Environmental Jobs | Volunteer


Position: Animal Care Student Internship
Type: full-time volunteers, 4 week minimum, accom. available (see below)
Organization: North Island Wildlife Recovery Association
Location: Errington, near Qualicum Beach & Parksville, Vancouver Island BC 

The North Island Wildlife Recovery (NIWRA) Intern will enjoy a unique opportunity to be part of a team supporting the work of a world class wildlife rehabilitation and education facility on beautiful Vancouver Island. The NIWRA intern will further their own growth by learning, sharing and applying new skills that enhance daily operations at the Centre.

  • Open to both international and local applicants
  • Position preferably runs from April to September (with a 4-week minimum work period)
  • Accommodation (rustic camper) can be provided to out-of-town applicants

Duties: Volunteers and interns are the backbone of our organization. The position works under the direction and support of the Animal Care staff. It includes enclosure cleaning, food preparation (raw meat is processed and fed so no weak stomachs allowed!), feeding, laundry, participating in maintenance projects and interacting and educating visitor. There is no standard work day in wildlife rehabilitation, which creates a stimulating and interesting opportunity keeps.

  • Provide excellent care to all non-releasable and rehabilitation animals
  • Assist with evaluating patient progress and release eligibility
  • Assist with restraint, exams and treatment of animals
  • Admit patients and accurately complete associated paperwork
  • Occasionally assist with euthanasia
  • Maintain high standards of cleanliness in hospital, kitchen and animal housing areas

Requirements: This rewarding position requires a mature person that works well within a team and independently and can readily adapt to changing circumstances. It is physically demanding and requires attention to detail.

  • Must be able to communicate fluently in English
  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • Must have Tetanus vaccination
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift/carry up to 50 lbs (work is quite physical and moderately labour intensive)
  • Must be able to work 5 days a week with 2 consecutive days off
  • Must be reliable and dependable
  • Previous wildlife rehabilitation or animal handling experience is an asset.

To apply: Please email cover letter, resume and 3 references to wildlife@niwra.org attention: Joyce Lee. Please write Animal Care Intern Position in the subject line.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 11 2019    ID: 50296