Summer Undergraduate Volunteer Opportunities

Apply now for the 2024 Summer Undergraduate Program

Application Deadline March 1, 2024

Student volunteer holding a hawk wrapped in a blanket

The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is offering a summer undergraduate opportunity in Wildlife Medicine at Tufts Wildlife Clinic, housed in the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building on Cummings School's North Grafton campus.

The position is a full-time commitment suited for undergraduates hoping to pursue some sort of wildlife conservation, wildlife biology, or veterinary medicine career. The clinic provides medical care for orphaned, sick and injured New England wildlife. Individual animals are brought to the clinic by concerned citizens, local wildlife rehabilitators, and regional, state and federal fish and wildlife agencies.

The undergraduate position requires a commitment of at least 40 volunteer hours per week for at least 10 weeks during the summer. The primary responsibility of this role is the care and feeding of the animals. This includes cage cleaning, food preparation, and assisting with medical treatments as needed. Other priorities include maintenance of the nursery, as well as the clinic as a whole, laundry, sweeping, mopping and other general tasks. Phone coverage and reception area duties will also be required. Volunteers may also be asked to keep track of animal room inventory, stock items throughout the clinic, clean and sterilize surgical equipment and perform a variety of clinic-related errands for the staff.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit the following (either by mail or online):

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Provide two recommendation letters

Qualified candidates will then be asked to attend a virtual Zoom interview. Candidates may also be asked to visit the clinic in person for a second interview and tour if needed.