Before completing the application below, please review the following FAQs to learn more about accommodations, transportation, local area information and what to expect during your stay.
What accomodations are available onsite?
Interns stay in our intern bunkhouse, which is equipped with a kitchen that has a full-size fridge and stove, a bathroom with shower, and access to a washer/dryer. There is no rental fee, however interns are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals, and for keeping their space clean and tidy.
Are meals provided?
The kitchen is stocked with a few staples and non-perishables, but interns are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals. The nearest grocery store is a 15-minute drive, and there is a convenience store within walking distance.
What should I bring with me?
Bedding, towels, cooking and eating utensils, and kitchen basics are provided. Interns typically bring season-appropriate clothing (including rain gear!), toiletries, and books and/or electronics to use during off-time (wireless internet is available). There is not much room for storage, though, so travel as light as possible!
What should I wear?
Scrubs are provided to wear over your own clothes while working, so casual wear like shorts/jeans and Tshirts are practical and low maintenance. For colder/wetter days, having a sweater and a jacket for layering is a good idea, as many duties are performed outdoors regardless of the weather. Closed-toe footwear is required (sneakers are fine) and a pair of rubber boots are great to have on hand, too - your feet can get very wet while hosing out some of the animal units!
Are pets allowed onsite?
Interns are not permitted to bring their pets with them, as pets are generally not permitted on the Hope for Wildlife property.
Is there a vehicle onsite for intern use?
The Hope for Wildlife vehicle is primarily for animal rescue purposes; however, if not in use interns can sometimes borrow it for grocery trips and similar errands. This should not be relied upon, though.
Is public transportation available?
Hope for Wildlife is located on Metro Transit's Route 401 - Porter's Lake (click here for schedule/route map). Due to the rural nature of the area, this bus does not run frequently.
Can someone pick me up/drop me off when I arrive/depart?
Yes, we can arrange to pick you up/drop you off at the airport or train station when you arrive/depart.
What will my schedule be like?
The first three days will consist of training with a supervisor. After training shifts are completed, you will be scheduled to work four or five days per week, totalling approximately 45 hours. Shifts are usually from 6am to 2pm, or 2pm to 10pm. Your exact schedule will be determined shortly before your start date.
What will my days off be like?
On your days off your time is yours. There are surf shops nearby that offer rentals and lessons, and lots of beaches/lakes in the area. If available, the Hope for Wildlife vehicle can be used for sightseeing and exploring Nova Scotia. There is no expectation for you to lend a hand around the facility, however, you are welcome to do so.
Do I need a rabies shot?
No, you don’t. Rabies in Nova Scotia is almost always found only in bats, so if a bat requires care, only someone with a rabies shot will handle it. You must ensure that your tetanus shot is up-to-date, however.