Volunteer

Wildlife Rescue is powered by over 200 volunteers who donate over 28,000 hours annually. There are approximately 150 Wildlife Rescue volunteers supporting all areas of the organization.

Without their dedication, energy and expertise, we would not be able to fulfill our rehabilitation and education mission.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS

  • Positively help injured and orphaned wildlife throughout British Columbia
  • Increase your knowledge of local wildlife and rehabilitation
  • Opportunities to attend various Wildlife workshops
  • Celebrate during our annual volunteer appreciation event
  • Give back to your community
  • Meet new people who share your passion for wildlife
  • Receive a reference letter honouring your 100-hour commitment

WHAT CAN YOU DO

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to match a range of talents and interests:

  • Wildlife Hospital – Animal Care and Staff Assistant roles perform essential animal care and maintenance tasks in the Wildlife Hospital including feeding patients and cleaning enclosures. Volunteers work together with staff to provide the best medical care and rehabilitation possible with the goal of releasing animals back into the wild.

Outpatient Care – Wildlife Helpline & Admissions; Rescue, Transport & Release; and Goose Rescue (seasonal) roles ensure the best care for wild animals before and after they attend our Wildlife Hospital, and educate the public on how to co-exist peacefully with local wildlife.

Office Administration – Volunteer Recruitment Assistants, Resource Coordination, Data Entry and other administration roles assist office staff to increase our output and reach.

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

International Volunteer Program – We work with agencies from around the world to help international volunteers gain worthwhile experience and learn about Canadian Wildlife. 

Practicum Program – Volunteers looking for a deeper knowledge of wildlife natural history and physiology can partake in an intensive Rehabilitation, Rescue, Release and/or Helpline work experience program. 

Group Volunteering – Wildlife Rescue welcomes the support of community/corporate groups looking to participate in a day of light landscaping, cleaning or maintenance projects.

Opportunities to assist with special projects in the areas of fund development, grounds & maintenance, communications, marketing, events and other areas may be available.

HOW TO APPLY

To get involved as a volunteer, complete an Application Here and register for an upcoming ‘Meet & Greet’ session.

To be eligible to volunteer you will need to:

  • Be 16 years of age or older, and
  • Commit to a minimum of 100 hours and a weekly 4-hour shift for most roles

Once you attend a ‘Meet & Greet’, we will help you complete:

  • A current Criminal Record Check (within the last 5 years), and
  • An up to date tetanus vaccination (within the last 10 years)

Apply for one of our Practicum Programs here.

Apply for our International Volunteer Program here.

To participate in a day of corporate Group Volunteering, email the Volunteer Coordinator with a proposed date, number of volunteers, and how many hours you’d like to volunteer (3-8).

VOLUNTEER LOGIN

Already a volunteer? Need to login to your account? Click 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

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