Opportunity: Wildlife Patient Fostering & Release Assistant

Category: Internship

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Position: Wildlife Patient Fostering/Release Assistant                  

Time Period: Spring & Summer        Dates: May through August (with expansion option, starting April and ending in September)

Hours: 20-40 hrs per week                  Minimum Commitment: 4 months


We are seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our patients.

WILDNorth is a charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured and orphaned wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community. We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species. Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% mammals (squirrels, porcupines, fox)


Working under the supervision of the Animal Care Manager and Wildlife Services Director,

Interns will be “on call” and ready to go when staff will contact you by phone when you are needed. In addition, during your shifts, while waiting for our call, be scouting locally for certain species and suitable release sites, in your local area as instructed by staff.

You will also conduct post release monitoring by observing the fostered or released animals for 1-2 hours as needed and time permitting. Interns will also interact with and work with the facility volunteers and the public. Interns are asked to complete WILDNorth training as required of all Animal Care Volunteers prior to the placement.


Internships take place at the Wildlife Hospital in Edmonton or the Rehabilitation Centre in Spruce Grove.


All positions are voluntary, NO salary is offered. Housing and transportation is not provided.


· Minimum age of 18 years of age or older

· Experience or coursework in: biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or husbandry

· Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina

· Rabies vaccination an asset

· Good communication and interpersonal skills

· Ability to work independently and as a team member

· Ability to be motivated, flexible and patient in a highly demanding work environment

· Criminal record check

· Must provide references

Benefits & skill development for the Intern

· Species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research and proper husbandry techniques

· Animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work

· Further your career or educational goals

· Orientation and training provided

· Learning job skills and team work

· Mentorship and friendships with like-minded people

· Certificate of completion of internship provided

Application Process 

1. FILL in this application form

2. Prepare resume

3. Respond to the confirmation email with your resume/CV and references

4. Complete Interview


All correspondence MUST be via email.

DO NOT CALL OUR HELPLINE (unless you’ve found injured or orphaned wildlife). This is for wildlife calls ONLY.  Please direct any questions to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wildnorth.ca

WILDNorth’s staff thanks you for your interest in our volunteer internship program. All applicants will go through an application, screening, and interview process. Successful candidates will then attend an orientation, in class training, and onsite training.