Volunteering

BECOME A VOLUNTEER
AND HELP WILDLIFE

 

Volunteers provide a critical role to its success and are valued members of the team.

Volunteers of the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society provide a critical role to 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.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 Calgary Wildlife is currently not taking applications for new volunteers. Please check back in February 2021 for details on future volunteer roles.

Volunteers of the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society provide a critical role to 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 from animal pickups and releases, providing rehabilitative care, feeding, conducting educational programs, and other critical functions. Volunteers through workplace and community organizations perform valuable construction and maintenance functions, keeping ongoing facility costs low, including lending their talents to make arts and crafts available for sale through our website, tradeshows and auctions.

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.

 

Save wildlife. Meet like-minded friends. Learn valuable skills.

Join our team of volunteers!

 

Please note: Due to Covid-19 we will not be accepting new animal care volunteers at this time due to the limited space within our wildlife clinic.

CW has seasonal intakes for volunteers. Pickup Driver applications are accepted from May 1 – August 31. Animal Care applications are accepted from November 1 – February 28. Education volunteer applications are accepted from August 1 – October 31. Please submit your application in the appropriate time frame. Applications made outside of the above time frames will be discarded.

ANIMAL CARE: APPLY NOVEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY 28

 

Animal Care Volunteers applications are accepted from November 1 – February 28 every year

 

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, feeding animals, assisting with cleaning duties such as laundry, sweeping and mopping. 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 wait list.

 

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.

EDUCATION

Virtual Community Education are currently being accepted May- August 2021

CW is looking for passionate members of the community to provide engaging virtual education experiences to our wide-ranging audiences. This is a new realm for CW so the sky is the limit and will require lots of creative ideas! The education programs will focus on CW mission Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release of wildlife, educate the public about native wildlife, and minimizing human-wildlife conflict. Such ideas may include: virtual bird identification classes etc. Such platforms may include Facebook, Instagram, website articles, Zoom etc.

PICKUP DRIVERS: APPLY MAY-AUG

 

Pickup driver Volunteers are accepted from May 1 – August 31

 

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 pick up 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.

BOARD MEMBERS: APPLY

 

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.

 

CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

 

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.

FUNDRAISING: APPLY

 

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS: CASINO

 

Our Casino Fundraising event is the largest fundraiser of the year for CW. Money raised through the casino provide critical funds that are used for operational costs. These funds are fundamental to our budget and help keep us running year after year!

Due to COVID-19 Casino night is currently postponed until further notice.

To become a volunteer complete and submit the application forms associated with each volunteering stream above. For additional information please contact administration at CW:

 

Contact CW

 

Note:
Filling out this form does not guarantee you a volunteer position. Volunteers MUST be 18 years of age or older.
Due to COVID-19, Calgary Wildlife is currently not accepting any applications for new volunteers. Check back in February 2021 for more information on volunteer opportunities.