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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: Volunteer Ranger, Black Down Estate


IV: 26/10/2018

LOC: Haslemere, Surrey / Sussex Border

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses

FOR: National Trust

6 months / 1 year. We are looking for motivated people who want to develop their career in countryside management by broadening their practical skills and have a proven track record of leavers going on to a job in the field. Gain exp in working on a range of habitats, from woods to heaths and meadows, as well as working with our in hand herd of cattle and working on a well-established popular events programme. There will be opportunities to work with and lead groups of volunteers and working holidays as well as working on some fascinating sites and with some wonderful wildlife. Our volunteers have their own vegetable garden, chickens and beehives, and get opportunities to develop and hone their skills with support from our dedicated and professional team. Through this and their work on the wide range of tasks across our countryside estate they get a great intro to working life as a ranger. Appropriate training will be given on the job as well as tailored practical skills based formal training and quals such as chainsaw certification will be provided.  ASK: For further information and an application form please contact: jo-anne.buckrell@nationaltrust.org.uk 01428 652359.

JOB: Bird Identification Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Flexible

PAY: Some training & expenses


We get lots of emails usually with pictures of birds and wildlife from people who are asking what they have seen in their garden or out and about. The Supporter Services department of the RSPB is a front line customer service team and we aim to provide a prompt and knowledgeable answer to these queries. Our aim is to engage people in regards to Wildlife and this role would be key to us fulfilling this objective, by reaching as many people as we can and connecting them to nature. The skills you need: wildlife knowledge to sufficiently ID birds; able to work as part of team and independently; computer literate; able to use programmes such as Microsoft Outlook. Flexible - from one hour to one day a week - from one month to an ongoing basis. All year round. ASK: Contact: Emma Whiteway, emma.whiteway@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Field Assistant - Breeding of Grassland Birds

BE4: 30/10/18

LOC: Argentina

PAY: U$D 50 per week to cover food and daily expenses of project

FOR: Museo de La Plata

Volunteer opportunity to work as field assistant in a long-term study of breeding biology of various ground-nesting birds. There is also some work with other species under study (cavity & open nesters in the "Talares") in associated projects. Field work consists of nest searching, monitoring, census, banding, conducting behavioural observations & vegetation measurements. Volunteers will stay in a rustic field camp 25 km from the nearest town, inside a Biosphere Reserve (Parque Costero del Sur, Mab-Unesco). Applicants must get along well with others, be willing to work hard, & be self-motivated. Good physical condition & ability to make careful observations are preferred. Volunteers should bring their own tent & sleeping bag. They must provide their own airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina, & transportation from Buenos Aires to La Plata city. Time commitment 35 days. ASK: Send cover letter & CV to Marti¬n Colombo: martin.alejandro.colombo@gmail.com with the subject ‘Volunteer Opportunity 2018’. Further details will be provided by e-mail.

JOB: Animal Care - Birds

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Castle Espie

PAY: Training*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

What will you be doing? Assisting with the day-to-day management of waterfowl exhibits including exhibit maintenance and practical working; assisting the Aviculture team with animal management including feeding, health checks and species audits; assisting with the rearing of young birds and the breeding programme; assisting with tours of the duckery and Living Collections. One or two days per week. *Appropriate training provided, WWT uniform for regular volunteering, discount in shop and cafe on days of volunteering, free entry to all WWT Centres throughout the UK. Who are we looking for? Previous experience of animal husbandry is desirable but not essential. We are looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn, are able to work as part of a team or on their own. In order to carry out this role, you will need:  interest in gaining experience in animal keeping and conservation; ability to work independently or as part of a team; good communication skills. Driving licence would be an advantage. To be practical and physically able. You must be 18 years or over to carry-out this role. ASK: Please contact: sam.hodgkinson@wwt.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: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

4 days per month. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. 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 funding via the Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the group & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. Tasks include liaising with local trap hosts, trap placement, setting & maintenance, the humane dispatch of grey squirrels & record keeping.   This post would be ideal for someone looking to develop a career in conservation. Rel firearm licence & training preferred but not essential. Must have a full clean driving licence.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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: 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: Volunteer at Animal Rescue Centre

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Costa Rica

PAY: Accommodation*

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

3 weeks minimum. This project in Costa Rica is looking for like-minded animal lovers to help with animal care, gardening, walking the dogs, & many other tasks. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in a stunning location, surrounded by lush cloud forest, in close proximity to Arenal Volcano. *In exchange for their help volunteers receive free accommodation, 3 meals per day (vegan / vegetarian) & laundry service. This is good volunteer project for animal & nature lovers, vegans & vegetarians. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2zqpMaW

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.