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Toronto Wildlife Centre
2018 Winter/Spring Internship

Position: Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern
Type: volunteer; off-site housing may available at no cost
Organization: Toronto Wildlife Centre
Location: Downsview Park, Toronto/North York, Ontario

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
  • Medicine administration
  • Natural history and behaviour
  • Proper nutrition and food presentation
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Release criteria
  • Animal handling and husbandry
  • Tube feeding birds
  • Fluid therapy
  • Record keeping using online database
  • Wound management
  • 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. 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 16 weeks, or
  • Three 10 hour shifts per week for 16 weeks, or
  • Four 10 hour shifts per week for 16 weeks

The more days an intern can commit to, the faster their learning and the more opportunity they will have to practice new skills.

Sessions start the week of February 11th, 2018 and end the week of May 27th, 2018.

Application Procedure:

Please email a resume, cover letter, preferred number of shifts and 3 letters of recommendation by January 10, 2018 to:
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Preference will be given to those that can start immediately.

Current TWC volunteers only need to submit 2 letters of recommendation.

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Numéro : 43280       Date publiée sur Dec 8 2017