Toronto Wildlife Centre Internships

Internship Opportunity: Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern

Program Description

This internship at Toronto Wildlife Centre will provide on-the-job training in basic wildlife rehabilitation skills. Interns will work full-time under the supervision of professional wildlife rehabilitators and trained wildlife caregivers.

Skills learned will include wildlife species identification and safe handling techniques, nutrition and general care of native wild species and the rehabilitation and care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Interns will assist with wildlife assessment and oversight of our wildlife nursery.

Intern will be immersed and involved in all aspects of wildlife care including but not limited to:

  • Basic wildlife species identification
  • Wildlife Nutrition
  • Preparing food/diets fora wide variety of species
  • Wildlife care and disease prevention
  • Cleaning and maintaining caging for a wide variety of wildlife species (primarily mammals, birds, reptiles)
  • Proper disinfection with respect to wildlife health and disease transmission
  • General support
  • Assistance with medical care
  • Administering prescribed medications and fluids
  • Assisting the staff with treatments
  • Learning how to look for and recognize signs of illness in birds, mammals and reptiles
  • Handling and Restraint
  • Becoming proficient with safe handling and restraint of wild animals during treatments and all aspects of general care
  • Orphan Care
  • Feeding and providing care for young orphaned wildlife


All applicants must be self-motivated individuals with a sincere interest in working with wildlife and the ability to enthusiastically work long hours. Attention to detail, punctuality, initiative and a strong desire to learn are required.

  • A motivated self-starter who is mature, responsible and reliable
  • A detail oriented individual, able to quickly adapt to new and fast paced situations
  • Ability to work hard and work well under pressure
  • Intern will possess a strong personal work ethic, high level of integrity
  • A strong team player (interns will work closely with centre volunteers and staff)
  • Intern must be able to handle emotional aspects of euthanasia
  • Basic knowledge of Ontario wildlife species an asset
  • Demonstrated interest or education in wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, biology, ecology or zoology
  • Volunteer experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife management or animal care is beneficial but not required
  • Must be driven, possess a sincere interest in working with wildlife, and able to handle a demanding workload and perform in a fast-paced environment
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills, ability to speak, read and write English fluently
  • Physically fit – work is physically demanding and may involve heavy lifting (up to 40lbs) of supplies or animals
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Sense of humour a plus

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through February 14, 2017.

Session Dates

4-month positions include the following sessions:

March 27th – July 24th
April 24th – August 21st
June 1st – Sept 30th

6-month positions include the following sessions:

April 1st – Sept 30th
May 1st – October 31st

6-month interns will have the option of offsite housing (personal vehicle required), and will have more extensive training with more advanced tasks.

Weekends/evening shifts included.

*Preference shown to applicants with current rabies pre-exposure vaccination.

Application packet must include cover letter, current resumé, and 2 written work references. Session preference must be included.

Please send your completed application packet by email or by mail to:

Attn: Internship Opportunities
Toronto Wildlife Centre
60 Carl Hall Rd., Unit # 4
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M3K 2C1


Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation

Veterinary Technician Summer Internship

Program Description 

This program is designed for veterinary technician students or graduates with a strong interest in wildlife medicine. The program will also provide an introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, including basic skills training, animal husbandry and diet preparation. The intern will gain knowledge in the handling and physical restraint of wildlife species, chemical immobilization, laboratory procedures and diagnostics, radiology, anaesthesia, emergency nursing, patient assessments and treatments, basic equipment maintenance and record-keeping.


Candidates must be graduates of, or enrolled in, a recognized Veterinary Technician program and must have proof of Tetanus vaccination as well as a copy of a rabies titer within a year of completion of the program.

Sessions Available

Sessions are 16 weeks in length, available between April 15th and October 15th.

Dates can be flexible to adjust to end and start dates of different colleges.


The intern will be expected to:

  • Work cooperatively and enthusiastically within the Toronto Wildlife Centre team.
  • Be familiar with the policies of Toronto Wildlife Centre.
  • Complete work within a 40 hour work-week.
  • Be respectful of the wildlife patients, working to minimize patient stress.
  • Be familiar with avian and reptile anatomy & physiology.
  • Research and review literature, relevant to current cases and projects.


  • Pursue a special interest case study or relevant research project.

Application Process

Current résumé, including three references and contact information

Cover letter explaining your interest and/or experience in wildlife medicine and your career goals

No stipend is available for this position

Off-site housing is a possibility

We will be accepting applications from February 30 through March 30

Please send your application to:

Veterinary Department

c/o Aaron Archer

Toronto Wildlife Centre

60 Carl Hall Road – Unit # 4

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M3K 2C1