Volunteer Internship Opportunities

We are currently accepting internship applications Summer/Fall 2015.



Position:2015 Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Interns
Type: 2- to 6-month volunteer position with potential for limited free on-site accommodations, more (see below)
Organization: Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre
Location: Lively, near Sudbury, Ontario
Application deadline: Ongoing
***Currently looking for interns from the last week of August until the end of December.

Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to the care of a wide variety of orphaned, sick and injured wildlife. The centre admits over 750 animals per year and works closely with a team of veterinarians.  Wild at Heart is located in a small northern Ontario town, Lively, 15 km west of Sudbury, with access to public transportation.  We offer a friendly fast paced learning opportunity in a climate controlled work environment.  Facilities include access to a kitchenette, wireless Internet, and limited free on-site accommodations. Food costs are not included.  

Internship Duration:

All intern positions are voluntary and full time.  Position duration varies from a minimum of 2 months up to maximum of 6 months, 5 days per week, 40-50 hours per week.  Schedule is rotating and includes days, evenings and weekends. Preference will be given to intern applicants dedicated to internships longer than 2 months. Currently looking for interns from the last week of August until the end of December.

Position Descriptions:

Animal care Internship: The successful interns will gain valuable practical experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques while caring for a variety of native mammals, birds and reptiles.  Duties include animal admissions, diet preparation and feeding, cage cleaning, medication administration, wound management, and other daily care needs of the wildlife patients.  No experience is necessary, but commitment to the duration of the internship is required. 

Animal Care Leader Internship:  Intern leaders are involved in all of the above, with more focus on management of a particular species such as moose calves, squirrels, raccoons or songbirds.  Leaders would be responsible for their assigned species, including monitoring health of individuals and assisting in mentoring of other interns and volunteers.  Experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques is advisable.  The minimum length of the animal care leader internship is 4 months or longer, depending on the species of interest. 


* At least 18 years of age
* Commitment to the length of the internship
* Must be reliable, very dedicated, able to multi-task, and commit to work hours according to the needs of the animals.
* Also able to perform repetitive, physically demanding tasks in a fast paced, team oriented environment.
* Criminal background check may be requested.


We provide onsite accommodations, but these are limited and are reserved quickly. There is a kitchen, sitting area, two washrooms as well as shared bedrooms. Please state on your application whether or not you would like to be considered for accommodations.  

To Apply:

Please email resume with cover letter explaining why you interested in joining our rehabilitation team (please include start and end dates available and specifiy which position you are applying for) to:    *SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE

Currently looking for interns from now until the end of December.

On-site accomodations:




Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre
95 White Road
Lively, ON, P3Y 1C3
Telephone: (705) 692-4478


Advancing the health and well being of our wildlife, community and natural environment.


Wild at Heart Refuge Centre will promote wildlife conservation by providing veterinary care and rehabilitation to injured, sick or orphaned wildlife in Northern Ontario with the goal of releasing rehabilitated animals back into the wild.

In addition, we will have a strong focus on community education, volunteers, student interns and media events to increase the understanding of wildlife issues.

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