To report orphaned, ill or injured wildlife: (250) 337-2021 | 1331 Williams Beach Road Merville, BC

Are you looking for experience caring for wildlife?


Excellent, you’ve come to the right place! One of the core principles guiding the MARS project is mentorship and education. As a result, every year the MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre offers young aspiring wildlife caregivers an opportunity to come to MARS to get hands on experience working with injured, ill or orphaned wildlife.

We accept volunteer intern applications all year round. These are unpaid positions and are filled on a six to twelve week placement.


What am I getting myself into!?

The wildlife centre is staffed by a Wildlife Supervisor, certified rehabbers and many dedicated volunteers. As a volunteer intern you will become part of a team of like-minded people and will be treated with respect and friendship. 

As a volunteer intern, you can expect to be involved in all aspects of the rehabilitation process although your main responsibility will be diet preparation, feeding and cleaning. You will also be expected to take part in animal and bird rescues and releases, administer treatments, participate in building projects and grounds maintenance and participate in our community outreach program.

Spring, summer and early autumn are what we call Baby Bird and Fawn Season and is when we receive the greatest number of patients. Be forewarned, work at the wildlife centre can be very demanding! In the summer, our skilled caregivers typically work from 6 am – 9 pm, with occasional 4 am feedings. The schedule at MARS can be intense, but you will also be given time to enjoy the beautiful scenery Vancouver island has to offer.

Previous wildlife experience is not a prerequisite.  Come here prepared to give 100% to our wild patients and you will have an extraordinary experience.

The wildlife centre offers very basic housing and occasionally some meals, but for the most part you will be responsible for your own food.



Student Volunteer Application Form

If this interests you, please fill out the application form and send it along with your resume and with a short essay outlining your reasons for applying.  Email it all to:

We will contact all applicants during the selection process.  Thank you for your interest!



Tanguay van Aelst

Tanguay van Aelst

Volunteer Intern

“At MARS every day is different.  We don’t know if there will be a rescue or a release.  We are working a lot, but it is very rewarding.” 


Magali Vanderveken

Magali Vanderveken

Volunteer Intern

“I wanted to help wildlife and do something different. This is a special place and an opportunity for me to make a difference.” 



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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