We have a small but extremely dedicated staff team at Wild ARC. Their backgrounds are varied, including education in animal health, biology, environmental studies and wildlife welfare. They are united by their passion for wildlife and the hours they have dedicated to their chosen field, volunteering and further developing their professional expertise.
If you are an experienced wildlife rehabilitator who has worked in a busy centre with many species and are legally entitled to work in Canada, we are always interested in keeping your information for future openings. Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Our Staff Team:
Ginelle Smith – Manager: Ginelle has an extensive and diverse background in operational and team management; from hospitality, telecommunications, non-profit and veterinary medicine industries. An avid scuba diver and outdoor enthusiast, Ginelle has a great passion for all animals, their welfare and conservation and has volunteered for many years to contribute to the protection and conservation of animals and their habitats
Rebecca Meyer – Assistant Manager: Rebecca grew up in Ontario and moved to BC in 2016. She has always had a passion and love for animals of all kinds and had volunteered with different private domestic rescues while living in Ontario. Rebecca became a part of the Wild ARC practicum program from May-June of 2019 and developed a whole new love and knowledge for wildlife during this time. Rebecca was hired as a wildlife assistant in September 2019 and moved into the role of Assistant Manager in October 2021.
Wallis – Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator: Wallis has a biology degree from the University of Victoria. She has been a wildlife rehabilitator for over 10 years and has been involved in the field for over 15. Wallis started out as a volunteer at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and eventually worked there for several years before joining Wild ARC. She has spent time at several rehabilitation centres across the United States. Her experience is wide ranging, with a focus on songbirds and aquatic birds. She is also a permitted bird bander and volunteers for Rocky Point Bird Observatory and the BC Purple Martin Stewardship and Recovery Program.
Mae – Registered Veterinary Technician: Mae started her career with the BC SPCA at the Vancouver animal shelter. She completed her Veterinary Technician training at Douglas College and volunteered at Charlie’s pet food bank, Wildlife Rescue Association and O.W.L. She also works at two local Veterinary clinics.
Alyssa – Wildlife Rehabilitator: Alyssa worked with leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica in 2011. She moved from Winnipeg to Victoria to pursue a marine bio degree. She graduated in 2017 from UVIC with a degree in biology which focused on marine biology. Alyssa pursued field work in 2019 monitoring Long-billed Curlew nests. She began her time at Wild ARC in July 2019 as a practicum student.
Katelyn, BSc – Wildlife Rehabilitator: Katelyn joined the Wild ARC team as a Junior Wildlife Rehabilitator in March 2020 and became a Wildlife Rehabilitator in fall of 2021. She has a degree in Wildlife Biology and Conversation from the University of Guelph. She has experience working with a variety of different animal groups; including domestics, husbandry animals, as well as exotics, but her real passion is wildlife. Katelyn began as an intern at Aspen Valley Wild Center back in 2014 and has since volunteered at various wildlife centers across Canada and the United States.
Sabrina, BSc – Wildlife Rehabilitator: Sabrina has a biology degree from the University of Victoria and has been a part of the Wild ARC team since 2016 where she started as a volunteer. She has volunteered at the BC SPCA Victoria branch, worked at UVic’s animal research unit and currently works at a local veterinary clinic. She is passionate about science, animal welfare, and wildlife conservation and hopes to one day attend veterinary school.
Carolina – Wildlife Assistant: Carolina has always had a passion for all animals and received an Animal Welfare Certificate from Thompson Rivers University. She has volunteered at a veterinary clinic, volunteered and did a practicum program at Wild ARC from August to October of 2020. She became part of the Wild ARC staff team in the spring of 2021, and is now a full-time Wildlife Assistant.
Hannah – Wildlife Assistant: Hannah graduated with honours from the Environmental Technology program in 2021 from Camosun College. She has hands-on experience doing environmental monitoring and data collection, and handling/identifying animals. Hannah participates and volunteers in a number of local ecosystem restoration projects with organizations including Habitat Acquisition Trust and Haliburton Biodiversity Project. She was hired as a Wildlife Assistant in 2021.
- Wildlife Rehabilitators: Christina (RVT, CWR), Caitlynn, Jessica, Karen, Katelyn, Marguerite (BSc, RVT), Neil, Rebecca, Sabrina, Sean
- Junior Wildlife Rehabilitators: Carlee, Julianne, Roman
- Wildlife Assistant: Shay, Sarah, Catie
Andrea Wallace, PhD, RPBio – Manager, Wild Animal Welfare: Andrea has a PhD in conservation science from Imperial College London, UK and has extensive experience in natural resource management, wildlife ecology and behaviour. Andrea was the Wild ARC Manager from March 2017 to December 2019. She is a Registered Professional Biologist and now manages wildlife welfare on a provincial level supporting the Animal Helpline and branches across BC. Andrea continues to work closely with and lead the team at Wild ARC.
Erin Ryan, MSc, RPBio – Specialist, Wild Animal Welfare: Erin works at the BC SPCA provincial office supporting provincial wild animal welfare initiatives, including communications, education, advocacy and academic collaborations. She also supports Wild ARC with digital fundraising campaigns. Erin started working for the BC SPCA in 2014, on topics related to humane wildlife control. She is a Registered Professional Biologist, with an MSc in Applied Animal Biology from the UBC Animal Welfare Program.
Sara Dubois, PhD, RPBio – Chief Scientific Officer & Director, Science & Policy: Sara works at the BC SPCA provincial office directing province-wide welfare science operations, programs and advocacy projects. She leads four teams of staff experts in animal welfare and policy (Companion, Farm & Wildlife Welfare, AnimalKind Accreditation). Born and raised in Langford, Sara graduated from UVic with a BSc (Biology) and obtained her MSc and PhD (Animal Science) from UBC. Sara started working for the BC SPCA in 2001 as a contract movie monitor for animals, and was Wild ARC manager from 2004-2008. She is a Registered Professional Biologist and serves as Adjunct Professor in the UBC Applied Biology Program.
Supporting our talented staff is an equally dedicated volunteer crew. Consider joining our volunteer team!