Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant
Title: Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant
Type: Full-time, temporary
Schedule: 35-40 hours/per week for 8-16 weeks (dependent on grant funding)
Number of positions available: 8
Closing: Open until filled
MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre is a busy wildlife rehabilitation and education facility located in
Merville on Vancouver Island, BC. The MARS Wildlife Hospital treated over 1400 animals in
2021, including raptors, waterfowl, songbirds, raccoons, and fawns. We have been rescuing and
rehabilitating wildlife since 1995.
Our mission statement is: to conserve and protect wildlife and its natural habitat through
wildlife rehabilitation and education.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant will work in the MARS Wildlife Hospital and provide
support to the wildlife rehabilitation program, assisting with all aspects of animal care from
rescue to release. This position is ideal for youth seeking a career in the fields of veterinary
medicine, wildlife rehabilitation, or environmental sciences. The successful candidate will have
the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of local wildlife, as well as learn
about and apply knowledge of species ecology and human-wildlife conflicts.
Under the leadership and supervision of the Manager and Assistant Manager of Wildlife
Rehabilitation, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant will:
Assist with medical assessments, diagnostic procedures, and treatments of sick, injured,
and orphaned wildlife;
Prepare specialized diets and habitats for patients based on their natural history, growth
stage, and individual needs;
Maintain the hospital facility, outbuildings, and enclosures to a high standard of hygiene
Communicate with the public about wildlife situations and patient care, representing
the organization in a professional and conscientious manner;
Maintain accurate rehabilitation and telephone records;
Assist with rescue operations ensuring safe capture, handling, and restraint of wildlife;
Provide guidance to volunteers and work experience students, ensuring compliance
with animal care and safety protocols;
Assist with communication between the MARS wildlife hospital and education centre,
reporting on animal care activities, trends, and interesting educational opportunities;
Participate in regular team meetings to discuss cases, resolve issues, and improve
quality of care and the work environment;
Promote a positive team atmosphere during all work activities, contributing to an
inclusive and respectful workplace culture;
Adhere to the organization’s health and safety policies and protocols, including the
COVID-19 plan, and report issues in a timely manner.
This position is dependent on funding from the federal Canada Summer Jobs program. To be
eligible for this funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment (please also see
MARS age requirement below);
Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has
been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of
Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled
to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and
Due to the dangers and disease risks associated with wildlife, the minimum age requirement for
employment in the MARS Wildlife Hospital is 18.
In addition, preference will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:
A demonstrated interest in biological, environmental, veterinary sciences;
Previous animal care experience;
The ability to handle a physically and often emotionally demanding workload;
Good written and verbal communication skills;
Transportation to and from work – valid driver’s license preferred;
Availability evenings, weekends, and holidays.
The successful candidate will need to submit proof of current tetanus vaccination and
Covid-19 vaccination prior to their start date.
To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to
email@example.com. Documents should be attached in PDF form, with your name and
“Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant” in the subject line.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. This position is
dependent on funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program, which may not be confirmed by
Service Canada until May.