Individual Volunteering

Many of our volunteers have been with Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) for a number of years. We salute our past and present volunteers, as they helped us care for 32,000 animals since we opened. We welcome you as a new volunteer. 

The Application Process

Commitment

Due training requirements for a volunteer position with AIWC, which takes significant time away from our existing staff and volunteers, we require a minimum time commitment from our new volunteers.  The commitment varies by opportunity.

Opportunities

All applications received after September 1st, 2020 will be retained for our January 2021 volunteer intake.

While we have outlined several volunteer opportunities below, we are always looking for people that can help further AIWC’s mission in other areas. If you would like to discuss this, please reach out to our Community Engagement Manager.

Title Description Commitment On-site*
Junior Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant (JWRA) As a JWRA, you will be responsible for assisting staff members with the daily operations in our wildlife hospital. This will include tasks such as diet preparation, cleaning cages, feeding wildlife, general cleaning (laundry, dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.), and other miscellaneous tasks around the hospital. If you are interested in learning more about wildlife husbandry, are a hard worker, and don’t mind getting a bit dirty, this position is for you! No previous animal care experience or rabies vaccination is required, but is considered an asset. Commitment Requirements: Minimum 100 volunteer hours per year. May-August: At least 12 hours per month. September-April: At least 6 hours per month. On-Site
Rescue Driver As a rescue driver you will mainly be responsible for rescuing and transporting injured and/or orphaned wildlife to AIWC from across our service area (Didsbury-Nanton, Canmore-Strathmore, and in between). You will be taught how to contain a wide variety of animals, as well as how to evaluate critical injuries and rescue situations. A current rabies vaccination is considered a great asset, but is not required for this position. However, you will need to posses a valid driver’s licence, vehicle insurance, and a reliable means of transportation. Commitment requirements: Shifts are on-call, but you must commit to at least 12 hours per month during the summer (May-August), and at least 8 hours per month September – April. On-Site
Newsletter Writers Spreading the word about AIWC is a very important position; the more members of the public know about AIWC, the better we can serve the wildlife in our care. As a Newsletter Writer, you will be responsible for assisting with the writing, formatting, and distribution of AIWC related information through our quarterly newsletter. You will need to be able to write fluently in English, as well as have basic computer skills and the ability to conduct independent work from home. Commitment Requirements: 1 article per newsletter edition (usually about 3 hours of work) Remote
Hotline AIWC responds to more than 5000 wildlife related calls on our hotline each year, and Hotline volunteers are crucial in providing after-hours support to members of the public that have found injured/orphaned wildlife. This position is done off-site at your home, and involves checking the AIWC voicemails, recording call details in a digital log, and assisting members of the public with emergency situations. You will need to be able to speak and write fluently in English, have basic computer and phone skills, and be a friendly and patient contact for members of the public calling in. Commitment Requirements: At least three two-hour shifts per month (7-9 am and 6-8 pm options available). Remote
Veterinary Technician Volunteer This role is open to current Certified Veterinary Technicians/AHTs only. As a Veterinary Technician volunteer, you would be responsible for helping the AIWC Veterinarian and rehab staff with advanced tasks, including handling wildlife for exams and treatment, dispensing medications, helping with x-rays, and performing lab work including blood testing and fecal analysis. This role also involves assisting with more general hospital tasks, including feeding and cleaning. You will be required to undergo training as a JWRA, and log 50 hours in that role before training on wildlife handling if you do not already have extensive experience with wildlife care. You must be certified to work as a Veterinary Technician or AHT in Alberta, as well as possess a current rabies vaccination for this position. Commitment Requirements: Minimum 100 volunteer hours per year. May-August: At least 12 hours per month. September-April: At least 6 hours per month. On-Site

* requires that you arrange transport to the AIWC site yourself. There is no public transportation.  For rescue drivers, you will be asked to use your own vehicle to pick up wildlife and return them to AIWC.