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: 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. Experience and interest in horticulture is essential and we hope that you have a passion for and experience in looking after animals. We will teach some animal care skills, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. 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. Contact to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: UK Bat Care Network Volunteers
BE4: N / A
LOC: S Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands & Wales
FOR: Bat Conservation Trust

Calling all bat lovers in South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands and Wales! The Bat Conservation Trust’s UK Bat Care Network has a critical shortage of volunteers to refer callers who find grounded and injured bats to in your areas. Volunteers on our Network save at least 1,500 bats a year and help turn over 60% of negative bat finders into fellow bat lovers. Volunteers from elsewhere in the UK are welcome too! To find out how to get involved in bat care and the benefits of joining the Network, please visit

JOB: Animal Husbandry Internship
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Costa Rica
PAY: Free accommodation and meals
FOR: Volunteer Latin America

Full time for 6 months. Interns are provided with a unique experience and will gain an in-depth understanding of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work. Volunteers are responsible for covering their airfare and other travel expenses (e.g. insurance). Find out more at

JOB: Community Farm Volunteer
BE4: 01-10-2021
IV: --
LOC: Bidston, Wirral CH43 7PH
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm

Tam O’Shanter Farm is a fantastic free educational resource for members of the local community. Here at the farm we have lots of different animals including sheep, hens and even alpacas! In addition to the animals there are vegetable patches, wildlife areas, play areas and events all of which need a helping hand from passionate people like you! If you choose to volunteer with us, you might find yourself planting bulbs or mucking out the ponies, greeting people in our kiosk or painting the fences alongside many other aspects involved in running a community farm. You’ll gain a variety of different skills in customer experience, animal husbandry, conservation and practical skills. Join our current volunteers to help make the farm a wonderful place for all to enjoy. Regular ongoing training, travel expenses & refreshments provided. Time commitment at least 1 day a week. Please contact

JOB: Bird Ringing Camp Volunteer
BE4: 25-08-2021
IV: --
LOC: Baltic Coast, Poland
PAY: High-quality certified vocational training
FOR: Wild Areas Network

Volunteers welcome on bird ringing camps on Baltic Coast in Autumn 2021. 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, weighting and data entry tasks. You will get to know and distinguish every caught species by direct contact! We will stay in the heart of a well-known landscape park and sleep in tents provided at the ringing station. It's an exciting experience for birdwatchers, bird ringers and nature lovers. We offer hands-on exchange of specialist knowledge and experience in field research abroad accompanied by our high-quality training. Time commitment, 10 days. To apply: email us at and introduce yourself in few words, explaining why you are interested in the project and why we should choose you as a Participant. You will receive a detailed infosheet and application form.