Volunteers at Calgary Wildlife play a critical role in its success and are valued members of the team. Calgary Wildlife is always in need of volunteers who are willing to help out in a variety of ways. Calgary Wildlife is supported by a large, formally-trained volunteer base who collectively log over 3,500 volunteer hours per year. For information about corporate volunteering opportunities please visit our Corporate Volunteering page.
Volunteers at the facility are well-trained to perform a variety of functions including animal pickups and releases, patient feedings, enclosure cleanings, educational program deliverance, and other critical functions. Volunteers through workplace and community organizations perform valuable construction and maintenance functions, keeping ongoing facility costs low, and lending their talents to assist the organization. Calgary Wildlife is also supported by veterinarians during the rescue process. Over 40 veterinary clinics in Calgary and the surrounding area receive wildlife on our behalf, temporarily housing (but not treating) the animals until volunteer transport arrives, without any charges in most cases.
The volunteer Board of Directors and committees, such as Fundraising and Communications, also contribute countless hours planning, assisting staff, fundraising, and advocating for Calgary Wildlife.
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Calgary Wildlife normally has seasonal intakes for volunteers. Please see below for details on open positions and application deadlines.
Animal Care Volunteer applications are currently CLOSED:
CW requires animal care volunteers every day of the year! Our animal care volunteers assist our staff in the daily care routines of our animal patients and permanent residents. This includes cleaning enclosures, food prep, feeding animals, assisting with cleaning duties such as laundry, dishes, sweeping and mopping, phone management, and public engagement. These positions bring our volunteers into a once in a lifetime position to be around wildlife and participate in their rehabilitation. Animal Care positions are highly coveted, and we often have a waitlist.
We care about the health and safety of our volunteers. Please be aware that animal care volunteer positions include exposure to allergens including peanuts, eggs, bees, dander, fur, shavings, pollen, and hay. Individuals must be in good health to volunteer and cannot be immuno-compromised (illness or medical treatment). Animal Care positions involve physical labour. As such, all volunteers must be able walk unaided on uneven ground and carry 25 lbs.
Community Education Volunteers are currently being accepted until November 30, 2021.
Do you have a passion for teaching? Are you enthusiastic about Alberta wildlife? If yes, this position may be for you. CW is looking for passionate members of the community to provide engaging education experiences to a wide-range of audiences. Volunteers will present to students, seniors, and other community groups including Guides and Cubs. The education programs will focus on Calgary Wildlife’s mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release wildlife, as well as educate the public about native wildlife. Information may be shared informally at touch tables or in more formal interactive settings. Educational experiences are sometimes delivered in the presence of Calgary Wildlife’s live, ambassador animals. Virtual programming may also be a medium used for presenting.
If you are interested in becoming an Education Volunteer, apply here.
Pickup Driver Volunteer applications are currently CLOSED.
Most of the animals that come to CW are first brought to veterinary clinics around the city by members of the public that could not bring the injured or orphaned animals directly to us. Our pickup drivers drive to those clinics and pick up wildlife to be brought back to CW for diagnosis and treatment. Depending on the season and number of intakes, CW can require dozens of pickups a week. Pickup Driver Volunteers must provide their own vehicle and have a valid drivers’ license.
CW is run by a volunteer board of directors. We are currently looking for energetic, professional, proactive persons who are passionate about wildlife and willing to fund raise to join our board of directors! Directors are voted in during our May AGM each year. Directors on our board must be willing to commit to a 2-year term. Potential Board positions for successful applicants include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Fundraising, Director of Communication.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Board, apply here.
Construction & Maintenance Volunteers are accepted year-round.
Are you good with your hands? Are you a trades person? CW is always in need of skilled labourers to help us build and maintain enclosures and to ensure the working order and safety of our site (snow removal, grass cutting and other miscellaneous site tasks).
We have recently received some funding for special projects and are looking for those who would are interested in short-term volunteering projects. Please identify your skillsets in your application.
If you are interested in volunteering for Construction & Maintenance, apply here.
CW is looking for creative and innovative fundraising volunteers to work closely with our Executive Director to build a robust fundraising foundation to advance CW. Fundraising comes in many forms, we are looking for volunteers who have experience with organizing events, obtaining community donations, researching and/or writing grants, corporate partnerships, and excellent interpersonal skills.
If you are interested in volunteering for Fundraising please, apply here.
To become a volunteer, complete and submit the application forms associated with each volunteering stream above. Note: Filling out this form does not guarantee you a volunteer position. Volunteers MUST be 18 years of age or older.
For additional information please contact administration at Calgary Wildlife here: Contact Us