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Ever Thought About Volunteering?


Your timing couldn’t be better!

MARS is undergoing a massive expansion and we need a host of new volunteers with lots of different skills. In May 2017 we moved from our cramped little wildlife rescue in the woods to a spectacular new 11-acre $1.5 million facility in Merville, BC. The new MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre houses a wildlife hospital, ambassador bird aviaries, deer and swan enclosures and eventually a large bird flight pen.  Additionally, over the next three years, we’re hoping as many as 60,000 guests will enjoy our new visitors building and the planned scenic trails and wetland viewing areas. As you can imagine, that is going to mean a lot more work and a lot more volunteers.

Did you know? 

The MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre depends almost exclusively on volunteers? It’s true. There are over a 100 volunteers working at MARS, many of them active members filling every position imaginable. We have cage cleaners, maintenance workers, office admin personnel, veterinarians, wildlife caregivers and student volunteers all donating their time, energy and expertise. We literally could not survive without the generosity of all these individuals. Needless to say, the new MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre has pushed demand for volunteers to a whole new level.

We need gardeners, clean-up crews, labourers, volunteers to work with the children’s education program. We need people with special skills: carpenters, electricians, plumbers, heavy-duty machinery operators, fundraising experts, grant application writers, and computer geeks.  We have lots of volunteer positions that require skills that can be taught such as community event ambassadors, shop salespeople or drivers and we love people with a car. And believe it or not, if you’re comfortable handling birds and animals our wildlife caregivers can teach you how to do that too. Or perhaps you have a skill we didn’t even know we needed!

These are all good reasons to contact us directly and speak with the MARS volunteer coordinator about all the different positions available. So why not give it a go, join us and share in this incomparable opportunity to be in service to wild nature!

Yes, the dreaded “R” word

The truth is, people volunteer at MARS for a lot of different reasons. For instance, ask any wildlife caregiver what they love most about their work and they will tell you it is the satisfaction they receive when an injured, ill or orphaned bird or animal is returned home. The “release” videos posted on Facebook and on YouTube are habitually our most viewed, most loved and most talked about. Other volunteers want to give back to the community while some simply enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded people and the fact that MARS is a busy hub.

There is no right reason for volunteering, but sometimes it’s not enough to just love wild nature, sometimes it’s necessary to step up and help wild nature. If you are one of these people we’d love to hear from you. 

If you have some time to give or expertise to share, MARS might be the perfect place to start. Membership is required and on-site Volunteers must be 19 years old.

The first step is super simple. Just fill in your name, email address and write a short sentence telling us something about yourself and one of our volunteers will be in touch with you.

Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you to the team.

Coral Taylor

Coral Taylor

Animal & Bird Caregiver

“I’ve always been close to nature. To give something back this way…it changes you.” 


Joan Hine

Joan Hine

Bird Caregiver/Data Entry

“My main reason for volunteering? To lend my time in return for an amazing learning opportunity and experience – if you can get past the swan poop!” 



UPDATE from MARS Board of Directors

MARS’ Visitor Centre is now closed in response to the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic. We will continue to monitor recommendations from our local health authorities and look forward to reopening to the public when it is safe to do so.

The MARS wildlife hospital remains open; staff and volunteers will be here every day to take care of the animals. 

At this time of the year MARS’ volunteers would normally be out in the community raising money for the upcoming “baby” season, e.g. selling raffle tickets, garage sales, special events, etc. to care for fawns, baby birds and baby mammals. Our fundraising activities are now severely limited and we will no longer have revenue from the visitor centre. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone but any financial support you can spare to maintain our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program would be very much appreciated. Click here to make a donation >>

Please take care of yourselves and stay well.

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