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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: 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: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 7/8/18

IV: 07/08/2018

LOC: Dawlish Warren NNR, South Devon

PAY: 1700 training allowance & travel expenses

FOR: Teignbridge District Council

3 to 4 days per week for 6 months with possible extension to 9 months. The Reserve is famous for its extraordinary mix of internationally important wildlife, it is also a high profile resort with a fabulous landscape. Working with our countryside rangers, your role will be largely practical, with the management of the National Nature Reserve & its key species & habitats, but you will also be involved in delivering environmental education to schools & universities, assisting the public on this busy site, as well as bird protection & monitoring work. You will gain experience in working with ponies used for conservation grazing. Knowledge & experience of countryside management & / or nature conservation is highly desirable. You will ideally have a relevant qualification in conservation, wildlife or countryside management but this is not essential. Keen interest in countryside management, wildlife & people with ability to engage with a variety of interest groups & visitors essential, along with a full driving licence. ASK: Chat: Philip Chambers, 01626 863980. Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2tXxZ1S

JOB: Wildlife Support Officer

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Responsibilities: collecting sick or injured marine life to relay to veterinary clinics/rehabilitation centres; liaising with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on behalf of Coast Care. Existing skills & Experience needed: commitment to working outdoors in all weathers; access to own car for transportation; effective communication skills. Skills development offered: training in risk assessment, health & safety and first aid; opportunity to assist with marine conservation; specialist animal handling and training; training in identification and animal health assessments; opportunity to attend volunteer networking days hosted by Coast Care and partners; opportunity to build experience for career development. Volunteers will be contacted when required to fulfil this role. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: Bird Ringing Camp Volunteer

BE4: 18/10/18

LOC: Poland

PAY: Certified high quality vocational training

FOR: Wild Areas Network

Volunteers welcome on a bird ringing camp on the wild Polish Baltic Coast. You have an opportunity to support one of the oldest bird ringing schemes of the World - Operation Baltic. You will help to handle caught birds, identify and ring them as well as with measuring and data entry tasks. You will get to know and distinguish every caught species by direct contact! It will be an international, hands-on experience for Bird Ringers, Birdwatchers and Nature Lovers. 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: To apply: send an email to Joanna at wildareas@gmail.com and introduce yourself in few words, explaining why we should choose you as a participant. You will receive the infosheet and application form. More information: www.wildareas.net and FB: www.facebook.com/wildareas

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: Conservation - Breeding Unit Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Slimbridge HQ, Gloucestershire, GL2

PAY: Training / uniform / discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

You will assist with aspects of vegetation management & building maintenance (e.g. applying timber treatments to wooden buildings) to ensure the safety of birds in conservation breeding programmes. Normally one day per week, hours to be agreed probably a Tuesday. To maintain the Conservation Breeding Unit facilities, you will assist us to keep bird enclosures & boundary fence-lines clear of vegetation by: push-mower grass cutting willow-coppicing blackthorn / bramble brush clearance using pruners or brushcutters (minimal); hand weeding (e.g. thistles) inside bird enclosures. Assist us to keep enclosures & buildings safe for birds by: repairing fences; applying timber treatments to wooden buildings. Hand clean plastic & fibreglass ponds & rearing tanks, from time to time using a power washer to do this & to clean artificial substrates such as rubber or cloth mats; conducting basic DIY & cleaning of store rooms. ASK: Contact Amy Hannan, 07584171420 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Volunteer Farm Officer / Tutor

Hillcrescent Farm

Location: Water Orton, North Warwickshire

Full time - live in post - Contact time 4.5 hours/day, farm duties 7 days a week

The role will require the farm officer/tutor to 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. 


  • Closing Date: 05/08/2018
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 09/07/2018

Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve Volunteer Placement

Duration: Six months from September 2018, up to 5 days per week.

We are looking for someone keen to enter a career in conservation based education and/or practical conservation management to join our team at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve for six months from September 2018


  • Closing Date: 15/08/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 17/07/2018


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.