Opportunity: Wildlife Patient Fostering/Release Assistant

Category: Internship

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Position: Wildlife Patient Fostering/Release Assistant                  Number of Positions Available: 8
Time Period: April 2018 – October 2018                                           Minimum Commitment: 3 months
Hours: 8 – 20 per week


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.


You will be picking up the patients either from our Edmonton Wildlife Hospital or our Rehabilitation Centre in Spruce Grove. You will have a list of suitable places in which to foster baby animals (“re-home”) or release adult wildlife. There is a considerable amount of driving.

Your own reliable transportation is absolutely mandatory. Some fuel compensation will be available.


Positions will start in June, July and August and require a minimum of 20 hours per week with a 3 month commitment.

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


· Must be 18 years of age or older

· Excellent driving / navigation skills

· Hiking, naturalist experience

· a good understanding of Albertan wildlife species ecology, habitats etc

· Must provide references

· Current tetanus vaccination, good physical health, and stamina

· Good communication and interpersonal skills

· Ability to work independently and as a team member

· Experience or coursework in: ecology (wildlife, behavioural), biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation or conservation

· Rabies vaccination an asset

· Criminal record check

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

Benefits & Skill development for the Intern

· Species identification, release site research, animal handling

· 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 provided

Application process

1. FILL in this application form


3. Gather all your curriculum vitae (resume)

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

5. All correspondence MUST be via email.

6. NOTE: You will only be contacted IF you were selected for an interview no later than May 1. Please understand that we are terribly busy. Be patient.

7. DO NOT CALL OUR HOTLINE. This is for wildlife calls ONLY. The internship program coordinator works at another office.

WILDNorth’s staff thanks you for your interest in our volunteer internship program. All applicants will go through an application, screening and interview process followed by orientation, in class training and onsite training to be successful in their position.