Support Centre - Transport and Release Volunteer

This role is perfect for someone who:

  • Enjoys driving
  • Wants to give injured wildlife a second chance
  • Prefers a flexible on-call schedule

Wildlife Rescue Association is a registered non-profit established in 1979. We are the largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in terms of intakes in Canada; we serve over 5000 wildlife patients each year! We rehabilitate injured wildlife, raise orphaned wildlife, and treat pollution-damaged wildlife with a goal of release back into the wild. We have a team of over 200 volunteers, whom along with staff, run our Wildlife Hospital 365 days a year.  Transport & Release Volunteers help wildlife by transporting injured wildlife and supplies to and from our facility in Burnaby. 

Volunteer Duties: 

  • Pick up injured, orphaned or pollution-damaged wildlife and deliver to the Wildlife Rescue rehabilitation centre
  • Release rehabilitated animals back into the wild
  • Transfer animals between Wildlife Rescue and other partner wildlife rehabilitation centres
  • Ensure volunteer and animal safety in the field
  • Refer public inquiries to our Wildlife Helpline email
  • Assist with completing intake forms as needed
  • Maintain professionalism when representing Wildlife Rescue to the community
  • Purchase, pick up and/or deliver supplies (optional)

We are looking for volunteer who: 

  • Have a valid BC Driver's license, auto insurance in good standing, and access to a safe, reliable vehicle
  • Are reliable self-starters with a passion for wildlife
  • Are comfortable around birds and small mammals
  • Have respect for all species of wildlife
  • Understand the importance of following detailed instruction and protocols 
  • Have a positive attitude and great communication skills when representing Wildlife Rescue in the community

We have a higher need for volunteers who:

  • Are available on weekdays between 10am and 3pm
  • Are willing to travel to between Burnaby and further areas in B.C including: Richmond, Delta, Surry, and the Fraser Valley 
  • Already have an up to date rabies vaccination and are willing to transport bats
    • (We DO NOT expect volunteers to obtain an expensive rabies vaccination in order to volunteer. Only a few volunteers will be selected and trained for Bat Transport & Rescue. Speak to a staff representative if you are interested in this role. People who are not trained by a qualified specialist should not approach, handle or touch a bat as they are a high-risk species for transmission of zoonotic disease.)

Time Commitment

  • Minimum of one transport per week and 100-hours total.
    • Transport requests may be less frequent in the fall and winter.
  • This is an on-call position, therefore flexible schedules can be accommodated.
  • Volunteer choose their areas willing to travel and day(s) of availability. 

Additional Information: 

  • Volunteers will be required to show proof of an up-to-date tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years.
  • Wildlife Rescue issues tax receipts for mileage donations annually, since we cannot reimburse for fuel costs.
  • Volunteers are NOT required to trap or capture animals. Animals to be transported will be contained and additional training is required to become a rescue volunteer. 

How to apply: 

Complete an application on MyImpactPage and you will be invited to the next scheduled information session or Meet & Greet. Frequency of sessions will vary throughout the year.