Purpose of Position
The vision of Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia is to continually improve the welfare of urban wildlife. Our mission is to provide leadership in rehabilitating wildlife and in promoting the welfare of wild animals in the urban environment. We run a wildlife hospital located on a single site at the edge of Burnaby Lake. We treat over 6,000 wild birds and bats each year and provide public education through 30,000 calls to our Wildlife Helpline. Our Business Operations department plans, coordinates and oversees all our programs including development, communications, resources and volunteering.
Each year, 300 volunteers participate in a range of positions both on and off site. We are currently seeking a volunteer to volunteers to install and maintain the garden and landscape on the property of the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC. The landscape and garden are currently being tidied in order to install a wildlife landscape, including a wildlife demonstration garden. The Volunteer Hardscape Gardener’s main focus is to assist in hardscaping the WRA garden. All volunteers must be 16 years or older and provide a Criminal Record Check, proof of up-to-date tetanus vaccination and full Covid-19 vaccination.
We are looking for:
• Experience and knowledge in hardscaping gardens, landscaping, or a related field;
• Good communication skills;
• Ability to complete tasks independently with little supervision;
• Demonstrated reliability;
• Enjoys routine maintenance tasks;
• Prepared to work outdoors;
• Physically fit;
• Organized; and
• At least 18 years of age.
• Knowledge of native plants in BC is an asset.
The Hardscape Gardener is expected to ensure the highest standards of practice are achieved and maintained in accordance with the mission, vision and values of WRA, and to ensure adherence to all policies and legal requirements. All data and information will remain the property of Wildlife Rescue and be treated confidentially
• Complete maintenance of the hardscape in the WRA garden within your skillset as
• Assist in installing the new wildlife landscape plan, including hardscape and planting;
• Practice natural pest control methods;
• Remove/control invasive species;
• Assist with keeping track of, and maintaining garden equipment and supplies;
• Work with volunteer work parties as needed; and
• Recording and logging all hours on MyImpactPage.
All Wildlife Rescue volunteers start with a minimum commitment of 100 hours. Approximately 4-8 hours a week on a consistent weekly basis, with a minimum commitment of 6 months. Hours may vary per week depending on the season. The shifts will take place at Wildlife Rescue during operational hours, with flexibility as to the day.
Recognition & Benefits
We will discuss your specific motivations and learning objectives, and keep those in mind throughout your engagement. You will have the opportunity to:
• Make a difference for wildlife;
• Learn a lot about local wildlife and the impact we humans have on local species;
• Contribute to the development and efficient running of our organization and its
• Learn about the non-profit sector and the enormous value of volunteerism;
• Give back to your community;
• Gain experience in gardening, landscape, wildlife garden design;
• Use and build on your knowledge, skills and experience; and
• Meet and work with new people.
Upon successful completion of the minimum commitment and at the volunteer’s request, the Volunteer Coordinator will provide references.
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