Wildlife Rehabilitator Exam

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A written examination for residents seeking to become licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitators will be given at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2002, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced.

The two-hour exam, which is offered just once a year, will be held at designated locations across the State. There is no fee for the exam or license, but individuals must pre-register by Friday, March 22, 2002.

"Wildlife rehabilitators care for injured, sick or orphaned animals, and help these animals return to their natural homes in the wild," Commissioner Crotty said. "Rehabilitators are dedicated volunteers who spend considerable time in developing the skills to provide expert care to help distressed wildlife."

Wildlife rehabilitators must be willing to invest significant time, money and effort in handling, housing and providing necessary care to animals. DEC encourages anyone interested in being a rehabilitator to obtain experience as an assistant to a licensed rehabilitator prior to taking the exam.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, and will need to submit two character references. A DEC regional wildlife staff member will interview prospective applicants. Individuals who have been convicted of violating the State Environmental Conservation Law are not eligible to take the exam.

DEC offers a study guide and an examination manual to teach applicants about the practice of wildlife rehabilitation, including technical requirements for licensed volunteers. These study materials were developed by wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, and biologists as an aid to exam preparation and are available to applicants for $15 a set.

For additional information, call DEC at (518) 402-8985 or write: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752.


hunter25's picture

This sounds like a very

This sounds like a very interesting and educational program. I did not know that any states offered anything like it help with these orphaned animals. I suppose the qualifications might actually be much higher than what is stated in the articel and I bet very few people are willing to use thier own miney to help take care of the orphaned animals they have been entrusted with. I would be very willing to invest my own time for something like this but I think the state would need to fund the expenses before I would get into the program.