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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.