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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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Salary: Volunteer Role - unpaid

Location of Meetings: Nower Wood, nr Leatherhead

We are looking for new Trustees with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to commit to leading the charity in conjunction with the Senior Management Team.

  • Closing Date: 30/06/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 30/05/2019

Volunteer Conservation Trainee

Location: Based at Low Barns, Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland DL14 OAG

Time commitment: 4 days p/w (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) plus one weekend day per month

Benefits: A bursary of £111/week is provided plus travel.

To support Living Landscapes Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves and planning and leading volunteer tasks.

  • Closing Date: 27/06/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 06/06/2019

JOB: Grounds and Living Collections

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Castle Espie

PAY: Training & discounts*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

At WWT we create & conserve wetlands & save species. We bring awe-inspiring nature up close & let it do the talking. Our aviculture team is responsible for the care, breeding & welfare of WWT’s collection birds & the rearing of the young. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the Aviculture team. This is a great opportunity to work directly with the birds & gain valuable experience in animal keeping & conservation. Uniform & training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, & discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. We are looking for volunteers that can do 1-2 days a week, but this role can also be offered as placement 4 / 5 days a week. ASK: For more information & to apply, visit: https://c-js.co.uk/30sqKxu

JOB: Wildlife Survey Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Eglinton Country Park and other sites around North Ayrshire

PAY: Training

FOR: North Ayrshire Ranger Service

1 day a week or month depending on survey. North Ayrshire Ranger Service requires your help to build a picture of the wildlife within Eglinton Country Park and surrounding North Ayrshire sites.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert surveyor there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.   Report what you see whilst out walking or take part in a regular survey. Lots of support and training available.   1 day a week or month depending on survey ASK: Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service on 01294 551776 or email eglintoncountrypark@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

JOB: Mammal Support

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: Uniform and training

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 - 3 days per week. In this role you will help to look after our North American River Otters and Back from the Brink exhibits and engage the public in understanding more about these creatures and the conservation threats they face. Duties may include some or all of the following: helping to prepare the otter and Back from the Brink areas for opening at the beginning of each day; checking exhibits, cleaning windows and public area ensuring all are correct and safe before the visitors arrive; food preparation and feeding of off show animals and on show exhibits; cleaning and maintaining of all animal areas. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2QzANwr

JOB: Bird Training Support

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: Uniform and training

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 - 3 days per week. In this role you will be assisting the presentations team in all aspects of caring for the birds that are destined for the Slimbridge 2020 Living Wetland Theatre. This role would be an ideal placement for someone studying animal care / behaviour who is looking to gain hands-on experience. Duties may include: assisting with the daily cleaning of theatre birds; maintenance of pens and surrounding areas; feeding of theatre birds. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2Xgin6p

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteer Internship - RSPB Blean Woods

BE4: 7/7/19

IV: 16/7/19

LOC: Blean Woods & Seasalter Levels, Whitstable, Kent

PAY: Travel expenses,*training & PPE


Part-time non-residential internship - 3 days p/w for 6 months starting mid-August. We are looking for 3 enthusiastic and dedicated interns to join the Swale reserves team for the winter season. We manage two SSSI nature reserves - Blean Woods; a semi-natural ancient woodland site on the outskirts of Canterbury, and Seasalter Levels; a grazing marsh site to the west of Whitstable. You will gain experience of practical habitat management across both these sites as well as ecological surveying, leading volunteer work parties, invasive species control, livestock handling and infrastructure maintenance. You will have a dedicated mentor to guide your personal development throughout the internship and skills training will be provided. This role is perfect for someone who is looking to start a career in conservation. 18+, IT literate, driving licence essential. *Travel expenses reimbursed within a 25 mile radius of the reserve. ASK: Further information: https://c-js.co.uk/2ML3dkL

JOB: Internships x 2

BE4: 30/6/19 6pm

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park is set in 30 acres of woodland & is home to over 500 exotic wild animals, offering a full programme of daily animal shows & events. We are recruiting 2 x voluntary internships for a period of 6 months working on either our Paddocks & Farmyard or Reptile Sections. The main role will be to assist the keeping team in their daily tasks in order for you to: gain exp within an animal keeping department, gain training & further knowledge of a selection of species, & apply own personal skills & improve upon them. Essential: 18+ years old; animal science related qual; animal-related work exp; good communication skills; flexible working hours; physically fit; able to work in a team & independently; reliable & trustworthy. ASK: Please send CV & covering letter to Jessie Boylan, Animal Park Manager (Curator), curator@pwpark.com stating ‘Internship Application’ in the subject line & when you would be available to begin.

