Available TRR Internships

By clicking the descriptions below you'll be able to better understand which internship is best for you! Note that we have various locations. If you click TRR (green) then that means you will be located at TRR Headquarters in San Josecito, San Isidro, Heredia. If you click TRR Release Site (blue) you will be located at TRR Release Site in Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Heredia.

Professional Internships with the Toucan Rescue Ranch!

About our Internship Program:

Get involved by becoming an intern at the Toucan Rescue Ranch! By applying for an internship - you are given a unique experience, gaining an in-depth understanding of our mission and the animals we serve. We have several internships requiring various skills and experience - from marketing, business administration, animal clinical work, conservation research, ecology and environment, veterinarian education, and culinary arts. We also work with various schools all over the world if you are looking for an externship or to earn credit with your university. We happily accept university students, university graduates, individuals that have been working in their respective field, and so on. Please read thoroughly our various descriptions for better understanding of your applied position.

TRR Internship Locations:

We have multiple locations:

  • Headquarters: San Josecito, San Isidro, Heredia;
  • Main Release Site: Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Heredia;
  • Clinic & Satellite Release Site: Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Puntarenas (internships coming soon)

Interns must be 18 years of age or older, provide proof of health insurance and current tetanus and rabies vaccination. Must have basic Spanish speaking skills or be learning Spanish.

Depending on the type of internship you apply for, you will be required to work for a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month minimum. You must have education, training, or experience regrading the internships you apply for. As a part of the application process we will ask for 3-professional references.

Internships are voluntary self-funded positions. You will be responsible for all travel expenses/flights, and immigration expenses as well as any border runs regarding your VISA you may have to do during your stay. To better understand what your internship includes please review each internship description.

¡Agradecemos y motivamos a los pasantes locales! Requerimos que tenga 18 años o más, que tenga seguro de salud y sea estudiante de algo relacionado con animales. Se le pedirá que tenga los mismos requisitos que un voluntario internacional. Si es una solicitud formal, por favor completa los puntos a continuación.
Proceso de Aplicación:
  • Carta de interés de una página
  • Currículum Vitae
  • Información de contacto con tres referencias profesionales
Por favor envíe esta información applications@toucanrescueranch.org 

The Toucan Rescue Ranch provides housing for international interns:

  • The Headquarters Intern House: Here you will be staying with fellow interns at the Toucan Rescue Ranch. Housing includes a bedroom (private and/or shared), 2-bathrooms, common area, and kitchen. Laundry access is at the Toucan Rescue Ranch (not the house). The house is in a safe gated community with WiFi. The house is located off grounds and is a 7-minute walk to/from the Toucan Rescue Ranch. Located in San Josecito, San Isidro, Heredia.
  • The Sloth House: Depending on your internship position you may be staying in the Sloth House located on TRR grounds. This is a small cabin with a shared bedroom, small common area, kitchenette, and 1-bathroom.  There is laundry access and Wi-Fi. Located at Toucan Rescue Ranch Headquarters - San Josecito, San Isidro, Heredia.
  • Release Site Intern House: If you are applying for a Main Release Site internship you will be located at our Release Site in a remote area in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. Housing includes a bedroom (private and/or shared), 2-bathrooms, common area, and kitchen with some laundry access. Wi-Fi included. The house is located on TRR Release Site grounds. You will be living and working at the same location. Located in Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Heredia.

The Toucan Rescue Ranch provides 3-meals per-day for all internships. Please indicate in your application if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies so we can plan accordingly.

Regardless of your role, we are committed to providing a rich internship opportunity that utilizes your unique skills to help Toucan Rescue Ranch achieve its mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife. Your health and safety are of utmost concern to us during your internship assignment. While working with animals, it’s important to understand and minimize the risks you take to ensure your own safety and that of the wildlife. We’ll work to provide our interns with appropriate training and protective gear throughout their stay.

We require that you have a current tetanus and rabies vaccination. You are also required to have current international medical insurance that will cover you in Costa Rica. We have insurance coverage recommendations for those being covered in Costa Rica. If you are interested, please ask iny our application. You will be required to turn in document proof of your current vaccinations and insurance during orientation. Please have these documents ready and printed.

