Voluntary Opportunities: Wildlife Work and Animal Care

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Wildlife Work and Animal Care voluntary roles: 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: Student Internships
BE4: 31-12-2020
LOC: Jersey Zoo
PAY: Free lunch
FOR: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is delighted to be able to offer a number of training Internships at Jersey Zoo, which are designed primarily for university-level or early career conservationists wishing to develop their practical ''hands on' skills. There are opportunities to develop your skills across a variety of departments in the Zoo including the mammal, bird, herpetology, education and Fundraising and Communication departments. Research opportunities exist for those looking to complete projects and dissertations. All interns will also benefit from monthly lectures given by expert staff from different parts of the organisation. Placements are available between July 2021 and August 2022. There is a minimum requirement of 2 months and a maximum of 1 year. To apply send a covering letter and CV to To find out more go to

JOB: Livestock Checker - Northern Reserves
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Pickering
PAY: 0
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

With over 100 nature reserves to manage, we need some help from our four-legged friends - that's why sheep, cattle and ponies can often be seen at our reserves. They help to keep vegetation in check to form part of our traditional land management techniques. With many animals to watch over, we need volunteers to help us and be on rota to keep an eye on our livestock at some of our reserves in North Yorkshire but mainly at Low Carr Farm, near Pickering.  Time commitment about an hour per week. If you'd like to find out more about this baa-rilliant opportunity please email or call 01904 659570 for a role description and application form.

JOB: Animal Care Placement - Living Collections Assistant
BE4: 23-10-2020
IV: --
LOC: WWT Castle Espie, County Down, NI
PAY: On site training and online training. Unfortunately, no expenses
FOR: The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

We are looking to recruit volunteers for a 6 to 12 month period for 4 / 5 days a week. These placements will help the Living Collections team. *Unfortunately, no expenses paid. These are great opportunities for people looking to gain or build animal care experience, or willing to get stuck in to outdoor work with animals. We are involved in maintaining and developing exhibits within the site at Castle Espie in order to enhance the visitor experience. This involves caring for our large collection of rare and endangered species of waterfowl from around the world. 4-5 days per week 9.00am – 4.00/5.00pm from September 2021. Seasonal with a commitment to a minimum of a 6 month period in order to get the most benefit from your placement. Duties include: daily feed preparation, routines and creating animal enrichment; cleaning animal rearing facilities, equipment, ponds and exhibits and ensuring they are in good repair; undertaking animal census and recording of daily routines; conducting public feed alongside occasional guided tours/ daily visitor engagement. Please contact Amy Hannan, 07584171420.