The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC) is a non-profit organization that has been working on behalf of wildlife for over 30 years. For the first 15 years the Centre operated as a wildlife rehabilitation Centre, caring for over 1,000 wild mammals each year.
In 2002 the OCWC redirected its focus to Public Education and Community Outreach, providing the opportunity to address the root cause of the problems facing wildlife. Since then, we have built a strong foundation for our programs that have been referred to as ‘a model education program’.
Our mission is to establish a better understanding and respect for urban wildlife and to connect people to nature. Our Programs include School Presentations to teach children respect and understanding for local wildlife; Nature Discovery Workshops at the Centre to connect people of all ages to nature; Working with community groups to protect wildlife and their habitat; Providing people the tools to humanely resolve human-wildlife conflicts; and developing and promoting progressive alternatives to outdated policies that harm wildlife and the environment.
Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities:
Volunteers will assist with the development and delivery of programming intended to connect people to nature and to educate them about urban wildlife. Topics include accessing nature near them, enjoying the diversity of species we share our spaces with; providing the tools to assist in reducing conflict with wildlife and valuing and preserving habitat in their neighbourhoods.
Programs are developed to engage diverse audiences including families, youth and seniors. They are designed to be accessible for all ethnic and socio-economic groups as it is critical that everyone should be able to share in nature’s benefits. For example, our Lending Library offers snowshoes and binoculars as well as children’s books, games, and puzzles for free sign-out.
Volunteers will also assist with developing short education videos, updating the Centre’s website, writing blog posts, assisting with targeted education campaigns and hands-on work with community members as well as administrative tasks including capacity building and researching funding opportunities.
Please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
subject: Nature Outreach Volunteer
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Aug 29 2023 ID: 68993