• Be able to commit at least 3 or 6 months
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Have a current tetanus vaccination
  • Have a current Covid-19 vaccination
  • International emergency medical insurance while interning
  • Willingness to get dirty, sweaty, tired, and work for wildlife
  • The ANIMAL RELATED INTERNSHIP(s) must get the rabies vaccination in order to apply. 

Internships Locations & Job Descriptions

  • GREEN - Headquarters (HQ) in San Josecito, San Isidro, Heredia.
  • BLUE - Release Site (RS) in Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Heredia.
  • ORANGE will be a remote internship.

Professional Internships with the Toucan Rescue Ranch!

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 fields, and so on. Please read thoroughly our various descriptions for a better understanding of your applied position.

Your Safety, Our Priority:

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 ALL internships have a current tetanus 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 in your application. You will be required to turn in document proof of your current vaccinations and insurance during orientation.

Please use the APPLICATION FORM below to apply for an internship.

Application Deadlines & Service Dates

Clinic Internship at Headquarters: San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica

  • February 6, 2023 - August 19, 2023
  • August 7, 2023 - February 26, 2024
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 9, 2023

Sloth Rehabilitation Internship(s) at Headquarters: San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica

  • April 3, 2023 - October 14, 2023
  • May 4, 2023 - November 14, 2023
  • September 25, 2023 - April 8, 2024
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 27, 2023
  • October 23, 2023 - Jan 29, 2024
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 27, 2023

Animal Husbandry at Headquarters: San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica

  • February 28, 2023 - September 10, 2023
  • August 27, 2023 - March 10, 2024
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 29, 2023

Marketing & Communications at Headquarters: San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica

  • February 13, 2023 - August 28, 2023
  • August 14, 2023 - February 26, 2024
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 16, 2023

Service Program Recruiter

  • November 28, 2022 - June 12, 2023
  • May 29, 2023 - December 11, 2023
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 31, 2022
  • November 27, 2023 - June 10, 2024

Clinic at the Release Site: Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

  • February 16, 2023 - May 15, 2023
  • May 8, 2023 - November 20, 2023
  • November 13, 2023 - May 27, 2024
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 17, 2023

Animal Care Internship(s) at the Release Site: Nazareth, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

  • December 17, 2022 - May 1, 2023
  • March 9, 2023 - June 5, 2023
  • April 10, 2023 - August 14, 2023
  • May 29, 2023 - October 16, 2023
  • August 7, 2023 - December 11, 2023
  • October 9, 2023 - February 12, 2024
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 13, 2023

Latest Service Program News

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    More than just cute piggy noses or smiling eyes, sloths are incredible arboreal animals. Recently named as a national symbol in Costa Rica, they have gathered people’s attention, yet in more danger than ever: electrocutions, car accidents, and human development has destroyed sloth habitat. Saving sloths and helping them go #backinthetrees is Toucan Rescue Ranch’s […]

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  • What to Expect When Interning or Volunteering at the Toucan Rescue Ranch!

    Coming to work at Toucan Rescue Ranch? We are so excited to have you! My name is Emma and I was an intern March-September 2022 at our Headquarters in San Isidro de Heredia! It can be tricky to prepare to live in a place you’ve never been before, especially if the culture and climate are […]

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    As a native Costa Rican, I can tell you my home country offers natural beauty beyond comparison – and outside activities are the #1 reason you should visit. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica has never been afraid to take on big challenges when it comes to preserving nature. In fact, more than 28% of our land is dedicated to national parks, reserves, and wildlife refuges and has topped the polls when it comes to ecological footprint since 99% of our energy is renewable. In addition, Costa Rica has been proclaimed as one of the happiest countries in the world, and here’s why:

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Costa Rica Wildlife Rescue Internship Online

During this internship, you’ll be joining us by video call. You’ll learn about important past cases from Toucan Rescue Ranch!

Throughout the internship, your veterinarian instructors will be covering these special veterinary topics:

  • Release case histories of sloths, owls, parrots, foxes, and tamanduas
  • The training of each species to be ready for life in the wild
  • Evaluating animals for release, with a focus on sloths and the Saving Sloths Together partnership program
  • Treating sloth electrocution cases, an unfortunately common occurrence because of power lines built across the rainforest canopy
  • Orthopedic surgery on wildlife
  • Physiotherapy cases
  • Eye medicine in wildlife
  • Cell regeneration therapy
  • Hand raising of baby sloths as taught by the TRR Founder Leslie Howle