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ORGANIZATION: Wildlife Rescue Association of BC

  • 19 people are interested

Purpose of Position

The vision of Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia is to continually improve the welfare of urban wildlife. Our mission is to provide leadership in rehabilitating wildlife and in promoting the welfare of wild animals in the urban environment. We run a wildlife hospital located on a single site at the edge of Burnaby Lake. We treat over 6,000 wild birds and bats each year and provide public education through 30,000 calls to our Wildlife Helpline. Our Business Operations department plans, coordinates and oversees all our programs including development, communications, resources and volunteering. Each year, 300 volunteers participate in a range of positions both on and off site. We are currently seeking a volunteer to perform field assessments of potentially injured/ill birds and perform capture and transport duties when necessary.


We are looking for:
* Professional communication skills when representing Wildlife Rescue in the community
* Positive attitude
* Physically fit and able to lift upwards of 20lbs - Must be agile and able to move quickly to capture wild animals
* Reliable, organized and comes prepared to calls for rescue
* Strong adherence to safety protocols
* Valid BC Drivers License
* Consistent access to a safe, reliable vehicle with insurance in good standing (winter tires may be required for some transports)
* Willingness to travel to many areas of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (greater travel areas are an asset)
* Previous experience of handling wildlife is an asset.

*Please note that before becoming involved in Rescue activities, you will be required to complete 12 Transport duties (approx. 3months with one duty per week) and complete an interview.


The Rescue Volunteer is accountable to the Support Centre staff for following direction, Health & Safety protocols, assisting with capture and safely executing the rescue plan as it is communicated to them. They are expected to ensure the highest standards of practice are achieved and maintained in accordance with the mission, vision and values of WRA, and to ensure adherence to all policies and legal requirements. All data and information will remain the property of Wildlife Rescue and be treated confidentially.

While transporting patients, Rescue Volunteers are expected to place the welfare and safety of themselves first, followed closely by that of the patient in their care. This means minimising handling to reduce stress while capturing the patient (training will be provided), driving in a defensive manner, keeping noise in the vehicle to a minimum, and following any patient-specific instructions from Support Centre staff or volunteers.

* Respond to Support Centre requests to assess birds in the field for potential injuries/illness
* Safely contain injured, sick, or orphaned birds
* Transport birds needing care to WRA for treatment
* Act as an ambassador for WRA when performing assessments and rescues in the field, responding to the public’s questions when needed
* Educate the public on the challenges faced by urban wildlife, and advocating for the importance of wildlife in the urban environment, and to educate on the work of Wildlife Rescue; and
* Offsite job responsibilities include transporting wildlife or supplies/necessities to or from the hospital and collecting information from members of the public regarding animals being transported
* Onsite job responsibilities include assisting Admissions staff or volunteers in completing wildlife admission forms
* Recording and logging all hours on MyImpactPage.

Recognition & Benefits

We will discuss your specific motivations and learning objectives, and keep those in mind throughout your engagement. You will have the opportunity to:

* Make a difference for wildlife
* Learn a lot about local wildlife and the impact we humans have on local species
* Contribute to the development and efficient running of our organization and its volunteers
* Work as part of an emergency response team for injured or orphaned wildlife
* Gain useful wildlife rescue skills
* Learn about the non-profit sector and the enormous value of volunteerism
* Use and build upon your outreach, communication and interpersonal skills
* Meet and work with new people
* Receive an annual tax receipt for kilometres driven at the current rate specified by the Canada Revenue Agency

Upon successful completion of the minimum commitment and at the volunteer’s request, the Volunteer Program team will provide references. Rescue Volunteers who have completed a minimum number of shifts are eligible to train in new roles, including:

* Bat Rescue (requires additional training and Rabies vaccination)
* Waterfowl Rescue (seasonal)

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

It is WRA’s policy to provide equal opportunity for all qualified volunteers and applicants without regard to race, colour, religion or creed, gender, age, disability, national origin, language, political belief, criminal record, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodation will be made for persons with disabilities.

This policy applies to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, transfer, leaves of absence,
and training. If you need individualised support in the application process or to conduct the
volunteer role, you may contact us at volunteer@wildliferescue.ca,

How to Apply
Please fill out an application form and watch the Information Session video that is sent to
you. More information can be found on our website at www.wildliferescue.ca.

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About Wildlife Rescue Association of BC


5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby, BC V5B 3C1, CA

Mission Statement

To provide leadership in rehabilitating wildlife and in promoting the welfare of wild animals in the urban environment.


Wildlife Rescue Association was established in 1979 to rehabilitate wildlife affected by human activity and provide education to the public on co-existing with urban wildlife. Before Wildlife Rescue was founded, there was no rehabilitation service for wildlife in Metro Vancouver and members of the public had nowhere to turn when they found an animal in distress. Thanks to the determination of a small band of volunteers, a small rehabilitation centre was established at the Nature House on the north side of Burnaby Lake.

Today, Wildlife Rescue runs its wildlife hospital on the south shore of Burnaby Lake where it treats animals from around the province of BC. Since 1979 we have treated more than 100,000 animals. Metro Vancouver is developing rapidly and animals living in the urban environment face many challenges such as busy roads, loss of habitat, pollution, pet predation, poisoning, unsecured garbage and direct human cruelty. With a team of professional wildlife rehabilitators and an army of volunteers we are able to provide temporary refuge to a diverse range of animals. We are not a wildlife sanctuary and once the animals in our care are healthy and ready to live in the wild, we release them back to their natural habitat.

Our public education and outreach includes a wildlife helpline, as well as presentations and displays throughout Greater Vancouver. 80% of our funds come through donations and without support from the public, local business and the wider community, none of the work we do would be possible.


Animals, Community


We'll work with your schedule.


5216 Glencarin DriveBurnaby, BC Canada



  • Environmental Education
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Orientation or Training
  • All Wildlife Rescue volunteers start with a minimum commitment of 100 hours. Typically, volunteers are assigned specific on-call shifts based on their availability and the needs of the organization.
  • All volunteers must be 19 years or older and provide a Criminal Record Check, proof of up-to-date tetanus vaccination and full Covid-19 vaccination.

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