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 34,000 animals since we opened. We welcome you as a new volunteer. 

The Application Process


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.


We are currently accepting applications for our September 2023 recruitment session. Applications received after this round will be held until our next recruitment session in January 2023.

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: At least 1 shift (4-8 hours) weekly. 6 months+ commitment required. 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 Blog Writer, you will be responsible for assisting with writing and editing wildlife-related articles to be featured on our website. 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 every 3 months (usually about 3 hours of work per article) 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
Facilities Assistant Assist Facilities Coordinator with maintenance tasks, including building/repairing enclosures, lawn maintenance, site cleanup, and other odd jobs Commitment is sporadic depending on what is needed, but expect to volunteer at least 12 hours per month in summer and 4-8 hours per month in winter 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.