BECOME A VOLUNTEER.
Volunteers at Calgary Wildlife play a critical role in its success and are valued members of the team. Calgary Wildlife is always in need of volunteers who are willing to help out in a variety of ways. For information about corporate volunteering opportunities please visit our Corporate Volunteering page.
Please fill out an application by clicking the link below. Volunteers are chosen by suitability and availability of the positions. You will be contacted if we have openings and you are a good fit for the role. Your application will only be kept on file for a year.
To volunteer, you must be 18 years of age or older.
Please note most volunteer intake and orientation is done between September and April. Wait times can be long, due to this we are unable to contact every applicant at this time.
Wildlife Clinic Support Volunteer
Calgary Wildlife requires wildlife clinic support volunteers every day of the year! Our wildlife clinic support volunteers assist our staff in the daily care routines of our animal patients and permanent residents. This includes cleaning enclosures, food prep, assisting with cleaning duties such as laundry, dishes, sweeping and mopping, phone management, and public engagement. These positions bring our volunteers into a once-in-a-lifetime position to be around wildlife and participate in their rehabilitation. Wildlife clinic support positions are highly coveted, and we often have a waitlist.
We care about the health and safety of our volunteers.
Please be aware that wildlife clinic support volunteer positions include exposure to allergens including peanuts, eggs, bees, dander, fur, shavings, pollen, and hay. Individuals must be in good health to volunteer in the clinic and cannot be
immuno-compromised (illness or medical treatment). Wildlife clinic support positions involve physical labour. As such, all volunteers must be able to walk unaided on uneven ground and carry 25 lbs. Volunteers must not be squeamish and be okay touching insects, raw meat, and the food sources for our raptors.
We are always looking for energetic, professional, proactive people who are passionate about wildlife and willing to work with the team to further our mission to join our board of directors! Directors are voted in during our May AGM each year. Directors on our board must be willing to commit to a 2-year term and on average ten hours a month.
*Board member positions are currently closed*
Fundraising & Event
Calgary Wildlife is looking for creative and innovative fundraising and events volunteers to work closely with our Executive Director to build a robust fundraising foundation to advance Calgary Wildlife. Fundraising comes in many forms, we are looking for volunteers who have experience with organizing events, obtaining community donations, researching and/or writing grants, corporate partnerships, and excellent interpersonal skills.
*Fundraising and events positions are currently closed*
We need pickup drivers every day of the year to bring in patients from vet clinics around the city. Pickup drivers will be trained and approved by our licensed animal guardian and wildlife rehabilitators. Pickup drivers must have their own vehicle that is reliable and fully insured and registered.
Do you have a passion for teaching? Are you enthusiastic about Alberta wildlife? If yes, this position may be for you. Calgary Wildlife is looking for passionate members of the community to provide engaging educational experiences to a wide range of audiences. Volunteers will present to students, seniors, and other community groups including Guides and Cubs. The education programs will focus on Calgary Wildlife’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife, as well as educate the public about native wildlife and living in harmony with urban wildlife. Information may be shared informally at tabling events or in more formal interactive settings.
Construction & Maintenance
Construction & Maintenance Volunteers are accepted year-round. Are you good with your hands? Are you a tradesperson? Can you work independently and in a team? Calgary Wildlife is always in need of skilled labourers to help us build and maintain enclosures and to ensure the working order and safety of our site (snow removal, grass cutting, and other miscellaneous site tasks).
*Construction & Maintenance positions are currently closed*
Food Prep volunteers are needed every day of the year. They help to prepare the patients' and permanent residents' meals. They also help to keep our kitchen neat and tidy. Food prep volunteers must not be squeamish and be okay touching insects, raw meat, and the food sources for our raptors.
*Food Prep applications will re-open in the winter*
Are you passionate about helping wildlife behind the scenes? Are you familiar with all the current social media platforms and have the ability to create content?
Apply today to join our social media and marketing team. Please make sure to list in your application all design platforms you can use & any previous professional social media experience experience.
Hotline volunteers are the front lines of the organization and must deal with calls from concerned members of the public regarding injured wildlife. Hotline volunteers must have very strong customer services skills, empathy, and passion for helping wildlife and people.