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

Volunteer Opportunities

MARS is spreading our wings.  Our goal for the next three years is to build a wildlife centre that will meet our needs now and for the future in the Comox Valley and Northern Vancouver Island region. We need volunteers to help with planning and fund raising to meet these goals.

Our fund raising efforts are closely aligned with our educational programs and special events.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with the public in developing relationships with the communities we serve. We have several different areas and sites that need to be developed and training and direction will be provided.

We are excited to grow and develop this new wildlife facility and welcome ideas and input from all members of the community.

Currently we have a special need for volunteers who would like to participate in a public relations role.  They should have strong writing skills and enjoy meeting the public.

Community Event Ambassadors

dscn7819As a non-profit society, MARS is dependent on donations and fundraising efforts. We host booths at many community events and require personable, outgoing Volunteers to help sell MARS Raffle Tickets and provide information to the public. Here are some upcoming events that we are looking for some help with:

EagleFest  – February
MARS Open House  – April
AGM – May

…and numerous other community events.

Educational Program Volunteer

Are you a retired teacher or interested in helping us to develop a children’s program?  Do you have time to give?  We are looking for a special volunteer(s) to help us take our message into the classrooms.  For further information about this program, please click here!

Board of Directors/Committee Members

We are looking for people interested in on-going committee work or serving a two year term on our Board of Directors. These positions are the foundation that helps to shape the course of our Society. Board and committee work, including event planning and fundraising, provide an excellent introduction to management, look great on a resume and offer many opportunities to network in the community. There are also literary opportunities for writing grant proposals, press releases, etc.


dscn9907Caregivers receive on-site training to provide hands-on wildlife care: rescue, treatment, feeding and, of course, cleaning.

This is a demanding position with a time commitment requirement of one four hour shift each week in order to care for wildlife. Our staff, other volunteers and wildlife depend upon you coming in consistently, on time.

This isn’t a warm and fuzzy job where you get to cuddle with wildlife. Handling and observing wildlife is stressful to them and delays healing. We do not try to “bond” with the animals. Our goal is to treat them humanely and get them back to the wild as soon as possible. If they are not able to survive in the wild then they are humanely euthanized since our permits and limited resources prevent us from keeping them in captivity for the long term.

This position is not for the weak of heart, as animal care requires physical strength to lift cages, restrain animals, and for scrubbing and cleaning cages. It requires that the volunteer is able to deal with strong odours and messy feces and regurgitants, sometimes blood and tissues when cleaning wounds (some parasites can also be expected).


We are always in need of tradespeople: construction workers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters etc. to complete maintenance on equipment, gardening and landscaping, repair of existing buildings and new project construction and management. (Varying levels of experience are required.)

We are also in need of volunteers who would enjoy helping us maintain the trails at Tsolum Spirit Park and Headquarters Townsite Park.

If you have any questions about any of these projects or are interested in becoming a team member, please contact MARS at 250-337-2021 or email

If you have some time to give or expertise to share, MARS might be the perfect place to start.

Membership is required: $15/individual or $25/family (for health reasons, on-site Volunteers must be 18 years old)

For more information, email: or call: 250-337-2021.