Animal Care Assistant
Volunteer Types: Environment, Others
Organization types: Environmental/Animals
Short term (less than 6 months)
Application Deadline: April 1, 2023
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Animal care assistants feed and care for orphaned wildlife at the sanctuary and help with other supportive duties such as laundry, dishwashing and cage cleaning. As a position that is essential to the highest quality of animal care, volunteers must commit to a regular, weekly four-hour shift for a minimum of three months between April and October. Prevous wildlife experience is not required.

Responsibilities include: prepare formula and food; formula-feed animals; provide fresh food and water; clean indoor cages and outdoor enclosures; wash dishes and laundry; sweep and mop floors; provide environmental enrichment.

Applicants are required to fill out an online application on our website at There are also other volunteer opportunities.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Wildlife rehabilitation is a rewarding experience, with the majority of a volunteer's time spent on direct care of orphaned wildlife. Previous wildlife rehabilitation experience is not required as we provide on-the-job training in group and individual settings, and provide ongoing support and learning opportunities. Volunteers receive training to care for almost all species at the centre. Volunteers also learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, such as wildlife identification, natural behaviours, animal handling, animal health monitoring and environmental enrichment. With a common passion for animals and team camaraderie, volunteers can expect to make long lasting friendships.
How will the organization benefit?
Animal care assistants play an essential role in helping to give wildlife a second chance at life in the wild. The more dedicated volunteers we have, the more animals we can help. It's our people who fuel us:)
Volunteer location:
The wildlife centre is located about 15 minutes southwest of North Gower, Ontario (about 30 minutes from westend Ottawa). There is no public transit to our facility.


Linda Laurus
@Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
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This position would be great for: Adults, High School Students (14-18), Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 30
Good for people interested in: Environment, Others
You will be helping with: Animals

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