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Toronto Wildlife Centre 2017 Fall/Winter Internship

Position: Wildlife Rehabilitation - Internship
Type: volunteer / unpaid
Organization: Toronto Wildlife Centre
Location(s): currently located at Downsview Park with plans to move to the Rouge Park area in 2019, Toronto

Our wildlife rehabilitation interns provide direct care for our wild patients such as birds, mammals and turtles. The internship is intense, repetitive, fast-paced, physically demanding and requires significant responsibility and initiative. The position provides the interns with the opportunity to learn how to care for a wide variety of native species and experience wildlife rehabilitation in one of Canada’s largest and busiest centres.

Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers to gain valuable practical experience while helping TWC’s wildlife patients. Some of the skills learned include the following:

  • Species identification
  • Natural history and behaviour
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Animal handling and husbandry
  • Fluid therapy
  • Wound management
  • Medicine administration
  • Proper nutrition and food presentation
  • Release criteria
  • Tube feeding birds
  • Record keeping using online database
  • Recognizing signs of illness

Interns will work under the supervision of professional wildlife rehabilitators and trained wildlife caregivers.


Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be current on their tetanus vaccine. Preference will also be given to those that have rabies immunization. Because patients require care every day of the year, we require interns to have a flexible schedule as weekends, evenings and holidays are required. Days are scheduled as 10 hours; however, since this is a task-based workplace, longer hours are frequently required in order to complete all necessary tasks.

Interns must be comfortable working long hours with a demanding workload. Applicants need to have a strong personal work ethic, punctuality, initiative and a strong desire to learn. Good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to speak, read and write English proficiently is also required.


Off-site housing may available at no cost, depending on participant’s commitment and availability of the site. However, internet/TV is not provided. Please also note that personal transportation will be necessary as public transportation is not practical from that location.



Length of Commitments:

  • Two 10 hour shifts per week for 4 months, or
  • Three 10 hour shifts per week for 4 months, or
  • Four 10 hour shifts per week for 4 months

As the patients are wild animals, it takes time to learn proper and safe handling techniques, as well as protocols for their care. The more days committed, the faster interns can learn new skills, and more opportunities can be provided.

Start dates are flexible; applicants may start anytime in October, November, or December.

For more information regarding shifts please contact:

Application Procedure:

Please email a resume, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and preferred start date/number shifts and by November 1, 2017 to:

Preference will be given to those that can start immediately.

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GoodWork ID: 42833       Date posted to Oct 13 2017

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