If you would like to be a part of the TRR team, please complete our Internship Application Process by sending the following documents to applications@toucanrescueranch.org

  • Title email: INTERNSHIP NAME | APPLICANT NAME
  • One-page cover letter of interest
  • CV or resume
  • Contact information of three professional references

NOTE: Each internship description has special application requirements, education, and skills. Please read your internship description carefully. Only complete applications will be reviewed. We will try to respond to your application within 1-week after submission.

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.

Available SST Internships

These internships are with the Saving Sloths Together Program in partnership with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica! Toucan Rescue Ranch does not evaluate these applications. If you would like to apply for one of these positions please email volunteer@theslothinstitute.org

NOTE: These internships are located at the TRR Release Site: Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Heredia location.

Internships with the Saving Sloths Together (SST) Program!

About Saving Sloths Together (SST) Internships: 

The Saving Sloths Together program was founded in 2017 by The Toucan Rescue Ranch and The Sloth Institute with the purpose of combining each organization’s skills and knowledge to improve the process of sloth rescue, rehabilitation and release in Costa Rica.  Together, we are able to combine the best medical care, scientific expertise, dedication and passion to provide the very best experience for every sloth needing help for a second chance at a life in the wild. This is a partnership between both organizations.

The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI) was founded in 2014 for the purpose of enhancing the welfare of captive and wild sloths through research and education. We also collaborate with Toucan Rescue Ranch on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sloths. TSI is a legal non-profit in Costa Rica and fiscally sponsored by a US 501(c)(3) tax deductible non-profit. Our headquarters are located in the Manuel Antonio rainforest maritime zone property at Tulemar Resort a short distance from Manuel Antonio National Park.

The SST Program Internship Locations:

  • Main Release Site: Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Heredia;
  • Clinic & Satellite Release Site: Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Puntarenas (internships coming soon)
All applicants must be physically fit, healthy, have field research experience, behavioral research experience (requires patience), excellent communication skills, a strong interest in animal welfare and conservation and a great sense of humor. SST Program Requirements: Coursework or experience in zoology, environmental education, wildlife ecology, or a related field is required. Experience traveling to a tropical country and living in rainforest conditions are a plus. Experience working with VHF tracking technology are strongly considered. Additional Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older. Provide proof of health insurance. Have a current tetanus and rabies vaccination. Have basic Spanish speaking skills. Internships are voluntary self-funded positions. You will be responsible for all travel expenses/flights and immigration expenses as well as any border runs regarding your VISA you may have to do during your stay. To better understand what your internship includes please review each internship description.
The SST Program provides housing for Release Site interns: Release Site Intern House: If you are applying for a Main Release Site internship you will be located at our Release Site in a remote area in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. Housing includes a bedroom (private and/or shared), 2-bathrooms, common area, and kitchen with some laundry access. Wi-Fi included. The house is located on TRR Release Site grounds. You will be living and working in the same location. Located in Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Heredia. The Saving Sloths Together program provides 3-meals per-day for all internships. Please indicate in your application if you have any dietary restrictions so we can plan accordingly.
Regardless of your role, we are committed to providing a rich internship opportunity that utilizes your unique skills to help the SST Program achieve its mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sloths. Your health and safety are of utmost concern to us during your internship assignment. While working with animals, it’s important to understand and minimize the risks you take to ensure your own safety and that of the wildlife. We’ll work to provide our interns with appropriate training and protective gear throughout their stay. Recommended Items to Bring: Snake proof boots, Serious rain gear, including heavy duty rain poncho.  You will be getting wet very often, Comfortable clothing, preferably quick-dry. Clothes get destroyed in the jungle, so bring plenty of shirts/tank tops and shorts, Large umbrella, Water bottle, Backpack (waterproof is ideal), Headlamps, Binoculars, Laptop, Unlocked smart phone, Waterproof case for phone,
Must be willing to stay at least 3 to 6-months with an option for extension upon review. Position begins as early as possible in 2018. The Toucan Rescue Ranch does not process these applications. Please send your internship description application requirements to: volunteer@theslothinstitute.org.