All volunteers are required to be MARS members
If you have some time to give or expertise to share, MARS might be the perfect place to start. Membership is required.
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.
MARS Visitor Centre Guides
Greet individual and prearranged visitors, including groups and schools, provide information on MARS history, rehabilitation programs, and environmental/ecological information on plants, animals and birds on display in the Visitors Centre. Lead tours of individuals, families, and groups around our outdoor bird enclosures and tell the stories of how our resident Ambassador Birds came to live with us. Provide input and participate in the creation of displays, images, and programs for the Visitor Centre. Set up of a camera, and video displays using computers and projectors. Assist with general cleaning of the facility including sweeping floors & cleaning bathrooms. Assist with the Collection of entrance fees, and donations, and sell items from the Gift Shop using a computer.
This volunteer job suits good communicators who enjoy sharing their knowledge of wildlife, are comfortable talking informally to people of all ages, are enthusiastic about nature and the environment, and enjoy working with a team.
MARS Gift Shop
Greet visitors, offer basic information about the facility, collect admission fees and sell merchandise. Assist with pricing and display of items for sale. Count and balance cash and credit / debit transactions on a computer POS system. Assist with signing up new members, and filling out forms. Provide general cleaning of the facility, including sweeping floors & cleaning bathrooms. This volunteer job suits good communicators who, are comfortable talking informally to people of all ages, are enthusiastic about nature and the environment, and enjoy working with a team.
MARS Special Event Volunteers
Set up tables and displays at MARS and community events; sell raffle tickets, memberships, and donations using cash and credit card transactions, talking to the public about MARS rehabilitation. Assist in pack up of supplies & tables at end of events, returning materials to MARS. This volunteer job suits individuals comfortable with people from all walks of life who enjoy variety.
Provide labour and skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, site prep, gardening, or design expertise for projects that could include displays, cabinets, painting, repairs, signage, etc. Site projects include trail building and maintenance, raised garden beds construction and maintenance, ditch clearing, and lawn mowing. Tasks would be performed from time to time on an “on-call” basis. There is no minimum time commitment requested.
Ambassador Bird Handler
Care for and handle MARS Ambassador Birds (raptors who are unable to be released back in the wild).
MARS Bird Handlers speak to and educate the public at MARS fundraising and special community events, at schools and at our Visitor Centre.
Training provided of about 10-12 weeks, which includes bird handling, transporting birds to scheduled events, representing the Ambassadors and MARS in the public. Training is followed by a competency assessment, and we require a commitment of regular practice and attendance at our education programs with your newly learned expertise (minimum 20 hours per month).
Ambassador handlers must also be at least 19 years of age and have proof of current tetanus immunization.