Wildlife Rehabilitation Student Volunteer Position
MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre
We are a wildlife rescue centre that aims to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife on Vancouver Island. Our centre is located in Merville, British Columbia on central Vancouver Island in the beautiful Comox Valley. We are staffed by a Wildlife Supervisor, certified rehabbers, and many dedicated volunteers. As a student volunteer, you will become part of a team of like-minded people and will be treated with respect and friendship.
We accept student volunteer position applications all year round. These are unpaid volunteer positions and are filled on a one to three month placement basis.
As a student volunteer, you can expect to be involved in all aspects of the rehabilitation process, although your main responsibilities will be diet preparation, feeding, and cleaning. Volunteers must be willing to work long hours and perform repetitive daily chores and tasks, and constant cleaning of the facility, including laundry, sweeping, and cage cleaning, as our wild animals are constantly creating a mess.
Along with the grunt work, you will also learn how to properly calculate and administer medications to animals, proper rescue and rehab techniques, as well as how to handle all types of wildlife, including songbirds, raptors, seabirds, mammals, and occasionally reptiles. You will be expected to take part in animal and bird rescues and releases, participate in building projects and grounds maintenance, and participate in our community outreach program.
Spring, summer and early autumn are what we call Baby Bird and Fawn Season and is when we receive the greatest number of patients. Be forewarned, work at the wildlife centre can be very demanding! In the summer, our skilled caregivers typically work from 6 am – 9 pm, with occasional 4 am feedings. The schedule at MARS can be intense, but you will also be given time to enjoy the beautiful scenery Vancouver Island has to offer.
Previous wildlife experience is not a prerequisite. Come here prepared to give 100% to our wild patients and you will have an extraordinary experience. Interested applicants should be:
- respectful and cooperative
- independent and responsible
- willing to work as part of a team
The wildlife centre offers very basic housing and occasionally some meals, but for the most part you will be responsible for your own food and other amenities.