Herpetology Internship Program

Gain practical, hands-on experience with a wide variety of reptile and amphibian species in both field and captive settings. Learn from career professionals in regular seminars, workshops and guest lectures. Be part of a group that is quarantined safely but able to interact with each other in a residential setting. Acquire job skills, networking connections, and resume builders that are essential for success.

Practical/Instructional Components 

Types of Volunteer

Practical Components 

Throughout your time as a herpetology intern, you will have opportunities to gain valuable practical skills and experiences in a variety of areas.

Core Practical Components:


  • Animal Husbandry- assisting with care of 500+ reptiles and amphibians of 70+ different species 

  • Fieldwork- as seasonal conditions and projects allow this can include wetland or terrestrial surveys in various parts of Ontario

Instructional Components 

Regular workshops and seminars presented by our instructor team will provide formal or informal opportunities to explore a variety of topics related to herpetology and conservation, as well as develop specific skills.

Core Instructional Components:

  • Herptile Husbandry

  • Herptile Biology and Conservation

Elective Instructional Components:

  • Education and Media

  • Data Collection and Analysis 

  • Mapping Tools including ArcGIS, QGIS and Google Maps

  • Field Methods

  • Project Management 

  • Outdoor Skills



What Past Interns Had to Say!


“I have never had an opportunity to work with so many native animals. This has been the perfect combination of field experience and getting my foot in the door doing real conservation! I have loved my time here!”

“The biggest adventure of my life! I can’t wait for more! Thank you for the opportunity, the trust and being an incredible host.”

“It has enriched my experience and knowledge. I am grateful for all that I learned!”


Our Facilities

Scales Nature Park is a conservation facility focused on Canadian reptiles and amphibians. With 21 hectares of forests, meadows and wetlands, as well as ponds and two coldwater streams, the park protects a variety of habitats

Our nature centre houses the largest and most complete live collection of Canadian herpetofauna. 

Interns will live in on-site accommodations and all food will be provided

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