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Positions: Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship
Reports to: Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager
Organization: Toronto Wildlife Centre 
Location: Currently based at Downsview Park, with plans to relocate to the Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto / North York / GTA, Ontario

Start Date: Winter 2020
Commitment: 6 month (96 shifts) or 4 month (64 shifts): 40 hours per week; 4 x 10 hour shifts. Weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Position Summary:

Toronto Wildlife Centre interns are immersed in every part of wildlife rehabilitation; providing direct care for wild patients that includes a wide variety of Ontario’s native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. This unique opportunity is intense, repetitive at times, fast-paced, physically demanding, requires significant responsibility, initiative, and may be one of the most interesting and rewarding experiences you will ever have. In this often challenging position, you will be given the opportunity to see what wildlife rehabilitation is really like; providing you with hands-on experience that may lead you down an exciting new career path and perhaps find you a few new friends and lifelong memories along the way.


  • Ensure a positive, professional, and safe working environment at all times; with a focus on both human and animal safety
  • Learn about basic species identification, natural history, and behaviour of a wide range of wild patients
  • Learn about all aspects of wildlife care
  • Become proficient with safe handling and restraint of wild animals
  • Prepare, clean, and maintain enclosures for patients
  • Prepare specialised diets for a wide variety of species
  • Tube and hand feed patients as needed
  • Assist with treatments like administering medications or fluids, and basic wound management
  • Update patient records
  • Assist with training and providing some direction to volunteers and other interns

Education and Experience:

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Preference will be given to students or graduates studying in a related field


  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively within a team
  • Motivated self-starter, with ability to prioritize
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing and dynamic work environment
  • Must be comfortable working long hours with a demanding workload
  • Strong work ethic and desire to learn
  • Excellent communication skills; must be proficient in English
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Southern Ontario wildlife identification and natural history is a definite asset
  • Previous experience working with volunteers an asset


  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Current tetanus vaccine
  • Preference given to those with rabies immunization
  • Experience in wildlife rehabilitation or animal care is beneficial but not required (training provided)

Please send cover letter, resume, availability, and 3 letters of recommendation (current TWC volunteers only require 2 letters) to . Please make sure “Internship” is included in the subject line

We would like to thank you for your interest in this position. Unfortunately, due to the anticipated number of candidates only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 20 2020    ID: 57336