Toronto Wildlife Centre Internships

Position: Wildlife Hotline and Rehabilitation Assistant Internship

Length of Internship: April 30, 2018 to August 31, 2018 (approx.)

Compensation: Unpaid

Hours: 5 days per week, 40-44 hours, weekend shifts required

Location: Downsview Park, 60 Carl Hall Road, Unit 4

Reports To: Education and Outreach Manager

Position Summary:

This position is suited to someone seeking an introduction to the field of wildlife rehabilitation. In this unique and exciting role, you will have the opportunity to help sick, injured and orphaned wild animals in a variety of ways across departments at TWC. Splitting time between the hotline and outreach department and the wildlife rehabilitation department, you will gain insight into the operations of a wildlife centre and gain valuable experience in community relations and working with wildlife. You will join a fantastic team of staff and volunteers committed to educating the public on wildlife issues and providing medical and rehabilitative care to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, with the goal of releasing healthy animals back into the wild.

Key Responsibilities:

Wildlife Hotline and Outreach

  • Transcribe phone messages from members of the public into the hotline database
  • Complete intake charts for sick, injured and orphaned wild patients
  • Assist members of the public visiting the centre including donation drop-offs and responding to general inquiries
  • Respond to calls from members of the public about various wildlife issues
  • Contact volunteer drivers to help coordinate rescues and transportation for wild animals in need
  • Filing and administration
  • Support the fundraising department as needed
  • Assist at educational presentations and events as needed

Wildlife Rehabilitation

  • Hand feed orphaned wildlife (e.g. eastern grey and red squirrels, chipmunks)
  • Provide care (including monitoring, feeding and weighing) to patients
  • Clean animal cages and do laundry to provide safe and clean housing
  • Help maintain the wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facilities
  • Prepare and deliver meals to patients

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least18 years of age or older
  • Speak and write English fluently
  • Ability to handle a demanding workload, multi-task in a fast-paced office environment while maintaining strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Familiarity with database systems and basic computer operations
  • Ability to listen and type simultaneously at 40-50 words per minute
  • Strong personal work ethic, punctuality, initiative and a strong desire to learn
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills and interest in speaking with members of the public
  • Ability to handle emotionally difficult and stressful situations
  • Interest and eagerness to help sick, injured and orphaned wild animals
  • Patience for patients who may be fussy or reluctant to feed
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination
  • Days are scheduled as 8 hours; however, since this is a task-based workplace, longer hours are frequently required in order to complete all necessary tasks
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Please email a resume, cover letter, and 2 references by March 23rd, 2018 to victoriab@torontowildlifecentre.com.

Songbird Internship 2018

Each year our experienced staff and volunteers care for over 900 songbirds. From hummingbirds to northern flickers, we care for over 80 species of birds annually, most of which are migratory. Many of these birds collide with buildings while travelling throughout the city, and they frequently require medical care in addition to daily cleaning and feeding. Songbirds are a diverse group of species that require a high level of specialized and well managed care.

This internship provides a unique opportunity to gain experience with the care of songbirds in a rehabilitation setting. During this challenging internship, interns will learn a wide range of skills while working alongside staff until they are able to work independently. Interns will be responsible for assisting with the care of orphaned, sick and injured songbirds admitted to TWC. They will assist staff with the daily care of patients, including cleaning, feeding, routine exams and treatments. Depending on their age and species, each bird has specific requirements for care, diet, housing and release back to the wild. Interns will learn species identification and natural history of passerines.

Interns will ultimately be responsible for maintaining the health and well-being of all birds within the program. They will be responsible for keeping accurate records, supervising volunteers and ensuring the rooms is maintained in a clean and orderly condition at all times. Interns should be able to work cheerfully and cooperatively with rehabilitation staff in performing the necessary tasks needed in order to ensure the smooth operation of TWC.

Requirements:
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be current on their tetanus vaccine. 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, and strong organizational skills are also required. Applicants must have animal care experience and a strong preference will be given to those with experience handling birds.

