Wildlife Hospital - Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Practicum



Established in 1979, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC is a leader in the rehabilitation of wild animals in the urban environment and is committed to educating the public on how to coexist peacefully with urban wildlife. We are Canada’s busiest wildlife rehabilitation centre, now with over 5,000 animals ‘clients’ a year.


Located in Burnaby BC, we are a well-established environmental charity that offers its practicum participants:


  • Innovative and flexible work environment
  • Passionate and committed colleagues
  • Personalized experience, career growth and personal development
  • Hands-on experience
  • Opportunities to develop new skills
  • Deeper/advanced knowledge of wildlife natural history and physiology
  • Credits towards a program or university degree

Wage:   Voluntary (no stipends available)


a)      6 months 24-40 hours/week

b)      4 months 32-40 hours/week

c)       3 months 32-40 hours/week

d)      2 months 40 hours/week




  • Min. 19 years of age
  • Have medical insurance
  • Eligible to volunteer in Canada (please check visa)
  • Reliable transport or will to walk 30min from transit
  • Minimum commitment of 350 hours
  • Current tetanus vaccination
  • Demonstrated fluency in speaking, reading and writing English
  • Be in good health  
  • Able to perform physically demanding tasks, such as cleaning and lifting (up to 19kg/40lbs), and working outdoors in all weathers
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Able to learn quickly and perform varied tasks in a fast-paced work environment
  • Have a positive outlook!


Successful candidates are expected to:

  • Contribute an agreed upon practicum project or paper   
  • Be reliable for attendance
  • Ask questions and be motivated to learn
  • Have fun


Suggested text book:

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach 
  • Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Answering the Call of The Wild

*Text book suggestions dependent on type of practicum



Practicum Option details:


  1. Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Practicum

The best of both worlds; this practicum offers experience in all aspects of rehabilitation from education, to medical treatments, rescue planning and release!

This practicum is an integrated program, bringing together the Wildlife Helpline and Rescue Practicum and Wildlife Rehabilitation Practicum to give an overview of how to run a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. This practicum is the best experience to start a career in wildlife rehabilitation

Please see Wildlife Helpline and Rescue Practicum and Wildlife Rehabilitation Practicum for the full list of ‘Overview of Topics’.   



Overview of Topics covered:


  • Basic Physiology
  • Admission Procedures
  • Volunteer Training and Mentorship
  • Team work and team building
  • Species Identification and Natural History
  • Restraint and Handling Techniques
  • Wildlife Stress and Shock
  • Zoonoses
  • Physical Exam
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Thermoregulatory Medical Complications  
  • Nutrition
  • Starvation and Emaciation
  • Wound Management and Bandaging
  • Head and Spinal Trauma
  • Euthanasia theory and application 
  • Release assessment and Criteria
  • Basic Lab Skills
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Interpersonal development and skills
  • Research





Why Should You Apply?

  • You care about wildlife and are concerned about anthropogenic impacts
  • You would like to learn at one of the busiest wildlife rehabilitation centres in Canada
  • You are looking for work experience in animal care or conservation
  • You want to contribute to a culture of respect, social intelligence, and appreciation among staff and volunteers
  • You enjoy a collaborative and philanthropic work environment with highly dedicated and enthusiastic peers/colleagues


Please submit your resume, cover letter and short essay in a single PDF file attention HR at, recruitment@wildliferescue.ca


The short essay should include:

  • Why you want to be a part of The Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C.
  • Why you should be chosen for this practicum

Your cover letter should include:

  • Which practicum you are applying for
  • Your preferred start dates
  • Your available commitment


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