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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 julia.colpus@nature.scot or volunteer@nature.scot

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: 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 Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Orsett, Essex

PAY: Invaluable experience

FOR: South Essex Wildlife Hospital

Anticipated time commitment minimum of 1 day a week. Duties include cleaning, feeding and health checking of wildlife casualties and orphans; general hospital cleaning; other tasks on a need to do basis. ASK: Contact Sue Schwar, 01375893893 info@southessexwildlife.org.uk

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: Bird Identification Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Flexible

PAY: Some training & expenses

FOR: RSPB

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: 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



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