MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre


Welcome! We have many rewarding rehabilitation volunteer opportunities at MARS. Please feel free to browse the list below and fill out an application form.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (250) 337-2021!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing measures in the Wildlife Hospital, there is a waitlist for volunteering as a Wildlife or Ambassador Caregiver. All other volunteer opportunities are still available.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Caregiver

Provide care to wildlife patients, including preparing food, administering medications, and treating injuries. Wildlife Caregivers must also perform hospital maintenance and cleaning tasks.

This position is ideal for people who care about animals and have an interest in wildlife biology or veterinary medicine. Please keep in mind that while caregiving can be very rewarding, it can also be physically and emotionally challenging as we sometimes deal with animals in sad and distressing situations. Please also note that it involves both indoor and outdoor work, in all weather conditions.

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • MARS membership
  • Criminal record check
  • Driver's abstract
  • Photo release form
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccination

Wildlife Caregivers must be able to commit at least 16 hours per month in 4-8 hour shifts between 9am and 5pm.

Ambassador Caregiver

Assist the Wildlife Caregivers and Ambassador Handlers with the feeding, cleaning, maintenance, and enrichment of our ambassador birds (birds kept in captivity who are unable to be released back into the wild). Ambassador Caregivers ensure that our ambassador birds lead comfortable and interesting lives.

This position is ideal for people who care about animals, but would prefer not to work with wildlife in recovery. Please note that it involves mostly outdoor work, in all weather conditions.

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • MARS membership
  • Criminal record check
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccination

Ambassador Caregivers must be able to commit at least 16 hours per month in 4-8 hour shifts between 9am and 5pm.

Housekeeping Volunteer

Assist with hospital maintenance and cleaning, including tending laundry, washing dishes, scrubbing kennels, sweeping, mopping, and disinfecting surfaces. Housekeeping Volunteers may also help with food preparation and enrichment for the animals if desired.

This position is ideal for people who enjoy cleaning and organizing, but would prefer no direct contact with wildlife.

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • MARS membership
  • Criminal record check
  • Photo release form
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccination

Housekeeping Volunteers must be able to commit at least 16 hours per month in 4-8 hour shifts between 9am and 5pm.

Seasonal Forage Harvester

Harvest live vegetation clippings for the deer fawns to eat as they are weaned off of bottle feedings. This position is vital to the successful rehabilitation of the fawns. A list of appropriate vegetation and collection sites is provided. Forage Harvesters normally use their own vehicles, but the MARS vehicle may be used for deliveries on occasion if the volunteer submits a driver's abstract and Criminal Record Check.

This position is ideal for people who care about animals and want to spend time with their family outdoors. There is no direct contact with the fawns, but they may be viewed when the forage is dropped off. 

Requirements:

  • MARS membership

Seasonal Forage Harvesters must be able to bring at least 1 harvest per week from June to October.

Transport Volunteer

Respond to requests to pick up and retrieve wildlife and supplies in the Comox Valley or other island communities and remote areas. Transport Volunteers normally use their own vehicles, but the MARS vehicle may be used on occasion if the volunteer submits a driver's abstract.

This position is ideal for people who care about animals, but can’t commit to a full shift in the hospital.

Requirements:

  • MARS membership
  • Criminal record check
  • Valid driver's license

Transport Volunteers must be able to transport animals or supplies at least twice a month.

 

Mission Statement

MARS is a charitable organization whose purpose is to:

  • Rescue, rehabilitate, and release ill, injured, orphaned or oiled wildlife.
  • Contribute to the knowledge and understanding of wildlife by participating in research and sharing that information with other organizations and the general public through meetings, seminars, conferences, reports, and publications.
  • Educate the general public about wildlife issues through lectures, displays, workshops, reports, and publications.
  • Conserve and protect wildlife and promote the conservation of wild habitats.