Hope for Wildlife has the pleasure of hosting interns from all over the world who stay with us for 10 weeks while they learn and work at our facility.


Internships

Our internship program is not only vital to the work we do as a rescue and rehabilitation facility, but has also proven to be a wonderful teaching tool and life experience for students who not only gain valuable experience with wildlife, but also make friends and memories that last a lifetime.

We are currently accepting applications for:

Applications for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 are now being accepted.

If you are interested in interning with Hope for Wildlife, please take the first step by considering the following questions:

  • Am I at least 18 years of age or over?
  • Am I able to commit to volunteering for up to 45 hours/week for a minimum of eight weeks?
  • Am I ready for an intense, hands-on learning experience in wildlife rehabilitation or education?
  • Do I have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination?
  • Do I have good physical stamina and health?
  • Do I have excellent communication and interpersonal skills?
  • Am I able to work both independently and as a member of a team?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, we encourage you to learn more about interning with us by selecting the area that interests you:


Wildlife Education Internships

Educating others about the importance of conserving wild animals and the ecosystems that sustain them is one of Hope for Wildlife's missions. Education interns help care for our education animals and learn about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation; they also pass on important information about the effects of human activity on the natural world to visitors at our facility.

Hope for Wildlife has many wild and domestic education animals living on-site permanently. Education interns introduce visitors to these animals and provide a wide range of information in various education areas such as the hospital, learning centre, and gift shop.

Main duties

  • Learning about native Nova Scotia wildlife, domestic animals, and various invasive species
  • Providing daily health care and enrichment for the educational animals
  • Providing tours of the Hope for Wildlife's hospital, learning centre, and wildlife gardens
  • Learning how to handle domestic animals and tamed wildlife, and how to supervise visitors as they interact with these animals
  • Helping to maintain the learning centre and wildlife gardens
  • Helping to inform the public about human-wildlife conflicts, about lessening our impact on the natural world, and about caring for our natural resources to ensure a sustainable future

Please note the following:

  • Experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife management or animal care is beneficial but not required (training is provided); however, preference will be given to students or graduates studying a related field or looking for work experience.
  • We receive applications from people all over the world! There are a limited number of positions available, so unfortunately we can not accommodate everyone. 
  • Applicants living off-site must have their own transportation.


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Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships

Hope for Wildlife rescues, rehabilitates, and releases thousands of animals each year. Rehabilitation interns learn how to care for a variety of injured and orphaned wild animals, including cleaning cages and equipment, administering first aid and medications as prescribed by veterinarians, and providing basic therapies for wildlife. They are also responsible for observing and keeping records of patients, as well as recognizing and noting any onset of illness.

Rehabilitation interns are also expected to perform minor maintenance duties including repairing existing animal units to ensure cages are secure from outside and inside intrusion, and keeping the grounds and units tidy to create a comfortable habitat for recovering wildlife.

Main Duties

  • Cleaning and disinfecting cages, work spaces, and equipment
  • Preparing food and feeding animals
  • Administering first aid and medications as prescribed by veterinarians
  • Providing basic therapies for wildlife
  • Capturing, handling, and restraining wildlife
  • Observing patients, keeping medical records, and noting any onset of illness
  • Working early morning and late night shifts

Please note the following:

  • Experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife management or animal care is beneficial but not required (training is provided); however, preference will be given to students or graduates studying a related field or looking for work experience.
  • We receive applications from people all over the world! There are a limited number of positions available, so unfortunately we can not accommodate everyone. 
  • Applicants living off-site must have their own transportation.


PROCEED TO APPLICATION