Hope for Wildlife depends on many dedicated volunteers who help out in many different ways; without them, we could not do what we do.
If you are interested in joining Hope for Wildlife's team of volunteers, please take the first step by considering the following questions:
- Do I have a deep-rooted caring and compassion for the natural world?
- Do I feel that all wildlife is important, no matter what species?
- Will I be living in Nova Scotia for the next six months (at least)?
- Do I understand the importance of, and see the value in, having animals for educational purposes?
- Can I commit to 16 or more volunteer hours per month?
If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, we encourage you to learn more about volunteering with us by selecting your age range:
15 Years of Age or Under
If you are currently under 15 years of age or under and are interested in Hope for Wildlife, we recommend that you visit us for a guided tour and see what we are all about. This will help you decide if you would truly enjoy volunteering with us once you turn 16 years old, the minimum age requirement. You can visit as often as you like, as we are constantly updating our displays and tours.
16-17 Years of Age
High school students (aged 16-17 years) who volunteer with Hope for Wildlife do so through the co-operative education program offered and insured though Nova Scotia's public school system. There are significant opportunities for learning in our workplace, and the volunteer agreement is between Hope for Wildlife, the student, and the school. As the host, Hope for Wildlife expects students to enter placements with a willingness to learn, a strong commitment, and a positive attitude.
If volunteering with us interests you, please discuss this with your co-operative education teacher.
18 Years of Age and Over
Whether it's driving across the province to pick up an injured animal, helping out at a fundraiser, building a fence, or scrubbing cages, Hope for Wildlife requires many different kinds of help and volunteer opportunities are always changing.
Please review the following ways in which volunteers lend a hand at Hope for Wildlife; during the application process, you will be asked to provide your top THREE preferences:
Hope for Wildlife believes that connecting people to wildlife in a positive way through knowledge and understanding is very important. Education volunteers provide guided tours for visitors to Hope for Wildlife's facilities in Seaforth and also perform offsite presentations to groups of all ages.
Hope for Wildlife is always in need of handy volunteers to help out around "the farm," building and maintaining enclosures, doing repairs, and so on.
Hope for Wildlife depends on volunteers to get injured wildlife to our facilities when callers are unable to do so. This includes any or all of the following, based on a volunteer's comfort level:
- Providing assistance to wildlife in distress
- Wildlife handling
- Transporting wildlife
- Participating in wildlife releases
- Liaising with the public as a representative of Hope for Wildlife
Please note: Volunteers handling and/or transporting wildlife must have their tetanus shot and all pets at home must be vaccinated.
Hope for Wildlife's grounds maintenance volunteers have a hand in maintaining the wildlife gardens and overall property, which includes tasks such as trail clearing, pruning, and planting.
Animal care volunteers at Hope for Wildlife help with food preparation, animal feeding, and cage cleaning. Much of this work takes place outdoors - regardless of weather - and it's almost always dirty work!
Please note: Volunteers preparing food, feeding animals, and cleaning cages must have their tetanus shot and all pets at home must be vaccinated.
Keeping Hope for Wildlife's facilities clean is very important. Volunteers who help with general cleaning perform a wide range of tasks throughout Hope for Wildlife's facilities, from public bathrooms to stairwells to the hospital.
Volunteers who have professional medical experience with animals help out in a number of ways at Hope for Wildlife, depending on their skills and training.
Please note: Volunteers working with animals must have their tetanus shot and all pets at home must be vaccinated.
Marketing volunteers assist Hope for Wildlife in a number of areas including fundraising, event planning, and social media.
Hope for Wildlife's administrative volunteers perform important "behind the scenes" work in areas such as data entry, grant writing/editing, graphic design, and IT.
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