Dedicated volunteers are essential to the success of the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Volunteers clean facilities and animal care spaces; prepare food and assist in feeding animals; assist with the preparation and administration of medications and treatments; accompany staff on rescues and releases; and help to ensure that every animal gets the care that it needs.

Please note, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is no longer accepting volunteers for the 2018 season. 

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Application Eligibility for 2019

Our application eligibility requirements for the 2019 season are:

  • Have completed a minimum of 50 volunteer hours with the Vancouver Aquarium volunteer program in the past 18 months

  • Be 19 + years of age

  • Have a current tetanus vaccination

  • Be over 5 feet in height (height requirement to safely reach and work in the animal husbandry areas)

In addition the the rescue centre specific requirements above, all Vancouver Aquarium volunteers must fit these requirements to register:

  • Have valid BC Medical Coverage/Insurance (ex. BC CareCard or travel insurance)

  • Be able to communicate in English

  • Be eligible to volunteer in Canada (check your visa, if applicable)

  • Able to commit to 50 hours of volunteer service (approx. 3-4 months)

  • Be willing to purchase a Volunteer T-shirt and Volunteer Manual ($30). If this poses a hardship please contact the Volunteer Services team.

Register In The Volunteer Database

If you would like to be informed of upcoming recruitment times when they open please sign up to the volunteer database by completing the online application form using the link below.

If you have any questions please contact Rescue.Volunteers@ocean.org for more information.

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Practicum Program

An opportunity designed to provide students with hands-on experience in marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation of marine life. Students will engage in laboratory procedures, rescue techniques and help with the veterinary and husbandry care of stranded marine mammals.