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 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 will house a wildlife hospital, visitor/discovery centre, scenic trails, ambassador bird aviaries, large bird flight pen, wetland viewing areas and a deer enclosure. Over the next three years, we’re hoping as many as 60,000 local and international guests make MARS an indispensable part of their trip to the Comox Valley. As you can imagine that’s 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, school outreach educators and staff to run the visitor/discovery centre. 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 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 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 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 18 years old.
The first step is super simple. Just fill in your name, email address and a 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.
Animal & Bird Caregiver
“MARS memories? Scrubbing stinky ***t from pads and holding my first orphaned fawn! I’ve met many wonderful, caring people while continuing life’s learning and helping wildlife in peril.”
Animal & Bird Caregiver
“I’ve always been close to nature. To give something back this way…it changes you.”
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!”