Job Posting 99635

Wildlife Care Assistant
WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Burnaby, British Columbia
closes in 52 days (Mon, 15 Apr)
canada summer jobs / summer students  •  $16.75/hour

We are looking for Wildlife Care Assistants (Canada Summer Jobs Program) to join our team!

This exciting opportunity, funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, invites you to bring your best self to work each day and gain valuable work experience for your future career development.


Position Profile:

The Wildlife Care Assistant position offers an opportunity to develop your skills while making a positive impact on the local wildlife. You will be working closely with our hospital team to provide care for the youngest patients. Responsibilities will include feeding, cleaning, observation and detailed record-keeping. This role is a great opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment and learn more about natural history and wildlife rehabilitation.


  $16.75 per hour



Wildlife Care Assistant – Canada Summer Jobs is a seasonal contract position (approximately 32 hours/week for a period of 8 to 16 weeks). Exact hours and length of placements are not known until granted and announced by the Canada Summer Jobs program. The 2024 Canada Summer Jobs program will run from April 22nd to August 31st, 2024.

Who YOU are:

You are an enthusiastic, goal-driven team-player with career aspirations in veterinary medicine, conservation, or similar discipline that is not afraid of hard work and getting your hands dirty. You are interested in leveraging your unique talents to support the success of Wildlife Rescue’s Nestling and Fledgling program and care for the diverse variety of juvenile birds that are admitted to our hospital every spring and summer.


Who WE are:

Established in 1979, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC is a leader in the rehabilitation of wild animals and is committed to educating the public on how to coexist peacefully with wildlife. Located in Burnaby, BC, we are western Canada’s busiest wildlife rehabilitation centre, with over 5,000 animal patients admitted each year.


The Wildlife Rescue Association of BC is located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓  q̓ əmin̓  əm̓   and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. We are grateful for the opportunity to be on this beautiful, shared territory.

Highlight of Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide day to day care for nestling and fledgling songbirds (including hand feeding, cleaning, and handling), juvenile gulls, ducklings and goslings
  • Keep detailed records and observations on the nestlings and fledglings in care
  • Setup and clean habitats
  • Create and maintain enrichment
  • Diet preparation
  • Assist with volunteer and staff training
  • Conduct daily observations and communicate concerns to senior staff


Key Qualifications & Experience:

  • Previous animal handling experience, an asset
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and problem-solve
  • Willingness to take initiative and work independently
  • Open availability (evenings, weekends, and statutory holidays)
  • OR the right combination of skills and experience—we are looking for the right fit for our team and encourage all interested candidates to apply

To be eligible for a Canada Summer Jobs opportunity, youth must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection applies, and;
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada

*International students are not eligible to apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program


Important Notes:

  • All candidates must be willing to submit proof of current tetanus and COVID-19 vaccination and to obtain criminal record check as per
  • All candidates must be available for four consecutive days of mandatory training at the start of their work term (Tuesday through Friday of the first week of work)


WRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; It is WRA’s policy to provide equal opportunity for all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion or creed, gender, age, disability, national origin, language, political belief, criminal record, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodation will be made for persons with disabilities. This policy applies to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. If you need assistance or an accommodation, you may contact us at .


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