Amenities:
Off-site housing may available at no cost on a first come first served basis. However, internet/TV is not provided. Please also note that personal transportation will be necessary as public transportation is not practical from that location.

Payment:
Unpaid

Length of Commitments:

  • Four 10 hour shifts per week for 16 weeks, or
  • Four 10 hour shifts per week for 24 weeks
  • Our 4 month sessions start May 6th or July 15th, and our 6 month session starts May 6th. There will be a strong preference given to those applying for a 6 month position.

Application Procedure:
Please email a resume, cover letter, preferred length of commitment and start date as well as 3 written letters of recommendation by March 31st, 2018 to aarona@torontowildlifecentre.com.
Current TWC volunteers only need to submit 2 letters of recommendation.

Toronto Wildlife Centre 2018 Spring/Summer Internship

Toronto Wildlife Centre is a registered charity that provides medical care and rehabilitation to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. As one of Canada’s largest and busiest rehabilitation centres, TWC admits 5,000 patients each year from over 270 different species. Our wildlife rehabilitation interns provide direct care for our wild patients such as birds, mammals and turtles. The internship is intense, fast-paced, repetitive, physically demanding, and requires significant responsibility and initiative. It also provides interns an opportunity to work with a wide variety of native Ontario species and to join a fantastic team of staff, interns, and volunteers.

Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers to gain valuable practical experience while helping TWC’s wildlife patients. Just 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.

Requirements:

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.

Amenities:

Off-site housing may available at no cost on a first come first served basis. However, internet/TV is not provided. Please also note that personal transportation will be necessary as public transportation is not practical from that location.

Payment:

Unpaid

Length of Commitments:

Four 10 hour shifts per week for 16 weeks, or

Four 10 hour shifts per week for 24 weeks

Our 4 month sessions start March 25th, May 6th or June 3rd and our 6 month sessions start April 1st or June 3rd.

Application Procedure:

Please email a resume, cover letter, preferred start date and 3 written letters of recommendation by March 4th, 2018 to Aaron Archer.

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

Become a Summer Vet Tech Intern!

Toronto Wildlife Centre’s veterinary technician interns provide direct care for wild patients such as birds, mammals and turtles. The internship is fast-paced, can be physically demanding and requires significant responsibility and initiative.

The position provides the interns with the opportunity to learn about all different aspects of wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary medicine. 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
  • Animal handling, restraint and husbandry
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Fluid therapy
  • Wound management
  • Medicine administration
  • Hand-feeding young orphan birds and mammals
  • Tube feeding birds
  • Release criteria
  • Record keeping using online database
  • Recognizing signs of illness
  • Wildlife anesthesia
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Surgical assistance
  • Radiography
  • Venipuncture

Interns will work under the supervision of professional wildlife rehabilitators, RVTs and DVMs.

Requirements:

The internship requires four 10 hour shifts per week and applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must currently be enrolled or graduated from an accredited Veterinary Technician or Technologist program, be current on their tetanus vaccine and have their rabies immunization. We require interns to have a flexible schedule as weekends and occasional holidays are required. Ideally we will give our interns a set schedule whenever possible which will allow for part time work on days off if necessary.

Interns will need to be able to handle physically and emotionally stressful circumstances, as well as be able to adapt to new and fast paced situations. They will need to be able to organize tasks, set goals, meet deadlines, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to work independently or in a team.

Interns need to have a strong personal work ethic, high level of integrity, punctuality, initiative and a strong desire to learn. Good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to speak, read and write English proficiently is also required.

International students may apply however we cannot secure visas or transportation.

Amenities:

Off-site housing is available at no cost on a “first come first serve” basis. Note that personal transportation will be necessary as public transportation is not practical from that location.

Payment: Unpaid

Length of Commitment: 4 months minimum (earliest start date mid-April 2018)

Application Procedure:

Please email a resume, cover letter, potential start date and 3 letters of recommendation by March 17, 2018 to Josephine Cheung.

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

Due to the high volume of applications, only qualified applicants will be contacted.