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: Volunteer Assistant Ranger x 4
BE4: 08-02-2021
IV: 2021-02-15
LOC: Handa Island, Highlands
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We have four residential opportunities on Handa Island for 2021 season lasting approximately 22 weeks. These are exciting opportunities to live on a remote island, learn how our wildlife reserve is managed and to monitor the vast seabird colonies. You will have the chance to assist the Ranger with a wide variety of different tasks such as practical tasks, landing visitors and seabird monitoring. Placements on Handa are widely recognised as important field experience and provide excellent networking opportunities with Trust and RSPB staff, and several seabird researchers. Many former volunteers have gone on to paid employment on Handa and other reserves, and the majority are now employed full-time within the conservation or academic sectors. Must have experience of communal living and have an ability to get on with others in a remote setting over an extended period. Must be willing to work in all weathers, have an interest in wildlife, a flexible attitude towards working hours, enjoy the outdoors, ideally have practical experience with a variety of hand tools and possess good communication skills. These roles will be physically demanding. For further information please see Handa page on our website

JOB: Paid Research Intern
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: UK Wide
PAY: Travel, living and project costs*
FOR: People’s Trust for Endangered Species

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species Wildlife Conservation Internship Programme ( is looking for interns to help investigate whether tunnels underneath roads are a viable conservation tool to protect hedgehogs. The species is considered ‘vulnerable’ to extinction and thousands of hedgehogs are killed on UK roads annually. This exciting role involves hands-on hedgehog population surveys, measuring biometrics (e.g. sex, body weight), GPS-tracking and radio-telemetry. Camera-trapping will be used to quantify tunnel use by hedgehogs. Surveys will take place around the UK between April and October (inclusive) in 2021 and/or 2022. Applicants must be a recent (within three years) bachelor or masters graduate, obtaining a first or 2:1 at a UK university, must be comfortable with working at night and potentially alone, and have a full UK driving licence. *The PTES Wildlife Conservation Internship Programme will provide funding not exceeding £5,000 to successful applicants to cover all travel, living and project costs. We will provide practical training and experience in several research methods that are fundamental in conservation, such as radio-tracking and camera-trapping, and that are transferable to a huge variety of species. This unique opportunity offers experience in a professional research environment, collaborative teamwork and animal handling. See here and here for further details and how to apply. If you are interested, email for assistance with the application form and a letter of support.