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Wildlife Work and Animal Care vacancies: wildlife projects dealing with one specific species, working with animals such as wildlife hospital workers. also animal handling e.g. zoos and aviculture.


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JOB: Species Protection Volunteer x 2

BE4: 2/2/18

IV: 02/02/2018

LOC: Dunkeld, Perthshire

PAY: Accomodation

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

A great chance to observe and help protect an iconic species.  Live on site and help our staff monitor nesting ospreys 24/7 using nest cameras.  Liaise with other volunteers and public.  Also monitor beavers through camera footage.  Free on site accommodation provided.  You should be available for duration of osprey season mid-March to June.  Hours could be full time and could involve unsociable working. You will be required to live & work with fellow staff & volunteers during the season.  ASK: Please see volunteer page on Scottish Wildlife Trust website or direct link http://c-js.co.uk/2CKGtA3

JOB: SWT Ipswich Hedgehog Project: Internship Position 2018

BE4: 5/2/18

IV: 05/02/2018

LOC: Ipswich

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is looking for an enthusiastic voluntary intern to join our Ipswich Hedgehog Project. The intern will assist with a specific research project aiming to estimate hedgehog population density at our second study site in Ipswich, which is part of a larger study being run by Nottingham Trent University. You will gain skills in science communication, the use of camera traps for scientific study and a range of hedgehog survey techniques. There may also be the opportunity to assist with public engagement and educational events. We are looking for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, for a three -month period. We are looking for an individual with a positive, friendly attitude and excellent communication skills. This position would be suitable for someone looking to gain experience in the conservation sector, or for someone with a genuine interest in wildlife research and conservation. ASK: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/jobs/swt-ipswich-hedgehog-project-internship-position-2018 Please send your CV and covering letter to Ali North, Ipswich Hedgehog Officer ali.north@suffolkwildlifetrust.org, detailing your availability, experience and why you would like to join our project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

JOB: Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Cornwall

PAY: Training

FOR: Wild Futures the Monkey Sanctuary

Minimum stay is two weeks & maximum three months. Help clean the monkey enclosures, prepare their food & enrichment. Help with children's workshops & in the cafe. gardening & help in the day to day running of the sanctuary. No quals or experience required, just a willingness to be involved. ASK: Antony Williams will@wildfutures.org

JOB: Volunteer at Wildlife Sanctuary

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Costa Rica

PAY: Accomm & other benefits

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

1 month min. The sanctuary is looking for volunteer help year round with animal care, construction & gardening work. Volunteer activities range from daily leaf collection for howler monkeys to planting saplings. Caring, positive attitude & cheery. ASK: http://www.volunteerlatinamerica.com/ info@volunteerlatinamerica.com

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteer Seabird Research Bempton Cliffs

BE4: 16/2/18

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: Free accommodation and training where appropriate

FOR: RSPB

Bempton Cliffs is at the heart of England's largest mainland seabird colony. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed residential volunteer to help deliver a comprehensive programme of seabird monitoring and research at this internationally important site.  You will monitor species from gannets to guillemots, recording productivity and colony size. You will become a full member of the team and contribute to vital research to save our threatened seabirds. Gain exp in survey techniques, data management and analysis, contribute to the annual monitoring report and see an RSPB reserve is run. This role requires enthusiasm and dedication as you'll be required to complete the full 16 weeks.  You'll be happy working as part of a team or spending hours alone monitoring on the cliffs. You'll be able to tell kittiwakes from herring gulls, and be happy engaging with visitors.  A full driving licence is essential and the ability to work outside in all weathers.  Time Commitment: 16 weeks from mid April - mid July 2018. ASK: www.rspb.org.uk/residential/volunteering

JOB: Skomer Island Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 26/01/18

IV: 26/01/2018

LOC: Skomer Island NNR, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Accommodation, boat transport & rel training

FOR: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Four placements available, two running from 01/04/18 until 15/07/18 & two running from 15/07/18 until 30/09/18. Successful candidates will assist in welcoming visitors to the island, conducting species monitoring, maintaining visitor accommodation, leading educational activities, maintenance work & other tasks where necessary. They will have a love & enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation, a hardy nature, & be willing to work in all weathers with unsociable hours in remote locations. They will also have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit & happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2BunV2y or Leighton Newman on skomer.vo@welshwildlife.org

JOB: Skomer Island Seabird Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: 26/1/18

IV: 26/01/2018

LOC: Skomer Island NNR, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Accommodation, boat transport & rel training

