TRR Clinic Internship
ORGANIZATION: TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH
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DURATION OF INTERNSHIP
LOCATION OF INTERNSHIP
The Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) San Josecito, San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica
THE TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH
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).
CLINIC INTERN DESCRIPTION
The Clinic Intern works under the direction of our vet and our founder to care for the animals in
our clinic and undergoing rehabilitation. Maintaining supplies and clinic records. Conducting
treatments, examinations, diagnostic procedures, feeding and caring. Expect to work long hours
and to be available for emergencies.
CLINIC INTERN ACTIVITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Clinic and Animal Husbandry
● Feed and monitor animals in the clinic
● Clean clinic and kennels
● Triage animals received at the Toucan Rescue Ranch
● Assist in exams and treatments
● Animal enrichment
● Properly maintenance regarding animal enclosure and zookeeping.
● Backup to other Toucan Rescue Ranch Interns
● 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
We are always open to suggestions. Let us know if you have a special skill you think will be
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
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.
● 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
● Must be bi-lingual: Spanish and English
● 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.
The Clinic Intern works 6 days a week with two days off one week a month - variable to change.
Days off are not necessarily on the weekend. Daily schedule needs to be flexible depending on
the animals in the clinic. Night work is required. Works long hours and expect to be ready for
You will learn about your schedule and days off during your orientation at the Toucan Rescue
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM BENEFITS AND COSTS
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, common household and a 5-day trip
out of the country every three months to renew your visa.
I’D LIKE TO APPLY
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
About TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH
APDO 69-3017, San Isidro, CR
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.
Toucan Rescue RanchOff of Route 112San Josecito, San Isidro, Heredia Costa Rica
August 7, 2022
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Please read description.