2005-01-14 / Community

Exam Set For Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitator

New York State Department of

Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty has

announced that the examination for individuals seeking to become

licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitators has been scheduled for Friday, April 8, at 10 a.m.

Those interested in this free, written examination should pre-register by March 18.

“Wildlife rehabilitators care for injured, sick or orphaned animals,

and help these animals return to the wild,” Commissioner Crotty said.

“Rehabilitators are dedicated volunteers who spend considerable time

in developing the skills to provide expert care to distressed wildlife. They are important partners in our efforts to conserve New York State’s unique animals and birds.”

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.

Wildlife rehabilitators must be willing to invest significant time,

money, and effort to handle, house and care for animals.

DEC encourages anyone interested in becoming 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 (ECL) 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.

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