Current Volunteer Opportunities include:
Administration, Gift shop, Tours, Fundraising, Yard Work, Promotion and Events
At North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre we couldn't operate without our amazing volunteers whose dedication and commitment has helped make this a world class facility.
If your passion is wildlife, people or gardening we have a place for you. We continue to have opportunities for volunteers for our gift shop, wildlife education program, fundraiser, event planner, and yard maintenance.
We are open for the 2016 season from March spring break to December 21st and we'd love to have you as part of our team. Click here for the Volunteer Application
"Seeing the fascination on children's faces as they listen to the stories about each animal resident and hearing their comments on how they feel we can protect the environment gives me hope for the future" Rosemarie.
"When I first joined the volunteer team at NIWRA I was brand-new to Vancouver Island and wondered where I would be able to fit in and make a contribution. What a terrific choice I made ~ I get to meet and greet people from all over the world, to be part of wildlife education and rehabilitation and to work with incredible people. Oh ~ and have lots of fun while I'm doing it!" Patt
"The staff and other volunteers are a friendly, caring group of people - this is a great place to spend time on a regular basis, and I have learned so much about wildlife in BC since I have been volunteering at the NIWRA" Gillian.
Green Teens (Junior Docent Program) - Now Taking Applications for 2017
Must be between 12-16 years old and must complete and submit a NIWRA application form;
- Applicants and a parent/guardian must be able to attend an interview and an orientation/meet and greet session;
- Successful candidates must attend all orientation and training sessions (dates tbd);
- Provide your own transportation to and from NIWRA;
- Commit to volunteering at least 26 hours per season;
- Be dependable and enthusiastically perform volunteer duties on scheduled volunteer dates.
For parents and guardians:
- Our Junior Docent program involves the whole family. Committing to the minimum hours will require your assistance, cooperation, support, encouragement and transportation;
- Volunteers unable to meet the standards may be dismissed from the program.
How to apply:
- Review the requirements carefully
- Complete all sections of the application form and submit to NIWRA.
Information for Volunteers
If you interested in volunteering with the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, simply click on the name of the appropriate form below, fill out the form and return it to us.
The relevant form can be printed and returned to us by:
1240 LEFFLER ROAD
NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR:
Spring/Summer 2017 Full-time Student Internship Volunteer Positions
Full-time Animal Care Intern Volunteer Positions
The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) is located in Errington, BC on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada. The Centre's mission is: To care for ill, injured and orphaned wildlife and to educate the public on wildlife and environmental issues. NIWRA offers a viewing area where the public can get an up-close look at our permanent resident, non-releasable wildlife, as well as a rehabilitation centre to care for releasable patients. The Centre houses many species of raptors, Vancouver Island Black Bear and various other species.
Would you like to be involved in rescuing and rehabilitating eagles and owls all while helping to educate the public about the importance of wildlife conservation? Do you love wildlife and want a close up view of how they are cared for? Do you have a background in biology or environmental sciences or the enthusiasm to learn as much as possible in lieu of experience? Are you happy to work outside in all weather conditions, scoop more than your share of poop and get dirty while doing it?
Applicants must be at least 22 years of age, have the ability to communicate fluently in English and either have experience working with animals, or be interested in an internship in order to gain experience for their education.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. In return for giving us your time and effort we will provide you the opportunity to feed and care for the animals, assist with captures and releases and explore the field of wildlife rehabilitation. Volunteers will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the centre. Your job will include cage cleaning, food preparation (we feed raw meat ... no weak stomachs allowed), feeding, cleaning, laundry, participating in maintenance projects and interacting with visitors etc. Working outside in all weather conditions can be extremely tough and the work can be physical. Our contact with the rehabilitation animals is limited as we try not to habituate them to humans (you will not be cuddling babies), but our permanent resident critters appreciate your attention. There is no normal day in wildlife rehabilitation ... which keeps the job interesting! The full-time volunteer becomes responsible for the routine daily tasks that keep the centre running.
Summer internships at NIWRA are open to both international volunteers as well as local residents. A full-time commitment of 5 days a week for a period of 4 months is required. This position runs from late April or early May through to the end of August. A secondary position is also available for the period of May through July. Please specify your availability when applying. NIWRA can provide accomodation (rustic camper trailer) to those applying from out of town and preference will be given to those with their own transportation. International volunteers will be required to obtain a Working Holiday Permit before being accepted. Interested applicants must provide a resume and letter of intent.
Please send questions or applications to NIWRA's Wildlife Manager at email@example.com
Spring/Summer 2017 Full-time Student Internship Volunteer Positions
Wildlife Garden Intern
Applicants are invited to apply for the opportunity to be part of a team responsible for our wildlife garden and greenhouse native and other wildlife friendly garden plant care, as well as assisting with education programs. A background which includes working with the public (clubs, schools, teaching, 4H, sales, food server, etc.) and experience /interest in one or more of the following is essential:
- Education - formal and non-formal
- Agriculture - especially community gardens and organic gardening
- Ecology, Botany, Biology, Entomology, soil science
- Recreation & Leisure
- Community Development
- Other related field or work experience
- Work as part of a team of volunteers to help maintain and enhance the new wildlife garden raised beds, pond, and mini-marsch
- Welcome and engage visitors to the Wildlife Garden describing important features
- Assist with garden and associated wildlife educational programs for children and adults
- Assist with propagating native plants in our new stat-of-the-art greenhouse
- There may be an opportunity to help with establishment of the new aboriginal learning space grounds focusing on native and medicinal plants
- Physical activity and stamna sufficient for light lifting, planting, walking, kneeling, standing, and diping hands into pond water
- The ability to speak clearly and audibly to individuals and groups and to disseminate prepared information is necessary
- Friendly courteious interaction with the public and other team members is essential
- 5 day work week with 2 days off, 8 hours/day with time for lunch and breaks
- This internship will provide a unique opportunity to be part of a team supporting the work of a world class wildlife rehabilitaion and education facility
- The intern will be able to both learn and apply new skills related to wildlife gardening and assist in teaching others about aspects of nature
- field or work experience
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