Seattle.
  • Public transportation is limited in this area. Jefferson Transit has one bus that runs along Center Rd 4 times daily, twice on Saturdays, and does not run on Sundays.
  • CVAR is in a remote location. There are no Ubers! It is recommended that interns have reliable transportation. If this is a barrier, please let us know.

To Apply

Submit our application below and a CVAR staff member will be in contact with you.

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