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Rural Wildlife Caretaker

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This project is located in the beautiful Ontario. You will have the opportunity to help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned animals!

This great volunteer project is located in beautiful and lake filled Ontario not far from Canada's famous great lakes. You will have the opportunity to help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals!

They are in need for help all year round. This wildlife centre specializes in the care and rehabilitation of small to large animals. The work with the wildlife on the centre is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’!  Daily care of wildlife animals can be very difficult. The minimum duration is 4 weeks and maximum duration of stay is 12 weeks. This gives the animals a chance to get to know and trust you, and it requires a little time to learn their routine. Volunteers will be working atleast 8 hours per day and 6 days a week , depending on the animals intake. 

The project is set in the middle of “cottage country” and in a pretty remote location.   There is no bus service in the area, but we do arrange to take volunteers into one of the nearby towns regularly to buy groceries.  Several lakes are nearby and is ideal for swimming and for paddling.  

Working at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center can be very intense at times because of the hours we sometimes have to keep. There may be evening feedings.  Volunteers will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the shelter. Your job will include feeding, food preparation, cleaning, laundry, administering treatment, participating in building projects, painting, etc...

  • Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks and no more than 12 weeks
  • Must complete 2-4 days of training and shadow a senior volunteer before starting independent shifts
  • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
  • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
  • Age: 18+
  • No animal allergies
  • Current tetanus vaccination
  • Good physical stamina and health.
  • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must!
  • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge of the English
  • Training is provided.
  • A valid driver’s license would be an asset, but is not required
You will volunteer along side international volunteers and local volunteers as well as local staff who will guide and train you during your stay. There is no specific skills or equipment needed to take part in this program.

Typical day

Volunteers and Volunteers are the backbone of the organization. It is these individuals, who give freely of their time, that make caring for all the animals possible. The wildlife shelter is run by a dedicated group of volunteers.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting cages, work spaces, and equipment
  • Preparing food and feeding animals on a schedule
  • Feeding animals by gavage (a tube into the stomach) and hand-feeding
  • Administering medications, basic first aid and fluid therapy to wildlife
  • Capturing, handling, and restraining injured and orphaned wild animals
  • Keeping animal records, Observing and recording changes in an animal's health or behavior
  • Maintaining and tidying the grounds at the rehabilitation centre
  • Some public education work and Minor repairs of cages and enclosures.

Details on Arrival

Key start dates are from April to September. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers can enjoy many activities during their days off. They have the opportunity to go hiking a the local mountains, visiting the lakes during the summer for swimming and paddling or visit lone of the local skii areas during winter. However, these activities are covered by the volunteers expense.

Water Sports
Winter Sports

Program 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)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
CV, Resume and Letter of Motivation and Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 17:00

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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel
Accommodation :A bunkhouse on the property which volunteers will be living in.
Hostels : You will need to stay 1 night at a hostel in Toronto.
Mail-holding service :You can use FRONTEERINGS office as a reliable address to have your mail delivered
Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency contact

A bunkhouse on the property which volunteers will be living in. There is a living room, kitchen, and dining room attached to the kitchen. Volunteers will have to share their bed room. Wireless internet provided. Linens and towels will be provided.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto. 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Canada you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Canada.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Lively/Canada between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Canada.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Americas Northern America Canada  Lively, 95 White Road

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