PRIMARY ACTIVITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Animal Specialist Intern will work under the direction of the Release Site Coordinator and Leslie. The Animal Specialist Intern will have an opportunity to participate in the following activities:
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 Ranch for clinic care, or is an emergency requiring immediate direction from Leslie or Janet, our Vet.
Assist in exams and treatments
Backup to other Release Site Interns
Night time animal monitoring
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
We are always open to suggestions. Let us know if you have a special skill you think will be useful.
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 complete required vaccinations and a tetanus vaccination. Must purchase current international health insurance while in Costa Rica.
Must be 18 years of age or older
Provide proof of health insurance and current tetanus vaccination
Basic Spanish proficiency
Moderate degree of fitness
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 10 days on and then have 4 days off. Work hours will vary with assigned activities and will include night monitoring responsibilities.
There are always at least two interns working. There must be at least one intern onsite at all times.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM BENEFITS
Internships are voluntary self-funded positions. You will be responsible for all travel expenses/flights and immigration expenses.
Housing: Provided by TRR. Includes utilities.
Meals: Provided by TRR.
Other: All other costs are to be paid for by the intern. This includes travel expenses, medical insurance, entertainment expenses, and a 3-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
3-5-minute video explaining why you feel you’re the right candidate for the position (MOV file)
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.
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