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Wildlife Work and Animal Care

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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: Marine Biology Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: St Abbs

PAY: Travel expenses from reasonable distance, training

FOR: St Abbs Marine Station

We are looking for medium term volunteers available for 1-3 months, minimum 3 days a week, hours between 9am - 5pm. St Abbs Marine Station is currently accepting applications for volunteers to work in our research aquarium & laboratory for our busy spring & summer periods. We are seeking individuals who are interested in gaining or adding to existing practical experience of working in a marine research facility. Primary duties will be animal husbandry & general aquarium maintenance & upkeep. There will also be opportunities to aid & develop research projects, work in invertebrate larval rearing, carry out fieldwork, sample collection & analysis, & help with public outreach activities. Training will be provided as necessary. ASK: Please send your CV (2 page maximum) & a short covering letter describing why you are interested in this position, & how it will help you meet your long-term goals to hello@marinestation.co.uk

JOB: Jaguar Care & Maintenance

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Argentina

PAY: Free accommodation and food

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

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

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: Animal Care Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Leatherhead, Surrey

PAY: 0

FOR: Wildlife Aid Foundation

Time: Volunteers opt for a regular shift, which they attend every week at the same time. Weekend shifts can be weekly or fortnightly. Animal care: cleaning and feeding of animals at the centre. Setting up pens and cages for new admissions. Restocking food supplies for all areas of the hospital and advising of any shortages. Helping to move animals from one area to another as they progress with their rehabilitation. Being available to help veterinary staff with jobs. ASK: . Please visit the website https://www.wildlifeaid.org.uk/become-volunteer/

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: More details from Antony Williams will@wildfutures.org

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. Join different lessons on the farm, such as hands on farming, survival in the wild & river dipping, in order to get an overview of the outdoor education programme. 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: Reserves Volunteer - Predator Monitoring

BE4: 30/7/18

LOC: Castle Espie Wetlands Centre, Comber, Co Down, NI

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 or 2 days per week. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site. Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. Training opportunities will be provided. Survey and monitoring of predators on the reserve using a variety of techniques, not limited to field signs and trail cameras. Associated projects: Peninsula field management, additional bird counts and recording of disturbance events. Bird, wildlife and plant ID skills (particularly mammal tracks and signs). You require: observational skills; data gathering and analysis experience; mapping (ability in GIS desirable); reporting; attention to detail; basic computer and remote monitoring device skills; no formal qualifications are required. However this role would suit you if you have formal or informal experience or understanding of conservation. You must be practical and physically able. You must be able to work as part of a team of staff and volunteers. You will be proactive and able to work with minimum supervision under the direction of the reserves warden. You must be keen to support the work of WWT. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2q78bh4

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

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Mid-Nithsdale Red Squirrel Network to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Nith Valley. 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, and volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the group and the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff and partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. What we are looking for someone with availability over a period of time, able to offer 4 days per month and enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels. ASK: For further information and to download application form visit http://c-js.co.uk/2FOy7F5. Please send completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Farm officer/ Tutor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Water Orton, North Warwickshire

PAY: Accommodation and training, possible voluntary job share, possible livery.

FOR: Hillcrescent Farm

4.5 hours / day, farm duties 7 days a week. You will lead small groups of vulnerable people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and autism, in a range of animal related activities based on our educational farm. These include horse care, agricultural animals, conservation and small animal care. Outside of the tutor role you will also manage the small farm, its animals and facilities. Teaching experience would be favourable along with animal related husbandry and passion for working with vulnerable people is essential. Training and support will be provided. Long term commitment is also desired. DBS essential. We hope this role would give excellent teaching experience, experience working with a range of learner groups in the outdoor / farm class room and help the right candidate pursue a teaching career, animal/outdoor related discipline and give a good grounding with working with SEN individuals. Possible voluntary job share for a dynamic duo! Possible livery for own horse during post.  ASK: Please contact Katie or Stuart via hillcrescentfarm@hotmail.co.uk www.hillcrescentdayfarm.co.uk

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

JOB: Large Blue Butterfly Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 22/4/18

