Have you ever wanted to explore a career working with animals or helping protect wildlife? Join our Junior Rehabber Corps (JRC), a hands-on teen career exploration program, which focuses on topics such as wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, animal husbandry, careers, research, wildlife biology, and more!  Classes include animal ambassador appearances, guest speakers from professionals in the field, hands-on activities, digital resources, interconnected lessons, and more.   

There are two different sessions to choose from, both having their own unique topics. Teens are welcome to sign up for one or both sessions! Both sessions will take place Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   

The first session, JRC: Animal Husbandry Focus, is a hands-on opportunity that focuses on the work that goes into a career working with or caring for animals.  This experience explores topics such as enclosure design, animal needs, training, diet prep, and other aspects that go into an animal care occupation, like at a sanctuary, zoological setting, or right here at our wildlife rehabilitation clinic!  Students will even have the chance to design an enrichment project for an animal.   

The other session, JRC: Citizen Science Focus is a hands-on program designed to inspire teens to take conservation into their own hands! We will spend the week exploring the world around us and contributing to real world science as we do it. You can expect special guests, interactive projects, and activities inside and outside the classroom. You provide the curiosity, and we’ll provide the rest! 

What is Citizen Science? Whether it be counting fireflies or identifying birds, there are dozens of different projects in which everyday people can make observations and contribute their findings to help scientists make an impact on the natural world. 

Dates | Times | Age Groups

July 10 – 14 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | “JRC: Animal Husbandry Focus”

July 17 – 21 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | “JRC: Citizen Science Focus

Pricing: $250/participant; (Early Bird pricing: $220 before March 15th); Discounts available for additional siblings registered for JRC

Register Here

Other notes:

  • Must be 13-17 years old (Participants must be 13-17 years old at some point during the duration of the program.)
  • We do our best to make our programming a safe and inclusive space, but be advised that there may be allergens present on our facility (like pollen, animal dander, and nuts).
  • We are offering limited scholarship opportunities for families in need of financial assistance. Please reach out to the Education Department (education@humaneanimalrescue.org or 412-345-7300 ext. 501) with any questions.


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Care They Need.
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