To report orphaned, ill or injured wildlife: (250) 337-2021 Comox Valley, Canada

Are you a student 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 aspirational wildlife caregivers an opportunity to come to MARS to get hands on experience working with injured, ill or orphaned wildlife.

We accept student volunteer applications all year round. These are unpaid positions and are filled on a six-week rotating basis over for the four time periods listed below:

  • April 15 – May 31
  • June 1 – July 15
  • July 16 – August 31
  • September 1 – October 15


What am I getting myself into!?

The wildlife centre is staffed by two dedicated rehabilitators and many volunteers. As a summer student you will become part of a team of like-minded people and will be treated with respect and friendship. 

A summer student 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 8 am – 10 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.



Summer Student Application Form

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

MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre
 P.O. Box 415 
Merville, BC V0R 2M0

We will contact all applicants during the selection process.

REMINDER: Applications will NOT be accepted via e-mail.   Summer student volunteer applications may be submitted all year.