Job Posting 99636

Wildlife Rescue Dispatcher / Education and Media Assistant
WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 52 days (Mon, 15 Apr)
canada summer jobs / summer students  •  $16.75/hour

We are looking for Wildlife Rescue Dispatchers and Education & Communications 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 Rescue Dispatcher position is will enhance your skills and contribute to the welfare of local wildlife. You will be working on the front lines of a busy wildlife rehabilitation centre, arranging rescues and releases, and providing advice to the public who find injured or orphaned wildlife. In this role, you will be representing our organization as the first point of contact with the community and playing a key role in our education initiatives.
$16.75 per hour


Wildlife Rescue Dispatcher – 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 a mature, enthusiastic, and well-spoken team-player, interested in leveraging your skills and passions to support local wildlife through public engagement, communication, and education.

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:

  • Respond to calls and emails on the Wildlife Helpline
  • Admit new patients to our Wildlife Hospital
  • Coordinate, monitor, and assist with wildlife transports, rescues, and releases
  • Foster important relationships with new and existing partner organizations
  • Support volunteer development within the Support Centre
  • Discuss the benefit of donating with finders and members of the public
  • Support our mandate of public education by helping develop content for our website, email and social media (Education/Media)
  • Assist with photography and videography to monitor patient health, for education & outreach and marketing purposes (Education/Media)

Key Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment (e.g. restaurant, retail)
  • Exceptional communication, organization, and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and problem-solve under pressure
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence
  • Comfortable around small birds and mammals
  • 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.

 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 policy.
  • 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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