About Volunteering

***PLEASE NOTE - Our volunteer application period is now closed. We anticipate opening for applications again in August-September 2018 - please check back!

This page is about our volunteer handler program for University of Guelph students. To see about volunteering in another capacity, check out our Other Opportunities page!


Volunteering for Wild Ontario is a unique experience that you will never forget! Our volunteers work hands-on with our non-releasable birds, but also spend tons of time cleaning, preparing food, maintaining our facility, delivering our education programs and attending our meetings. Volunteering for us is hard work, but we think the rewards are worth it! In addition to the rare experience to work with our amazing birds, volunteers learn communication, dedication, teamwork, leadership, responsibility and a variety of hands-on skills.

To be eligible to volunteer, you must...

-Be a student of the University of Guelph.
-Be willing and able to commit at least 12 months (3 semesters) to the program.
-Be able to dedicate a minimum of 8 hours per week to fulfilling the volunteer requirements.
-Be able to attend our mandatory meetings every Monday evening at 5:30.

Our volunteers require...

-Enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and a passion for environmental education and outreach.
-A mature, responsible approach and a willingness to learn and take instruction.
-An upbeat, positive and fun attitude, and a desire to be a part of an awesome team.

Our volunteers do not require...

-Experience working with birds of prey or other animals, delivering educational programs or public speaking.

Think you've got what it takes?

We strongly prioritize the right attitude and fit for our team over related experience. Our volunteers learn all the necessary skills and information during training, but it is hard to teach passion and enthusiasm! We encourage you to read over this page carefully, and check out our Volunteering FAQ to determine if volunteering is right for you.

If you think volunteering might be right for you, please fill out our application (below) and email it to us with your resume and cover letter at volunteer@wildontario.ca! We assess our need for new volunteers at the beginning of every semester (September, January and May), but take only as many as we need. Watch our social media channels for announcements!

Wild Ontario Volunteer Application (.pdf format)

Wild Ontario Volunteer Application (.doc format)

Only complete applications will be considered. Applications will only be considered for the current intake period - please re-submit updated applications if you wish to be reconsidered in future intakes.

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