Sloth Rehab Intern - Heredia

The Sloth Institute and Toucan Rescue Ranch

Heredia, Costa Rica

Volunteer • Full Time Sarah King

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


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.

Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR): was founded in 2004 for the purpose to rescue, rehabilitate, and release Costa Rican wildlife. TRR receives and cares for confiscated, sick, and injured wildlife from government agencies. We give the animals a loving home while providing appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation in order to return them safely to the wild. TRR is a legal foundation in Costa Rica and is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit. Our headquarters are located in the San Isidro, Heredia in the central region of Costa Rica.

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 nonprofit 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.

TSI has a three part mission.

1) RESEARCH of captive, wild and recently released sloths including collaborations with conservationists and scientists around the world

2) EDUCATION to generate and disseminate responsible information about sloths

3) CONSERVATION programs that negate human encroachment issues impacting sloths welfare and habitat.

Location: TRR headquarters in Heredia, Costa Rica.

Position Description:

The Sloth Saving Sloths Together program (SST) accepts up to 4 sloth rehab interns a year to support the sloth rehabilitation and release program. We are looking for an active, passionate individual to help us elevate our sloth release program. The Sloth Rehab Intern absolutely must have the ability to work long days (12+ hours) with very little time off. In addition, because most of this work will occur at all hours of the day or night, this person will need to be able to work when tired. This person must be extremely dedicated to sloth conservation and willing to forgo personal comfort for the benefit of the animals. You may be sweaty, wet, cold, sleepy, sore, and tired but you'll still feel that there is no other place in the world that you would rather be than helping sloths recover so that they can one day live in the jungle again. The ideal person will eat, sleep, breathe and dream about sloths!

Animal husbandry

  • Preparing food/collecting wild food items for sloths
  • Feeding, cleaning and enriching sloth cages
  • Hand feeding sloths of various ages
  • Restraining sloths for medical procedures
  • Documenting sloth weights and bathroom habits
  • Observing sloths for exercise or play time


All applicants must be physically fit, healthy, 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. Veterinary/rehab experience is a plus.

Spanish language skills are a plus.

Must complete required vaccinations and purchase current international health insurance prior to arrival in Costa Rica.

Salary/Funding: This is a voluntary self-funded position. You will be responsible for all travel expenses/flights and immigration expenses. Room in shared house and basic meals will be provided. WIFI, electricity and running water will be included.

Term of Appointment: Must be willing to stay at least 6 months with an option for extension upon review. Position begins in June 2018.

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