• Junco

    Releases Recovered Wildlife

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    Provides Food & Shelter

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    Offers Outreach & Education

  • Snowy Owl

    Rehabilitates Wildlife

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    Provides Medical Treatment

Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS) is dedicated to treating injured and orphaned wildlife, providing valuable outreach and education services to the community and engaging all volunteers in motivational work and skill building experience.

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  • Baby Snowshoe Hare

    See a baby hare, Leave it there!

    Hare season has started! Both Snowshoe and White-tailed Prairie Hares are having their babies (like this baby Snowshoe Hare). It is the strategy of hares to leave their young for long periods of time under bushes and in the grass. This is normal! Most baby hares are NOT orphaned. Hares do best with their mothers so if you find a baby hare, please leave it there. We also ask that you take extra precautions with your dogs this time of year as they can easily injure baby hares. Following just these two simple instructions, you can greatly reduce the number of hares that require intervention.

  • Summer Student Job Opportunity!

    Title: Junior Wildlife Technician
    Employer Details:
    Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS) is a registered non-profit established in 1993 to provide professional care for wildlife rehabilitation. Our goal is to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release –the three R’s of responsible wildlife management. CWRS is an accredited veterinary wildlife hospital located within The City of Calgary. Each year we receive over 2000 injured or orphaned wild animals and respond to thousands of wildlife-related calls from the public.
    Job Description:
    CWRS has an exciting opportunity for a motivated student looking for a full time summer position (May –Sept) as a junior wildlife technician. Under the supervision of veterinary staff, the Junior Wildlife Technician is responsible for providing rehabilitation treatment to injured and orphaned wildlife and assisting in daily operations of the facility. This position requires mostly weekend and evening work and is physically demanding. Successful candidates can expect to be challenged and gain knowledge in the handling and physical restraint of wildlife species, laboratory procedures and diagnostics, emergency nursing, patient assessments and treatments, and record-keeping. All successful applicants must fully commit to the work term. This is a unique learning experience in our hands on, fast-paced work environment. Join us for our peak season (when we intake thousands of animals) and have a once in a lifetime experience!
    CWRS is an equal opportunity employer.
    Please note that this position is for FULL-TIME students who completed a full course load in 2013/14 and will be returning to full-time studies for 2014/15
    Responsibilities include:
    • Food preparation
    • Assist with cleaning cages
    • Assisting with medical exams, treatment, and lab work working under the supervision of our Wildlife Veterinarian and RAHT
    • Communicate with the public/veterinary clinics regarding wildlife concerns and transfers of animals to the centre
    • Coordinate and supervise volunteers for wildlife care and rescues
    • Maintain records
    • Application be at least 18 years of age or older
    • Preference given to RAHT and/or B.Sc. (Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Veterinary Medicine) students
    • Preference given to those with veterinary clinic/medical experience
    • Rabies vaccinated with preference given to those with an updated rabies vaccination titre (proof of vaccination and titre value required)
    • Be interested in wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation, ecology, or related field.
    • Strong work ethic, dependable, honest
    • Work well as a team as well as under minimal supervision
    • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal English) and telephone etiquette
    • Ability to work under pressure and multi-task
    • Position requires physically fit candidates (must be able to lift 50lbs.)
    • Must be available to work days, evenings and weekends CWRS is open 365 days/year.
    • Work safely, and train others accordingly
    Term of Employment Period: Minimum 16 weeks between May 1 and Sept 15, 40 hours per week
    Salary: $12.00/hr
    Application Instructions: If you are interested in this exciting opportunity at CWRS, please submit your Resume/Curriculum Vitae, including 2 references, a 1-page statement of interest, and availability via email to wildlife@calgarywildlife.org or fax (403) 266-2449. Please DO NOT call us! All candidates shortlisted for an interview will be called or emailed.

  • Photo Credit:  Darlene Stack

    Simon the Fox a year later!

    Do you remember Simon the fox who came to us in April last year as a days old kit? Working closely with sustainable resource development we raised him until he was old enough to be transferred to the Assiniboine Park Zoo, where he has been lovingly taken care of. Here are some pictures of grown up Simon courtesy of the Assiniboine Park Zoo and their volunteer photographer, Darlene Stack (thanks Darlene!)
    Photo Credit: Darlene Stack
    Photo Credit: Darlene Stack

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