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:

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

Your Safety, Our Prioity:

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.

THIS IS A GENERAL LIST. PLEASE REVIEW THE JOB APPLICATION FOR SPECIFICS.

  • Be able to commit at least 4-weeks to volunteering. A longer duration is preferred.
  • Must be 18-years or older
  • Have a current tetanus vaccination
  • International emergency medical insurance while volunteering
  • Willingness to get dirty, sweaty, tired, and work for wildlife

The CLINIC INTERNSHIP must get the rabies vaccination in order to apply. 

I'd Like to Apply!

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.

I'd Like to Apply!

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 Program!

About Saving Sloths Together Internships: 

The Saving Sloths Together (SST) 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)

Your Safety, Our Prioity:

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.

THIS IS A GENERAL LIST. PLEASE REVIEW THE INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FOR SPECIFICS.

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.

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.  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