Internship FAQs

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.


InTernship Application 2017

Internship Information
Eligibility to Work in Canada *
Although this interning with Hope for Wildlife is an unpaid, volunteer position, it may still fall under the definition of "work" in Canadian Immigration Law. As such, all international applicants must ALREADY posses the appropriate permits to be eligible to work in Canada in order to apply for an internship. Information for international students studying in Canada can be found here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/index.asp and information for international applicants applying from outside of Canada can be found here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/iec
Confirmation of Age *
Confirmation of Commitment *
Internship Type *
Preference will be give to applicants who are willing to do a rotation in both rehabilitation and education.
Earliest Start Date *
Earliest Start Date
Please indicate the earliest date that you could begin your internship:
Latest Finish Date *
Latest Finish Date
Please indicate the latest date that you could finish your internship:
Previous Applications *
Have you previously applied for an internship with Hope for Wildlife?
Previous Application Date
Previous Application Date
If YES above, please provide the date of your most recent previous application:
Degree/Diploma Requirements *
Please indicate if you seeking this internship to fulfill the requirements of a degree or diploma?
If YES above, please provide the name of the school and the program you are enrolled in, and the contact information for your placement coordinator/supervisor so that we can contact him/her to ensure that the internship your are applying for meets the requirements of your program.
Accommodations *
A limited number of spaces are available in our intern bunkhouse, and because of the early morning and late evening hours, Wildlife Rehabilitation interns are given priority for these placements. Applicants living offsite MUST have their own transportation; Hope for Wildlife is located in a rural area and public transportation does not meet scheduling requirements.
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