Reptilia Volunteer & Co-Op Program

Are you thinking of pursuing a career in animal husbandry and care? Are you interested in animals in general and want to gain hands on experience? Reptilia’s Volunteer & Co-Op Program provides quality experiences to interested individuals.

Volunteer Info

Typically the program length is determined by the number of hours the individual or organization is required to fulfill. For students this can range from 40 hours to over 100 hours.

The program timetable is flexible, and tailored to individual availability.

Volunteers typically students above the age of 15. The individuals skills and abilities will be taken into account before being accepted into the program, and acceptance is solely at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

  • A cover letter detailing why our program is of interest to you, what you hope to achieve from the program and your future goals

  • A resume with prior work and education history (if applicable)

Co-op Info

Approximately 5 Months, depending on the required amounts of credits.

Morning, afternoon, or full day shifts are available, depending on the number of credits required.

Co-Op participants are typically students above the age of 16 that are currently enrolled in a credit course (2 or 4 credits).

  • A cover letter detailing why our program is of interest to you, what you hope to achieve from the program and your future goals

  • A resume with prior work and education history (if applicable)

Have questions? Contact Us!

Please note that this form is for questions, concerns, or general information. If you would like to submit a formal application please send your cover letter and resume to volunteers.vaughan@reptilia.org or volunteers.whitby@reptilia.org

Available Hands-On Experience

Hands-on experience is a privilege to our Volunteer Cast and will be accessed based on individual skill and attitude. The level of experience our Volunteers gain is equal to their level of committment to the Reptilia Standard of Animal Stewardship and Care.

Some of the experience you may have with us are:

  • Appropriate husbandry and care for a limited range of our extensive collection of our 500 animals spanning over 130 different species

  • Aiding in meal preparation for common reptiles

  • Participation in Reptilia’s ongoing research projects

  • Discussions on Animal Welfare and Care

 

  • Develop useful knowledge of common reptiles

  • Organization of educational materials

  • Beginner-level strategies for reptile care

  • Zoo exhibit maintenance