JOB: Little Tern Warden

BE4: June 2019

LOC: South Swale Nature Reserve, Seasalter Road, Faversham, Kent CT5 4BP

PAY: Training will be provided on wildlife identification. Reasonable Travel expenses will be reimbersed

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We need your help to help the little terns successfully breed. You can do this by talking to the public about little terns and encouraging them not to walk on Castle Coote where they breed. Informing the public about the reserve and monitoring the colony of rare birds as well as other birds and wildlife found there. If you love being outdoors and keeping active, this role is for you. You will be monitoring a small group of little terns and other sea birds found on the reserve. Engaging with members of the public about the reserve and how to enjoy it without disturbing the little terns. Ideally it would be once a week throughout May, June and July with bookable shift patterns. ASK: To Apply: 01622 662012 volunteering@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway’s red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale, Gatehouse, Glenkens, Kirkcudbright, Lower-Nithsdale, Mid-Nithsdale, & the Solway Forests. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the network & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. What we are looking for is someone with availability over a period of time, able to offer 4 days per month & enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels.  ASK: For further information & to download application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Please send completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scottish Borders

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Scottish Borders red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Berwickshire, Teviot & Rule, Upper Tweed Valley & the surrounding areas. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the networks & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. ASK: Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Jaguar Care & Maintenance

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Argentina

PAY: Free accommodation and food

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

3 months min. This wildlife reintroduction project is looking for volunteers to help take care of jaguars at a breeding centre and maintain the facilities. This is a good opportunity to work in a remote and natural setting with an endangered species. The project provides free accommodation and food. ASK: Further information on the VLA website: www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

JOB: Residential Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset

PAY: Accom. Incl Meals & Training

FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. We teach volunteers basic animal care, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. Experience not essential as we can teach you. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved.   ASK: Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

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 café, gardening & help in the day to day running of the sanctuary. No quals or experience required, just a willingness to be involved. ASK: More details from Antony Williams will@wildfutures.org

JOB: Primate Care volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Looe, Cornwall, UK

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: Wild Futures

We host up to 10 volunteers at a time, all year round, in shared accommodation. Short-term placements run from 2-8 weeks & long-term for up to 3 months. No special quals are needed, we just ask for volunteers to be enthusiastic & hard-working with a general concern for animals & the environment. You need to be over 18 & have a good working knowledge of the English language. Although volunteers do not work directly with the monkeys (hand off policy), they do help make sure that things run smoothly.  Volunteers help to clean the enclosures, prepare the monkey’s food, create enrichment items & take part in workshops hosted by the staff about species, diet, medication & much more. Volunteers need to be hard working, have initiative & enthusiasm for the tasks asked. A lot of the role is cleaning so please ensure you are committed before applying.  ASK: Please contact: volunteer@wildfutures.org

JOB: Wildlife Care Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sidlesham, West Sussex

PAY: Training

FOR: Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital

Animal husbandry, incl feeding, cleaning and provide care to wildlife patients. Assisting staff with other tasks inside the hospital as required. At least once a week. ASK: Further information: 01243 641672 enquiries@brentlodge.org

JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX

PAY: Accommodation / training provided

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Min one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email Linda Simpson on volunteer@nature.scot

JOB: Volunteer Stock Watcher at Warburg Reserve, Oxfordshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Warburg reserve, near Henley, Oxfordshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Once a week, or more if you can make it! Exact times can be flexible to fit around your life. At BBOWT, our cows, sheep and ponies are an essential part of our conservation team. They munch their way through invasive scrub and churn up the soil so it makes varied habitat mosaics at a tiny level for nature to inhabit. Their welfare is crucially important so we need to look after this team of intrepid animals whatever the weather. If you are reasonably fit, like being outdoors and are able to make a regular commitment, you can help us with our daily checks to ensure the animals are healthy, watered and well-fed. No prior knowledge needed! We will provide you with appropriate training and information. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: Find out more about how you can become one of our volunteer stock watchers at Warburg from our Warden, Kelly Hedges by emailing kellyhedges@bbowt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Primate Research Assistant

