Wildlife Rescue is powered by volunteer support. Without the dedication, energy, and skills of our volunteers we would not be able to fulfill our vision and mission. Every year, more than 200 volunteers dedicate over 20,000 hours, both on and off-site, to further our cause and create the organization you see today. Whether on the frontline or behind the scenes, our volunteers promote the welfare of wildlife and help give them a second chance at life. Will you help us make a difference for wildlife?


It is the policy of the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (WRA) to provide equal opportunity for all qualified applicants, for both staff and volunteer positions without regard to race, color, religion or creed, gender, age, disability, national original, language, political belief, marital status, or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodation will be made for persons with disabilities. The only requirement – that you care about helping wildlife as much as we do! 

Volunteering Roles

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to match a range of talents and interests. Please note hiring occurs on a seasonal basis, and the role you are interested in might not be available for immediate start. 

When giving their time to Wildlife Rescue, our volunteers promote the welfare of wildlife and help give them a second chance at life. Are you interested in helping us make a difference for wildlife?

Wildlife Hospital

Animal Care and Staff Assistant roles perform essential animal care tasks in Wildlife Hospital including preparing diets for patients and cleaning enclosuresThey get to help the team bring meals to our wildlife patients, prepare temporary habitats, and general maintenance of our site.

Transport & Release

Transport Volunteers help wildlife by transporting injured animals and supplies to and from our facility in Burnaby.

In this flexible role, you get to pick up already contained injured, orphaned or pollution-damaged wildlife and bring them to the Wildlife Rescue rehabilitation centre, as well as release rehabilitated animals back into the wild. Other responsibilities include transferring animals between Wildlife Rescue and other partner wildlife rehabilitation centres.

Support Centre

Divided between several roles, the Support Centre volunteers are in direct contact with members of the public. Helpline volunteers answer inquiries from the public via phone and email, give instructions on how to contain injured wildlife, and educate the public on how to co-exist peacefully with local wildlife. Our Admissions volunteers intake new patients, enter patient information into the database, encourage donations and educate finders on how to mitigate conflicts with urban wildlife. These roles are perfect for anyone who enjoys working directly with people, is patient, compassionate, communicative and interested in learning incredible facts about our rich local wildlife. Rescue volunteers capture and transport injured animals in instances where more training and skill is needed for a successful capture than the general public is able to provide. Transport volunteers safely transport contained injured and orphaned to Wildlife Rescue. They dedicate their time to drive to the location of an injured animal with their own vehicles and bring them to our hospital; Release volunteers return recovered animals back to the wild. Transport roles are the most flexible for those who have an intensive schedule and can’t commit to a set shift. 

Office Administration

Admin volunteers help with various administrative projects in all departments of our organization to increase our output and reach. These positions can be on-site or remote and include, but are not limited to, Data Entry, Recruitment Assistants, and Grant Writing.

Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach roles organize Wildlife Rescue’s presence at many local events where we educate the public on how to co-exist peacefully with local wildlife and encourage people to get involved.

Gardeners & Handy People

We have a large site which takes a team of dedicated volunteers to maintain.   If you love working outdoors and gardening, or have a talent for fixing things, this role is for you!

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ sheet here!

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Volunteering at Wildlife Rescue has allowed me to connect with dozens of like-minded people who share the same passion for wildlife and nature. It’s very rewarding!”

– Maggie D, Animal Care Volunteer



Through your backing, we provide care for more than 5,000 animals a year, giving them a second chance at a natural life. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation. We can because you care! Read more



Wildlife Rescue is powered by volunteer support. Throughout the year there are hundreds of volunteers who share their time and expertise for all facets of the organization. Read more



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