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    Releases Recovered Wildlife

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    Provides Food & Shelter

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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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  • CWRS hiring Summer students for May-August

    CWRS has an exciting opportunity for a motivated student looking for a full time summer position (May –Aug) 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 some 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!
    Please note that this position is for FULL-TIME students who completed a full course load in 2016/17 and will be returning to full-time studies for 2017.
    Responsibilities include:
    • Food preparation
    • Assist with cleaning cages
    • Assisting with medical exams, treatment, and lab work working under the supervision of our RVTs, wildlife technicians, and on-call veterinarians
    • 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

    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older
    • Preference given to AHT and 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)
    • Strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation, ecology, or related field.
    • Strong work ethic, dependable, honest
    • Must work well with a team as well as independently 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 40 lbs.)
    • Must be available to work days, evenings and weekends as CWRS is open 365 days/year.
    • Work safely, and train others accordingly

    Salary: $12.20/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 jennamcfarland@calgarywildlife.org Please DO NOT call us! All candidates shortlisted for an interview will be called or emailed. Preference is given to local students and students who have not worked for CWRS in the past.

    *positions are contingent on funding

  • Team Calgary Wildlife & the Calgary Marathon Scotiabank Charity Challenge

    Good news! Team Calgary Wildlife is right now one of the top fundraising teams for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge. We would LOVE to have you on our team! It’s easy to join and to make a difference for injured and orphaned wildlife in Calgary! Register for the marathon at www.calgarymarathon.com/register.html. You can run with our team (we are doing the Goodlife Fitness 5 km) or choose another run that suits your goals! You can join Team Calgary Wildlife or start your own fundraising team. Why not name it after your favourite native species?! If running isn’t your thing, you can still help by donating to the CWRS fundraising pageand by spreading the word to your networks!

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    Volunteer Spotlight – Nakita Hayes

    This month we are focusing our volunteer spotlight on Nakita Hayes, one of our cheery and committed animal care volunteers. Nakita is a sweet woman who is always eager to help in whatever way she can. She demonstrates her clear love of wildlife at every shift when she goes above and beyond to ensure she is working with the staff to best meet the needs of our wildlife patients. Read all about her below
    1. What kind of work do/did you do?
    Volunteering at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society currently includes feeding some of the wildlife that are at the centre along with cleaning up the areas they are residing in. I also pick up wildlife that are in need of a ride to the centre in order to receive care from our miraculous team.
    2. What brought you to Calgary Wildlife?
    I have always had a deep connection and appreciation for wildlife and nature and was trying to find ways that I could best support wildlife and help them live a healthy and happy life.
    3. Do you have a favourite story about your volunteering work as an Animal Care volunteer?
    One morning when I was volunteering – I went to feed Sax (duck) and change his water bin. As soon as I changed his water bin he immediately ran from across the pen, jumped into the water and started wagging his tail, quacking and swimming in a circle. My pants were completely soaked and I was left laughing, feeling completely present in the moment that I was in.
    Photo Credit: Nakita Hayes
    4. What do you wish others knew about Calgary Wildlife?
    I hope more people become aware of the benefits that the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society provides for the wellbeing and survival of the animals that they care for. I would also like individuals to know that the hard working souls at the CWRS are faced with a lot of difficult challenges i.e.: Fund Raising for food/supplies/Animal Health Technicians/Veterinarians, Coordinating Volunteers, etc.The centre is only able to operate through the love and giving individuals within the surrounding communities – It purely relies on the support of the people who live here. Wildlife Rehabilitation is often overlooked, but can you imagine a world without these magnificent beings? If you cannot – please take the small leap and help today! Every bit of support helps us help them.
    5. What is your favorite way to connect with nature and enjoy local wildlife?
    I really enjoy connecting with wildlife and nature when I can. I purposefully take the time to connect with myself so I can truly appreciate what is around me. I go for runs, walks, practice yoga, and volunteer at CWRS!
    6. What is your favorite native animal?
    My favourite native animal that lives within our communities is the Great Horned Owl. Their peaceful presence is mesmerizing and their build and attitude is remarkably strong and fierce.
    Photo Credit: Nakita Hayes

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