Wildlife Hospital - Animal Care


Do you enjoy hands-on work?

Want to help wildlife?

Apply to become an Animal Care Volunteer today!

In the fall/winter we are only looking for more Animal Care Volunteers on weekday morning and afternoons.

We will be recruiting many more volunteers including on evenings and weekends for our busy Spring/Summer season in April. 

(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. 

Animal Care Volunteers perform much of the essential daily animal care and maintenance that occurs in Wildlife Rescue’s care facility. Please note that we require a minimum of 100-hour commitment from all of our volunteers.

Daily duties include:

  • Cleaning and preparing habitats and enclosures
  • Preparing meals and feeding wildlife patients
  • Light handling of wildlife patients
  • Washing and drying dishes and various medical supplies
  • Food cutting and mixing as part of the preparation of animal diets (this includes raw fish, worms, fruit etc.)
  • Cleaning medical supplies
  • Disinfecting equipment
  • Mopping
  • Taking out the garbage and recycling

We expect you to:

  1. Be 16 years old or older.
  2. Commit to a minimum of 100 hours and a weekly shift.
  3. Have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination as you will be working directly with animals.
  4. Attend all onboarding training and participate in additional workshops. 
  5. Be punctual. Arrive in time to be ready to work at the beginning of your shift. Give yourself time to get changed and settle in.
  6. Wear suitable clothes – closed-toed shoes, full-length pants and a long-sleeved top. If you have long hair, tie it back.
  7. Be flexible and willing - follow instructions from staff and other volunteers, help out where help is needed, be positive. Be ready and willing to learn.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. Schedule you for a minimum of one 4-hour set shift a week. We will try our best to give you your preferred shift, but give us some options. 
  2. Provide you with a 3-hour initial training session, followed by a training shift with a volunteer mentor. This mentor will continue to offer you support and further training as needed.
  3. Provide you with an opportunity to work hands-on with animals! We will provide you with the room to learn and grow.
  4. Provide on-going workshops and animal-specific training. 
  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 after you have completed your 100-hour minimum commitment. 

If this sounds like a fit for you, please fill in an application and select "Wildlife Hospital - Animal Care" under "General Interests".

We look forward to meeting you soon!