Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.


Wildlife Rehabillitators 

Wild ARC (Animal Rehabilitation Centre)

Posting date: March 12, 2017
Closing date: April 1, 2017

BCSPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC)

Position Title:                      WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR

                                             Full-timeTemporary  & Part-time Positions

Classification:                      CUPE Local 50

Reporting Relationship:       Wild ARC Manager and Assistant Manager


Position Summary

The Wildlife Rehabilitator will participate in all wildlife care duties and the daily operation of the centre, including rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, in addition to maintenance of facilities and cleaning. By telephone and in person, promote the BC SPCA philosophy and mandate with respect to wildlife and animal welfare. Work in a humane, professional, and responsible manner, and encourage by teaching and example, other staff and volunteers to show the same qualities. Maintain operations to BC SPCA Wild ARC guidelines in conjunction with IWRC/NWRA minimum standards for wildlife rehabilitation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in all daily animal care duties including admission, rescue, triage, examination, laboratory and x-ray diagnostics, treatment, diet planning, food preparation and feeding, euthanasia, and release

  • Perform duties as required including interacting with the public, veterinarians, government, etc. in order to maintain centre operations

  • Liaise with other rehabilitation organizations and perform regular research to ensure highest standards of animal care; stay abreast of current wildlife rehabilitation practices and communicate with regional, national, and international wildlife rehabilitation associations

  • Ensure facility hygiene and adherence to health and safety protocols

  • Assist in the training and management of interns and volunteers; develop, coordinate, and conduct workshops for training

  • Maintain detailed records including patient-files, care instructions, and patient log book; perform data entry of files and analysis of records

  • Rescue and transport wildlife

  • Participate in cage design, construction, and maintenance as required

  • Pick up supplies and donations as required

  • Attend and participate in team meetings, training, workshops and other projects as required

  • Monitor the daily operation of the centre in the absence of the Manager and/or Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator

  • Work shifts as required (weekends, evenings, stat holidays) and perform other related duties as assigned

Skills & Abilities

  • Capable of handling a demanding workload and long hours

  • Available to work all shifts assigned by the Manager including weekends and statutory holidays

  • Ability to work in all types of outdoor conditions

  • Comfortable working with potentially hazardous conditions, such as contact with parasites, zoonotic diseases, dangerous animals, and chemicals

  • Requires substantial physical labour (must be able to lift 50 pounds)

  • Must be vaccinated for tetanus (and rabies preferred)

  • Must be able to work in emergency situations, on short notice

Education Requirements

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada and must undergo a criminal record check

  • Minimum 2 years of post-secondary studies in Biological Sciences, Animal Health Care, or a relevant field, Bachelors degree preferred

  • Minimum 2 years wildlife rehabilitation or husbandry experience

  • Basic rehabilitation skills certification from a provincial or international body; advanced skills is preferable; knowledge of IWRC/NWRA minimum standards

  • Animal care experience with small to medium size wild mammals and birds including raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, seabirds, deer, raccoons, squirrels, seals

  • Knowledge of natural history, identification, and behaviour of BC wildlife species; familiar with provincial and federal government wildlife regulations and rehabilitation permit requirements

  • Strong teamwork skills and work ethic

  • Excellent communication skills including telephone and public speaking

  • Good physical stamina and health

  • Intermediate level of computer literacy

  • Good driving record, no new driver restrictions

  • Daily access to a vehicle (Wild ARC is not on a transit route)

Wage Rate: $18.72 per hour

Closing Date: April 1, 2017 @ 5 p.m.

Please email the following to

-  BC SPCA Employment application (PDF)

- resume and cover letter

- contact information for three references (at least two former employers)


To ensure delivery, please use the following subject line for your email: "BC SPCA Job Posting - Wild ARC".

We thank you for your interest in the BC SPCA; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

The BC SPCA is a registered not-for-profit organization BN 11881 9036 RR0001.




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