Volunteer Program Assistant

Hours: 30 hrs/week

Dates: 6 – 16 weeks contracts between April 23rd – September 1st , 2019 

Pay: $12.65 per hour (13.85 from June 1st)

Closing: once filled

Enjoy working with people, train and motivate them? Want to make a difference for wildlife? Wildlife Rescue is seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working Volunteer Program Assistant to assist with the coordination of a busy volunteer program. Wildlife Rescue has approximately 300 active volunteers during the spring and summer in a variety of positions. Come and work alongside staff and volunteers, and help support and grow our Volunteer Program during our very busy baby bird season.

Positions are made available through the federal Canada Summer Jobs program, administered by Service Canada. To be eligible, applicants:

  • are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations.


  • Support with recruitment of volunteers
  • Deliver information sessions for new volunteers
  • Onboarding of new volunteers
  • Scheduling of volunteers
  • Evaluate and create training materials for volunteers
  • Support volunteers in various roles
  • Participate in the Outreach Program and represent Wildlife Rescue at events
  • Work alongside outreach volunteers at events
  • Provide direction to members of the public with injured or orphaned wildlife 
  • Educate the public on species-specific behaviors of urban wildlife and common

human wildlife conflicts 

  • Schedule volunteers for outreach events and communicate with event planners
  • Assist with the development of the weekly volunteer newsletter
  • Represent Wildlife Rescue in a positive manner as a first contact to the public 
  • Follow data collection procedures 


  • Experience working with people in a fast-paced, dynamic environment (e.g. restaurant, retail)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good organization and time management
  • Reliability
  • Patience and compassion
  • Able to work 4-5 days a week, which can include weekends


  • Introductory training to our systems, protocols and procedures
  • Ongoing training and support


  • Become part of a small team and make a difference
  • Expand your knowledge and skills in volunteer management, communications, customer relations, and administration
  • Increase your knowledge of local bird species and how to cohabit with urban wildlife
  • Build your resume!

To apply for a position, please send a cover letter and resume together in a single pdf file, with your name and the position in the title, to recruitment@wildliferescue.ca

Applications for more than 1 position at Wildlife Rescue are accepted. Please state clearly what position(s) you are applying for.

Please be advised that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews, but Wildlife Rescue would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest.