Support Centre - Bat Rescue & Transport

We are currently seeking a volunteer to perform field assessments of potentially injured/ill bats and perform capture and transport when necessary.

 

Qualifications

We are looking for someone who has the following skills and qualifications:

  • Up-to-date rabies vaccination. You will be asked to show results of rabies serology every 2 years.
    • We DO NOT expect volunteers to obtain an expensive rabies vaccination in order to volunteer. Speak to a staff representative if you are interested in this role, but do not have a rabies vaccination, as only a handful of volunteers will be selected and trained for Bat Transport & Rescue. 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.
  • Valid BC Drivers License
  • Consistent access to a safe, reliable vehicle with insurance in good standing
  • Willingness to travel to many areas of the Lower Mainland (greater travel areas are an asset)
  • Strong adherence to safety protocols
  • A willingness to learn how to handle this unique species
  • Professional communication skills when representing Wildlife Rescue in the community
  • Positive attitude

 

Deliverables

The Bat Rescue and Transport Volunteer is 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.

  • Respond to Support Centre requests to assess bats in the field for potential injuries/illness
  • Safely contain injured, sick or orphaned bats
  • Transport bats 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

 

Time Commitment

One half-day per week to be on standby for any bat assessments, with a minimum commitment of 12 months. Transport requests may occur outside of traditional office hours, with the majority occurring between May and September in all regions of the Lower Mainland.

 

Recognition & Benefits

Upon successful completion of the minimum commitment and at the volunteer’s request, the Volunteer Coordinator can provide a reference letter. 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;
  • contribute to the development and efficient running of our organization and its volunteers;
  • learn about natural history and behaviour of this unique species;
  • gain useful wildlife rescue skills;
  • use and build on your knowledge, skills and experience;
  • meet and work with new people.

 

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this role to volunteer@wildliferescue.ca.

If you're selected for the role, we will ask you to fill out an application form and join the next available information session.