Toronto Wildlife Centre Internships

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.