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TRR Release Site Animal Specialist Internship

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The Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) - Release Site Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica.
TRR has multiple locations. This is your primary location. However, depending on evaluation
and team availability you may be asked to transfer sites.

The Toucan Rescue Ranch’s (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release Costa Rica
wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education, and research to
ensure a brighter tomorrow for Costa Rica wildlife.

TRR’s emphasis is on the care, rehabilitation, and release of national wildlife. We receive and
care for confiscated, sick, and injured animals from government agencies. The Toucan Rescue
Ranch works closely with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAE) who
brings injured and displaced wildlife to the center. TRR provides sanctuary while giving
treatment and rehabilitation. Whenever possible the animal is released to their natural

The Toucan Rescue Ranch is a licenses Costa Rica wildlife rescue facility, Costa Rica foundation
(300667701803) and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (EIN: 80-0516453).

Our Release Site is located in Sarapiqui, about 1 ½ hours from TRR Headquarters. We are
implementing both mammal and bird release programs and need dedicated individuals to care
for the animals in their final stages of release.

The Animal Specialist Intern will work under the direction of the Release Site Manager and
Founder Leslie. The Animal Specialist Intern will have an opportunity to participate in the
following activities:

Animal Husbandry
● Feed and monitor animals at the Release Site
● Clean enclosures and general maintenance
● Triage animals received at the Release Site. Triage will determine if the animal can be
treated at the Release Site, needs to be sent to the TRR Headquarters for clinic care, or
is an emergency requiring immediate direction from Leslie or Janet, our Vet.
● Assist in exams and treatments
● Animal enrichment
● Backup to other Release Site Interns
● Night time animal monitoring
Administrative Work
● Manage cleanliness and ordering of animal care supplies
● Evaluate and perfect quality of rehab animals’ diets
● Complete thorough record keeping, and detail observations as needed
Animal Specialist Focuses
● Initiate approved care plans related to treatments, procedures, medications and
continuing care requirements for rescues received at the Release Site
● Identify and communicate abnormal animal conditions by alerting supervisory personnel
● Monitor delivery of care of rescues received at the Release Site by completing patient
rounds, documenting care, identifying progress toward desired care outcomes
● Review the care plan with wildlife in conjunction with the direct care providers
Other Activities
● Backup to other Release Site interns
● Assist in the feeding and care of birds in the pre-release and breeding enclosures
● Assist in the mapping of the plants and trees on the release site
● Assist in the monitoring of wild animals and identification of what they eat
● General facility maintenance (yard work, cleaning)

We are always open to suggestions. Let us know if you have a special skill you think will be

All applicants must have experience in a veterinary setting, have excellent communication skills,
a strong interest in animal welfare and conservation. Coursework in veterinary studies,
primatology, zoology, environmental education, wildlife ecology or a related field is required.
Experience traveling to a tropical country, living in remote conditions are preferred.
Basic Requirements:
● Must be 18 years of age or older
● Provide proof of emergency health insurance while in Costa Rica
● Provide proof of current tetanus and rabies vaccinations
● Basic Spanish proficiency
● Moderate degree of fitness
● First Aid course is highly recommended
● The ability to follow directions with attention to detail
● A positive "can-do" attitude and the ability to work well in a team environment
● Experience working with wildlife or animals is a plus
Ensuring Best Practice Implementation:
● Fostering practices that support and improve the Ranch’s philosophy, goals, and
standards of care.
● Maintaining quality care by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
● Maintaining and sharing professional and technical knowledge by reviewing professional
publications, establishing personal networks, benchmarking state-of-the-art practices
and participating in professional societies.

All Release Site interns work 11 days and have 3 days off. Work hours will vary with assigned
activities and will include night monitoring responsibilities. Expect long days and split shifts.
There are always at least two interns working. There must be at least one intern onsite at all

You will learn about your schedule and days off during your orientation at the Toucan Rescue

Internships are voluntary self-funded positions. You will be responsible for all travel
expenses/flights and immigration expenses.
Housing: Provided by TRR. Includes utilities and Wifi. Sloth Interns will stay at either the Sloth House at TRR Headquarters at the Intern House (6-minute walk).

Meals: Meals are provided 7-days a week. We will show you the local stores where you can
buy additional food to supplement your meals. Please let us know if you are
vegetarian, vegan, or have special dietary requirements.

Other: All other costs are to be paid for by the intern. This includes travel expenses, medical
insurance, entertainment expenses, and a 5-day trip out of the country every three
months to renew your visa.

If you would like to be a part of the TRR Team, please send the following documents to
● One-page cover letter of interest - specify which internship(s) you are interested in and
when you are available to start
● CV or resume
● Contact information for three professional references
We will promptly contact you to schedule a Skype interview after reviewing your application. If
you have any questions we are always available via email to answer any questions.

Toucan Rescue Ranch


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APDO 69-3017, San Isidro, CR

Mission Statement

The Toucan Rescue Ranch's (TRR) focuses on the care, rehabilitation, and study of Costa Rican wildlife. We receive and care for confiscated, sick, and injured wildlife from government agencies. TRR gives the animals a loving home while providing appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation in order to return them safely to the wild.


The Toucan Rescue Ranch's (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release Costa Rican wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education and research so a brighter tomorrow is promised to the incredible animals of Costa Rica's rainforests.

The Toucan Rescue Ranch was founded in 2004 by Leslie Howle and Jorge Murillo as a rescue center that specialized in toucans. Nonetheless, the center quickly grew and started rescuing a wide range of birds and raptors.

In 2007, a baby sloth named Millie arrived and was solely in Leslie and Jorge’s care. Millie is initially what transformed the Toucan Rescue Ranch into a full wildlife rescue. Today, the Ranch rescues, rehabilitates and releases a wide range of wildlife from all over the country. TRR works alongside MINAE, the wildlife Costa Rican governing agency, on the rescue and release of all wildlife under the center's care. The Ranch operates thanks to a small staff, volunteers and interns who provide the utmost care for resident rescues, new arrivals and release candidates. They are a dedicated Costa Rican Foundation and U.S. nonprofit for Costa Rica conservation.


Animals, Environment, International


We'll work with your schedule.


Toucan Rescue RanchOff of Route 112Sarapiqui, Heredia Costa Rica



  • Veterinary
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Program Management
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6-months
  • Please read description.

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