Do you love animals? Would you like to care and raise and rehabilitate wildlife? This great volunteer project is located 1 hour from Vancouver. The work with the wildlife on the centre is physically demanding and it is by no means an ‘easy holiday option’! The minimum duration of stay is 8 weeks with a maximum duration of 24 weeks. This gives the animals a chance to get to know and trust you, and it requires a little time to learn their routine. They are exclusively a North American Native Mammal Rehab Center and focus on mainly on smaller mammals like racoons, skunks, otters and other animals like coyotes and black bears.
This is why:
Working at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center can be very intense at times because of the hours they sometimes have to keep. With any luck, you will be working an eight hour day, but at times it can be up to 12 hours, depending on the number of admissions and their problems. Sometimes there can even be a 2 a.m. feeding. Volunteers will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the shelter. Your job will include feeding, food preparation, cleaning, laundry, administering treatment, participating in building projects, painting, etc... Volunteers and Interns are the backbone of the organization. It is these individuals, who give freely of their time, that make caring for all the animals possible.
Consider that working outside every day in every kind of weather can be extremely hard and it can make for a long day.