Community is a big part of the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat and it’s why we love our volunteers so much. Without the help of each person that walks through our doors we wouldn’t be able to support the protection of polar bears across Canada. Volunteering is a great way to make yourself feel good while doing good! Not only that, you get to meet other people, help support conservation and protection efforts of polar bears and build a variety of skills through new experiences.

Please fill out and submit the Volunteer Application below for the opportunity to become a Polar Bear Habitat Volunteer. We always appreciate any time you can share to help us save polar bears! If you have any questions, please email

Want to make a difference?

Looking for an opportunity to be part of something meaningful while learning about wildlife conservation and getting valuable field experience?

You’ve knocked on the right door!

At the Habitat we believe that polar bears belong in the wild. However if they do need a hand, we are dedicated to giving them our very best, and you can be an integral part of our support team.


  • 2 weeks and longer

Starting dates

  • October 28
  • November 25
  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 2


  • US$1,800 for 2 weeks
  • US$2,700 for 4 weeks

Includes: food, accommodations, training, and cultural experiences
Does not include: flights, visa or travel insurance

Step 1: Read about our Expeditions

Download our brochure to learn more about the International Volunteer Programme. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Step 2: Apply

Fill in the form to let us know you are interested. There is no commitment on your part.

Step 3: We’ll contact you

We will let you know if there are any places available for your preferred Expedition dates. Once you’ve made a US$200 non-refundable deposit, we’ll give you a Volunteer Guide with all the specifics about your Expedition, including policies, procedures, and checklists.

Step 4: Join us!

Go through the checklists and forms that we provide, book your flights, pack your things. We look forward to welcoming you to an adventure of a lifetime.

Members of the Habitat receive a number of unique benefits:

  • Admission to the Habitat for a full 12 months,
  • Advance notice of special activities,
  • Pre-registration for special events,
  • Our biannual report containing exciting articles, stunning photographs and artwork, and in-depth expert analysis of the state of polar bears facing climate change, and
  • The knowledge that you are directly saving polar bears.

Buy your membership at the Habitat, or at our online shop.

Researchers seeking access to our datasets, academic libraries, news, and more, should contact us to get their login credentials. Registering as a researcher with us is also the first step for anyone seeking to work on location with our bears.