FOR: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

One placement running from 25/05/18 until 30/06/18. The seabird monitoring volunteer will be responsible for helping to conduct Manx Shearwater plot counts & assisting with whole island seabird population counts from land & boat. They will also help out with Gull nest counts & monitoring amongst other tasks where necessary. The applicant will be willing to work long hours in a small boat in potentially uncomfortable sea states, have a hardy nature & happy to work in all weathers. They will also have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit & happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2BunV2y or Leighton Newman on skomer.vo@welshwildlife.org

JOB: Volunteer Primate Research Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Limpopo, South Africa

PAY: 0

FOR: Primate and Predator Project, Durham University

Mainly working with samangos & vervets, you will spend lots of time out in the field alongside experienced & passionate field biologists. Tasks incl: behavioural observations of habituated primates; experimental titrations of predation risk; habituation of new groups; monitoring of primate groups via GPS collars; phenological transects & vegetation plots to estimate primate food availability; general data entry; assisting PhD students based at PPP with their data collection. Min 6 months, preferably 12 months or more. ASK: CV & covering letter explaining why you are interested in working at Lajuma, outlining your rel exp or transferable skills & incl contact details for two referees to primate.predator@durham.ac.uk. Applications welcome year round, with up to six vacancies available per year.

JOB: Volunteer Predator Research Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Limpopo, South Africa

PAY: 0

FOR: Primate and Predator Project, Durham University

Work alongside experienced field biologists you will be involved in the following tasks: hiking to check camera traps; sorting & tagging species from camera images; assisting analysis of leopard & brown hyaena scats; tracking collared leopards; general data entry & analysis & preparation of reports & papers for publication; assist with primate research & help with supporting Earthwatch teams as part of the project. The activities will vary depending on our recent requirements at the time. Please get in touch if you have specific interests in particular techniques or aspects of our research. Min 6 months, preferably 12 months or more. ASK: CV & covering letter explaining why you are interested in working at Lajuma, outlining your rel exp or transferable skills & incl contact details for two referees to primate.predator@durham.ac.uk. Applications welcome year round, with up to six vacancies available per year.

JOB: Help Fight Corruption & Wildlife Crime

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sub-Saharan Africa

PAY: No volunteer fees, training provided

FOR: Volunteer 4 Africa

This project is looking for activists who want to be at the forefront of the fight against wildlife crime by tackling corruption & the lack of justice within society. Participants will be given training & tools to pursue the activism path, initially in wildlife related issues & later as they choose. Get involved in the fight against wildlife crime & corruption in 9 African countries. There is no cost to participate but applicants are responsible for covering their own living expenses. Time: 2 months minimum ASK: info@volunteer4africa.org http://www.volunteer4africa.org

JOB: Green Shoots Volunteer

BE4: 31/03/2018

LOC: Wales

PAY: Training

FOR: The British Association For Shooting & Conservation

We have a number of conservation projects in Wales as a result of our Green Shoots programme. A Green Shoots Project area is the control of invasive non-native species: mink control to benefit native water voles & other species, & grey squirrel control to benefit native red squirrels in key areas. We are seeking volunteers to assist with mink & grey squirrel control & can offer training, loan rafts & traps. ASK: Register your interest at http://c-js.co.uk/2xSpVhV Sarah Pinnell, Green Shoots Wales Officer, BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL sarah.pinnell@basc.org.uk

JOB: Bush Camp Volunteering In National Park

BE4: ?

LOC: Lusaka, Zambia

PAY: Accommodation / meals

FOR: Volunteer4Africa

This bush camp & campsite is located in a relatively undiscovered part of a large national park. The project is looking for volunteers to help with construction work & general camp activities. The game viewing in the park is good with all large cats present & a large number of antelope species. There are no fences in the park so the camp is open to wildlife. Free-time activities include boating, fishing, relaxing, visiting the city of Lusaka or going farther afield (e.g. Victoria Falls). Interest in wildlife & environmental protection. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2sTlMbX

JOB: Seal Watch Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ravenscar, Yorkshire Coast

PAY: In house training

FOR: National Trust

4 hours a day, once a week. At Ravenscar there is a grey seal colony which is visited by members of the public & has up to 300 seals. You will engage with visitors informing them about the seals & how to behave around them. Training will be given. You will also be required to monitor the seals by counting numbers on a regular basis.  Outdoorsy, whatever the weather's doing; reasonably fit & healthy - you don’t need to be Bear Grylls but you will need to be fit to walk up the cliff; keen to work with people & animals; passionate about Ravenscar & seals. ASK: yorkshirecoast@nationaltrust.org.uk 01723 870423.

Volunteer Trainee – Guardians of the Deep Trainee

Salary Range:   This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector? We are looking for someone to help us in the delivery of an exciting new marine awareness-raising project, whilst gaining experience in our Conservation, Policy & Evidence team.


  • Closing Date: 26/01/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 05/01/2018



Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.