Volunteer orientation sessions are free and can be attended by anyone interested in learning more about WRSOS and wildlife rehabilitation. The sessions are followed by volunteer meetings which newcomers are welcome to join if they wish. Please register with Sean Mitchell if you wish to attend any of the following meetings:
Volunteer information sessions may be scheduled for Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Lloydminster, Kindersley, Weyburn, Estevan, and Yorkton if there is interest in those areas. If you would like to request a volunteer training and membership information session, please contact Sean Mitchell.
The WRSOS has many areas that you can comfortably become involved in. We would love to help YOU help wildlife! There are many different facets of the WRSOS that a volunteer can help out in – from the hotline to the duck rescue team to annual events, we are always looking to expand our diverse group of volunteers. It is important to remember too - if you never want to touch an animal, you don't have too!
Volunteer orientations are offered regularly to help introduce future volunteers on the organization and general wildlife information. If the hotline ends up being your preferred volunteer activity there is a special 1-2 hour hotline training course to ensure that you have to tools for success.
Here are a few areas that one might be interested in volunteering for with the WRSOS:
The hotline operates 365 days of the year and is manned by volunteers 12 hours a day. Training sessions, mentoring and orientation occurs on a regular basis to ensure volunteers can monitor the hotline with confidence. A WRSOS volunteer manual is provided to assist with answering the public's queries that come through the hotline. This manual becomes your wildlife bible!
Hotline shifts run every day from 9:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm, and 5:00pm-9:00pm, and the best part is you can do your shift right from your own home! You carry out your shift by calling the hotline voice-mail or accessing the voice-mail online, listen to messages, look up the appropriate information and call the people back. The calls that come through the hotline can vary widely, some people are just looking for more information about the organization or a particular species of wildlife, some are to report an animal that actually does not need assistance (i.e. fledgling bird, deer fawn on its own), and finally some are to report that they have an animal in their care or on their property that is truly orphaned or injured. There are designated mentors in the organization that can be contacted if ever you are unsure about how to respond to a call – we know it takes time and experience to build confidence and the WRSOS is here to help our volunteers!
These volunteers are people who are able to pick up captured wildlife and take them to a veterinary clinic or wildlife rehabilitator. The WRSOS is currently looking for more transport volunteers across the province of Saskatchewan.
These volunteers are people who are able to work as a team, or on their own, to safely capture injured or orphaned wildlife.
Seasonally we also assemble a Duck Rescue Team made of people who are in the larger centers of Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw. It is critical that when conducting a duck rescue with a mother and her ducklings that none are separated, thus a larger team is sometimes required. The Duck Rescue group is sometimes needed at a moment's notice!
Events and Presentations
Assistance is always required with the many events that the WRSOS sets up booths at over the year. Our annual fundraising educational event "Gone Wild for Wildlife" is a big undertaking that requires volunteers to help plan and execute on the day of. The WRSOS sometimes gives presentations at schools throughout the province.
Volunteers with hidden talents of design or social media skills are always welcome. Designing eye catching posters for events or updating our Facebook page are one of the many aspects of the organization that our volunteers assist with!
Volunteer with a local rehabilitator
There are 20 provincially licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the province. During the spring/summer baby boom, these rehabilitators always need help as there are many hungry mouths to feed.
WRSOS has a volunteer, working board that helps oversee the day to day operations of the organization. Newcomers can offer fresh new insight and ideas to the existing board.
The WRSOS is always looking for more target veterinarians and provincially licensed wildlife rehabilitators to work with!