10-12 week commitments
The Toucan Rescue Ranch seeks short-term interns to work with staff to complete the daily feeding, cleaning and care of the over 150 animals living at the Ranch.
Interns start the day assisting with the morning feeding, which includes chopping fruit and vegetables, feeding the adult sloths, and accompanying a staff member to feed and provide fresh water for the animals – which can take up to a few hours. When the morning feeding is completed, the food for the rest of the day is prepped and then the intern moves on to other activities. These activities will vary depending on the current needs of the Ranch, and may include (but are not limited to):
- Cleaning animal carriers
- Cleaning the clinic
- Working with the on-site biologist on enclosure enhancements
- Helping with general maintenance and yard work
- Computer work, such as entering contact information from signup sheets
Depending on the intern’s background and skills, once the staff at TRR has had a chance to observe how an intern handles themselves around the animals, they may propose that the intern help with other activities, such as:
- Cleaning bird and sloth enclosures: This requires entering the enclosures with the animals themselves
- Helping with the care of the animals in the clinic
- Cleaning Emma the Otter’s enclosure. She is the most playful animal on the Ranch!
The TRR staff are always open to suggestions, and encourage internship applicants to share for consideration any special skills that may be utilized at the site.
6-month to 1-year commitments
Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) also seeks longer-term Wildlife Care Interns to support more complex and specialized daily care and rehabilitation activities at the Ranch, with a focus on animals in the clinic and orphans. The ideal intern is an active, passionate individual who can help the organization elevate its wild animal rehabilitation program. Babies and animals in the clinic often need feeding or treatments every few hours. This person must be extremely dedicated to animal conservation and willing to put the animals they’re helping first for the duration of their stay.
Reporting to and in partnership with TRR staff, Wildlife Care Interns will have an opportunity to participate in the following activities:
- Animal husbandry
- Feed and clean clinic animals
- Medicate clinic animals
- Feed orphans
- Keep rehab cages clean and safe
- Assist in exams, treatments, surgeries when needed
- Manage clinic animal enrichment
- Conduct weekly rounds with the Ranch veterinarian
- Administrative clinic work
- Open and close the clinic daily
- Manage cleanliness and order both inside and outside of clinic
- Evaluate and perfect the quality of rehab animals’ diets
- Maintain thorough recordkeeping, and detailed observations as needed