IV: 22/04/2018

LOC: Collard Hill, Somerset

PAY: Accommodation / subsistence costs

FOR: National Trust

We are offering a great opportunity to be the lead person responsible for visitor management and biological recording during the busy flight season of the rare Large Blue butterfly. The role will ensure that visitors to Collard Hill have a safe but enjoyable time, and that the butterfly is protected. You will also be responsible for conducting important research into the butterfly’s population and distribution as well as the visitor experience and for summarising findings in an end of season report. Collard Hill is the only UK open access site to see this rare butterfly & attracts hundreds of enthusiasts from right across the country. This high profile role offers a unique chance to work with some of the country’s leading butterfly experts. You will provide a friendly welcome to all visitors offering information and guidance, orientation; questions about the location of butterflies in flight and their ecology. Start date of 5th June until 15th July volunteering for five days a week. ASK: For more information or apply please email thomas.matchet@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Bird Ringing Camp Volunteer

BE4: 5/5/18

LOC: Poland, Baltic Coast

PAY: High quality vocational training confirmed by Certificate of Participation

FOR: Wild Areas Network

You have an opportunity to support one of the oldest bird ringing schemes in the World - the Operation Baltic. You will help to handle the birds, identify and ring them as well as in measuring, weighting and data entry tasks. You will get to know and identify every caught species by direct contact. The camp duration is 6 days. It will be an international, hands-on experience for Bird Ringers, Birdwatchers and Nature Lovers in general, but we welcome persons from all walks of life. You don't have to know birds well - the tasks will be tailored to your abilities and field training will be provided on site. ASK: For application and further inquiries contact Joanna: wildareas@gmail.com You will receive a detailed Infosheet and an application form.

JOB: Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve Volunteers

BE4: 21/8/18

LOC: Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accommodation / training

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Make new friends, improve your CV and have a great time volunteering at Creag Meagaidh NNR. Come for just a day a month or come to stay for up to six months, you should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills and a moderate level of fitness would be an advantage You will help with a variety of estate work including: working with our farm stock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, tree removal; species and habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to and helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. Check out the youtube link to see what a previous volunteer says http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. ASK: For further information please contact Julia Colpus 01397 715320, julia.colpus@snh.gov.uk http://c-js.co.uk/1CYKGYs

JOB: Little Tern Volunteer - East Norfolk

BE4: 28/04/2018

LOC: Winterton on Sea, East Norfolk

PAY: training & travel expenses

FOR: RSPB

The Little Tern is one of the UK's rarest breeding seabirds and has suffered chronic declines over the past 25 years. While populations have stabilised around the UK thanks to protection projects, they are under more pressure now than ever before due to increased beach use, climate change, habitat loss and predation. Norfolk is a stronghold for Little terns, holding 30% of the UK's breeding population during the summer months, and the numbers in the East Norfolk area make up one of the largest and most important colonies in the UK. We need your help to continue to protect this iconic species. Take part in surveys and predator monitoring, man the watch point and raise awareness with the visiting public about the importance of the project and what they can do to help prevent disturbance to the nests and chicks. Minimum half a day per week/ one day per fortnight throughout the summer season (May to September). (The RSPB is flexible to booked holidays) ASK: Daniel Hercock, Berney Marshes and Breydon Water, Ashtree Farm, Burgh Castle Marina, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 9PZ 07525 992194 norfolklittleterns@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Equine Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Wambrook, near Chard, Somerset

PAY: Training

FOR: Ferne Animal Sanctuary

We are looking for an over 18 year old, who would like to improve their fitness this new year helping with mucking out, filling hay nets, keeping the barn and yard tidy? You would need to be prepared to come in in the morning from 9am for 2-3 hours, on Tues, Weds or Thurs. The horses are out for a lot of the day but when the weather improves there will be the opportunity for spending some quality time with some of them, grooming etc.  We are looking for someone who has a love of equines in particular; exp of caring for equines essential; the ability to work alone under instruction and as a team; good communication skills; enthusiasm for animal welfare. All volunteers of the sanctuary will be given an induction to familiarise them with the Sanctuary. Specific instruction will be given in regards to Equine care at Ferne Animal Sanctuary. ASK: Please contact Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214 and ask to speak to Gem or Helen our Volunteer Coordinators, to find out more or to get an application form. Alternatively you can email us on: volunteering@ferneanimalsanctuary.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



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