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Opportunity: Herpetology Intern
Organization: Scales Nature Park
Location: Orillia, Ontario (accommodations & food provided)
Type: herpetology intern/ education program with fee (see below)


Gain practical, hands-on experience with a wide variety of reptile and amphibian species in both field and captive settings. Learn from career professionals in regular seminars, workshops and guest lectures. Be part of a group that is quarantined safely but able to interact with each other in a residential setting. Acquire job skills, networking connections, and resume builders that are essential for success.

The standard program length is 8 months following the traditional post-secondary semester divisions — Fall, September to December; Winter, January to April; Summer, May to August. It is possible to do only the fall or winter semester if space is available. Priority will be given to longer-term applicants. There is a program fee per semester to cover accommodations, meal plans, field work and remote trips, lectures and facility operations. Funding opportunities are available to offset these costs. The minimum age to participate is 18 years.

Hands On Learning Opportunities

Throughout your time as a herpetology intern, you will have opportunities to gain valuable practical skills and experiences in a variety of areas. One opportunity is immersion in animal husbandry practices by learning to care for 500+ captive reptiles and amphibians (more than 70 species) on site at Scales Nature Park, and participating in rehabilitation and headstarting of animals to be returned to the wild.

Another is participation in field work as project status and seasonal conditions allow, and includes wetland/terrestrial/road surveys, field data collection, mark-recapture methods, morphometric data collection, blood sampling and much more. Field work will predominantly occur in central Ontario as well as other locations, primarily in September/October and April.

You may also use your knowledge from lecture and classroom-based settings to complete personal projects based on your own interests and using data from our conservation work. Instructors will be available to mentor and guide students in further exploring topics of special interest and applying skills to specific tasks throughout the internship.

An optional international trip will provide additional opportunities for field-based learning. Regular workshops and seminars presented by our instructor team will provide formal or informal opportunities to explore a variety of topics related to herpetology and conservation, as well as develop specific skills. Online guest lectures on a variety of topics by professionals from other organizations and institutions will also be featured.

Core Instructional Components:

  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Field work

Elective Practical Components:

  1. Education and media
  2. Field methods
  3. Mapping tools (GIS)
  4. Data collection and analysis
  5. Project Management
  6. Outdoor skills

Our Facilities

Scales Nature Park is a conservation facility focused on Canadian reptiles and amphibians. As a licensed zoo, it is home to the largest and most complete live collection of native and extoic herpetofauna. The Research and Conservation Building is home to our field operations like Saving Turtles at Risk Today (START) project, and the new Georgian Bay Conservation Action, Research and Education about Snakes (CARES) project is also based here, as well as smaller conservation projects. This building also hosts an offshoot organization, the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital, which became an authorized wildlife rehabilitation facility in January, 2020.


For more information and to receive a program brochure, email

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 23 2021    ID: 61113