Wildlife Animal Caretaker

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founded in 1984
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High­lights

Every day is different, expect the unexpected.
Work along side some of the best animal caretakers in the industry
This is not an easy job, you will be challenged in everyway. We are here to support you through your journey!
Meet likeminded people from around the world and make life long friendships
No experience? no problem! We will train you and support you in everyway!
Critter Care Wildlife Society has been in operation since 1984. We specialize in the treatment, care and release of native mammal species. We're not government funded. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

Depending on the time of year you wish to come will be different experiences. Baby season if the most popular which typically if from April – September. Where orphaned animals are brought into care to hand raised and released back into the wild. Quieter months are from Oct- March. Typical it is late babies that could not be release before winter, and so will over winter at the center until spring and caring for injured adult animals that are struggling through the winter.


Critter Care Wildlife Society specializes in the treatment, care, and release of sick, injured, and orphaned native mammal species of British Columbia’s Southern and Lower mainland. Some of species include, Raccoons, River Otters, Bobcats, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Fawns, Beavers, Black Bears, Rabbits, Hares, Mice, Weasels, Marmots, Coyotes and much more We are the only facility in BC specializing in the care of mammals and one of only three bear rehabilitation facilities in the province. In addition to rehabilitation, we are involved in community-based education programs at primary levels. We work to educate the public through involvement in civic groups, senior’s homes and assist other wildlife management organizations. Our live on-site volunteer program has reached a new landmark this year, extending invitations to more than 100+ young adults from every continent on the planet par Antarctica! So far.

Typical day

A day in the life of a live-in volunteer (Baby Season) 

6am: During baby season this will often be your first feed. You may have multiple species to feed all before morning meeting. Depending on the species you have and their ages, you may be feeding up to 15 times a day! 8.45 morning meeting – Everyone should be done breakfast and have fed and changed the potties of any animals in their care. This is where the interns are read the “To Do List” which will describe what tasks are to be done that workday. It is also a good opportunity for interns and supervisors to discuss any important matters or any events we have coming up! Morning Clean- The triage centre has high traffic all day, everyday! It takes a whole team to keep the centre clean. After morning meeting the interns will share the jobs and clean the entire house top to bottom to ensure it is presentable to the public, as well as comfortable for themselves Cage Cleaning- we often have volunteers attend the centre to assist us with cage cleaning, but it is inevitable that you will have to clean a cage or two! You may be cleaning your Raccoons, Squirrels, Beavers, Bears or maybe all the above! 

 Daily jobs- the daily jobs are shared amongst interns to ensure everyone is contributing to keeping the centre running. Jobs include laundry, cooking eggs or chicken, making food plates, organizing the closets, sorting the deck, changing boot dips and so on. It is our job to schedule these tasks as needed around any animals in your care and the To Do List. Lunch- your lunch will be scheduled so that not everyone is in the kitchen at once! You are allowed a 30-minute lunch break, and two 15-minute breaks throughout the day. Afternoon- More cleaning, the To Do List, hopefully a rescue or exam and we try to schedule in enrichment and team building as often as we can! Evening clean- The centre is to be cleaned top to bottom once again. Depending on the season, this may be done in the middle of the day too! After evening clean it is time to give the animals their dinner. Potties are to be changed and some animals may be locked up depending on the weather.

Free-time activities


You are free to do as you wish on your days off.  If you have babies you are still required to feed them, even on days off.  Depending on the time of year we frequently do "Team Building" we have gone out for food/ Trampoline parks/ sight seeing...
Climbing
Concert/
Music
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Safari/
Zoo
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Winter Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Animal Lover
-Hardworking
-Willing to adapt

We do not discriminate and work with you no matter your skillset.

You will have two days off a week- they will be spread out. for example Monday off and Thursday etc.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Critter Care Wildlife

We charge to cover admin fees and to secure a spot for you.


This is the only fee we charge, room and board are free.

We do not assist with Visas/Flights, you are responsible to get to an airport near us.

If your flight is within regular working hours we can help with transportation to our site (not always guaranteed)

Airport Pickup at Vancouver International Airport

 We will pick you up as long as we have enough notice to do so.  be prepared to taxi to our location ($100 taxi)

Accommodation

We have 5 cabins on our property with bunk beds, you could share a cabin with 4+ other people.  We also have a common room in the basement of the house with sofas and a tv to relax.

Food & Beverages

We provide the basics (milk,Cheese,cereal,pasta,rice) however we do have lots of meat and veggie options.  

If you want chips and sweets you are to pay for those, these are not provided.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Vancouver. We assist you to find cheap flights to Canada.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Canada provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Canada you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Canada.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

WE DO NOT PROVIDE VISAS.

The closest international airports are YVR Vancouver International airport & YXX Abbotsford International airport

We accept interns year round!

• You must have your own travel/ health insurance(s) 
• Visa typically used are an ETA for less than 6 months or an IEC for longer. We do not do Visa application for volunteers, however, can provide you with a customs letter. 
• Two staff members are first aid trained on site. 
• We have a health and safety officer that ensures all protocols are kept up to date. 
• All Volunteers, staff etc. Must be Fully or partially Vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof will be required. 
• A criminal check will be needed.
• A full application is to be filled out, which contains site rules etc. 
• You must have an up-to-date tetanus shot

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$176
50 weeks (max. stay)
$176
Average fees
$24 /week

The organization charges its fees in CAD. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Critter Care Wildlife will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Critter Care Wildlife during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wildlife Animal Caretaker

Critter Care Wildlife Society has been in operation since 1984. We specialize in the treatment, care and release of native mammal species. We're not government funded.

$30/week

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