BE4: Dates throughout the year

LOC: Lajuma Reserve, Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa

PAY: Training

FOR: Primate and Predator Project

Minimum of 6 months. The majority of your time will involve working with samango and vervet monkeys. You will spend lots of time out in the field, alongside an experienced and passionate team of field biologists, and it’s likely that you’ll be involved in tasks such as: behavioural observations of habituated primates through full day follows and collection of standardized behavioural and demographic data from our study troops; experimental titrations of predation risk based on giving-up densities or predator detection experiments using predator models; habituation of new groups, sometimes tracking via VHF receivers to maintain contact; phenological transects and vegetation plots to estimate primate food availability; general data entry; assisting PhD students based at PPP with their data collection as required. We are looking for someone who is passionate, reliable, responsible, self motivated and enjoys working as part of a team. A biology / zoology / ecology background would be preferential. ASK: Email: primate.predator@durham.ac.uk

JOB: Animal Husbandry Internship

BE4: ?

LOC: Costa Rica, Central America

PAY: The intern receives free accommodation and meals

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

This project is looking for long-term interns to help with the daily feeding and care of many animals, including sloths and macaws. Duties range from providing enrichment for the animals to training new volunteers. Interns are provided with a unique experience and will gain an in-depth understanding of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work. Interns work 5 days per week from 7am to 3pm. Students seeking to earn credit with their university are welcome. ASK: A full project description is provided on the Volunteer Abroad section of our website, including contact details and web address. www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

JOB: Wildlife Care Assistant

BE4: N/A

LOC: Highbridge, Somerset

PAY: Training provided

FOR: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

A minimum of one shift every other week for a period of six months – permanent. We specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wild creatures. Run entirely on donations we run a wildlife rescue service in the South West of England. Each year, over 5,000 wild animals are helped by Secret World. Volunteering as a wildlife care assistant is quite physically demanding and requires working indoors and outdoors. It also requires a reasonable level of admin skill to accurately understand and complete animal casualty records. Ideally be able to work independently, with initiative, and be able to follow written and verbal instructions. Tasks involve the handling and capture of animals for assessment and transport, cleaning enclosures to a good hygienic standard, preparation and delivery of food and water, providing enrichment and monitoring the condition and behaviour of the animals. ASK: For further information please visit https://www.secretworld.org/volunteer or contact Claire on 01278 768704 volunteer@secretworld.org

JOB: Hounslow Heath Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Hounslow, Middlesex

PAY: Local tool box talk training

FOR: Lampton Greenspace 360

1 day per week min. Various volunteer roles available including work with grazing herds (cattle / goats / sheep), survey work (adders / birds / butterfly / moth), and practical habitat management across a number of countryside sites within Hounslow. ASK: Contact the Rangers at countryside@hounslow.gov.uk

JOB: Primate Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Looe, Cornwall

PAY: Travel, food and accommodation*

FOR: Wild Futures

The charity rescues and rehabilitates monkeys from the UK pet trade. Volunteers will learn how to prepare food for the monkeys, clean enclosures and create enrichment items. Other work includes gardening, painting or cleaning. Volunteers will receive talks, presentations and workshops by staff on primate species, legislation and campaign work, medication and diet, anatomy, and how to catch primates for vet visits. You must be physically fit and able as the work, and the working environment are hard. The location is a little remote, so you must be able to cope without all the amenities of a town or city and you will be living in a communal household with other volunteers and staff. Placements range from 2, 4 and 8 weeks and we are really in need of volunteers especially for the end for the end of April, May and June. We do have placements all year round. We cannot accept volunteers who have VISA requirements. *Some funded opportunities for UK residents and non-UK residents (EU only). You will receive about £160 a month as pocket money. If you are not eligible we have non-funded placements too, however we do ask for a £40 a week contribution for food and accommodation costs. ASK: Please email hayley_oliver@wildfutures.org for more information.

JOB: Primate Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Looe, Cornwall, UK

PAY: Travel, food & accommodation*

FOR: Wild Futures

You will assist in all parts of work at Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary. There will be general maintenance work of the site. You will also receive education talks by staff members on each species, the organisation, darting, medication, anatomy etc. Assisting at the café & children’s workshop will add variety to the volunteer’s day & ensure they interact with the general visiting public during opening hours (weekends, & half- term / summer holidays). The work at the Sanctuary is hard & physically demanding so volunteers must be fit & able. Min 2 week commitment. *Some funded opportunities for UK residents & non-UK residents (EU only). Travel, food & accommodation are free, you will also receive about £160 a month as pocket money. If you are not eligible for the funded placements we have non-funded placements too, however we ask for a £40 a week contribution for food & accommodation. ASK: More information: Hayley Oliver, hayley_oliver@wildfutures.org

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.