Outpatient Care - Rescue, Transport and Release Volunteer


Want to work on an "On-Call" basis to help wildlife?

Have access to a vehicle?

Apply to become a Rescue, Transport and Release volunteer today!

(Photo Credit: Paul Steeves)

Who are we: 

We are 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 160 volunteers, whom along with staff run our Wildlife Hospital 365 days a year. We are currently looking for Rescue, Transport and Release volunteers for our busy summer season! Transport volunteers help wildlife by transporting injured wildlife and supplies to and from our centre. Transportation Volunteers may have the opportunity to participate in the release of wildlife patients back into the wild. 

We expect you to:

  1. Have a BC Driver's licence and insurance in good standing. Have access to a safe vehicle in working condition. 
  2. Be reliable - we expect you to participate in a minimum of one transport per week.
  3. Attend all onboarding training - we will train you and you will never be transporting an uncontained animal. 
  4. Let us know if there are any particular animals that you do not feel comfortable transporting (ex. raccoons, skunks)
  5. Have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination and be comfortable around small birds and mammals
  6. Be flexible and willing - follow instructions from staff and other volunteers, help out where help is needed, be positive. Be willing to learn about local wildlife species and their biology.
  7. Communicate any interest you have in specific activities – staff may not always ask, but there are lots of opportunities to do different things once the daily tasks are completed.
  8. Let us know if you need to book any time off. We need as much advanced notice as possible to fill your shift!

You can expect us to:

  1. Allow you to pick areas where you can transport, and the times you are avaliable. 
  2. Contact you when you are needed, which you can refuse if circumstances do not allow you to complete a transport. 
  3. Provide you with a tax receipt at the end of the year for your donated mileage and fuel costs. (We cannot reimburse you for fuel costs).
  4. Provide you with an initial training session, and provide you with additional workshops. We will provide you room to learn and grow.
  5. Provide a friendly and supportive environment in which you will have the opportunity to learn about animal handling, care, and rehabilitation.
  6. Provide a reference letter for you once you have completed your minimum commitment. 

If this sounds like a fit for you, please fill in an application and select "Out-Patient Care - Rescue, Transport and Release Volunteer" under "General Interests".

We look forward to meeting you soon!