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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: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. 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: Primate Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Looe, Cornwall, UK
PAY: Travel, food & accommodation*
FOR: Wild Futures

You will assist in all parts of work at Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary. There will be general maintenance work of the site. You will also receive education talks by staff members on each species, the organisation, darting, medication, anatomy etc. Assisting at the café & children’s workshop will add variety to the volunteer’s day & ensure they interact with the general visiting public during opening hours (weekends, & half- term / summer holidays). The work at the Sanctuary is hard & physically demanding so volunteers must be fit & able. Min 2 week commitment. *Some funded opportunities for UK residents & non-UK residents (EU only). Travel, food & accommodation are free, you will also receive about £160 a month as pocket money. If you are not eligible for the funded placements we have non-funded placements too, however we ask for a £40 a week contribution for food & accommodation. More information: Hayley Oliver, hayley_oliver@wildfutures.org

JOB: Primate Care Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Looe, Cornwall
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Wild Futures

We host up to 10 volunteers at a time, all year round, in shared accommodation. Short-term placements run from 2-8 weeks & long-term for up to 3 months. No special quals are needed, we just ask for volunteers to be enthusiastic & hard-working with a general concern for animals & the environment. You need to be over 18 & have a good working knowledge of the English language. Although volunteers do not work directly with the monkeys (hand off policy), they do help make sure that things run smoothly. Volunteers help to clean the enclosures, prepare the monkey’s food, create enrichment items & take part in workshops hosted by the staff about species, diet, medication & much more. Volunteers need to be hard working, have initiative & enthusiasm for the tasks asked. A lot of the role is cleaning so please ensure you are committed before applying. Please contact: volunteer@wildfutures.org

JOB: Hounslow Heath Conservation Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Hounslow, Middlesex
PAY: Local tool box talk training
FOR: Lampton Greenspace 360

1 day per week min. Various volunteer roles available including work with grazing herds (cattle / goats / sheep), survey work (adders / birds / butterfly / moth), and practical habitat management across a number of countryside sites within Hounslow. Contact the Rangers at countryside@hounslow.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Cornwall
PAY: Training
FOR: Wild Futures The Monkey Sanctuary

We have a variety of short term placements throughout the year, some are funded and some which are not if you do not meet the ESC criteria or you want to stay longer.  Non-funded placements require the volunteer to pay a £40 per week donation to cover food and accommodation costs. Our short term placements are for 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 8 weeks throughout the year. Long term placements run for 12 months and start every October, please see our website for more information. All volunteers must be 18 years old with at least a level B in English. No experience is needed, however volunteers must be physically fit and able due to the working nature and the working environment. An enthusiasm for hard work is important as up to 60% of the work will involve cleaning, be it the monkey rooms or the public areas.  For more information please contact hayley_oliver@wildfutures.org

JOB: Wildlife Care Assistant
BE4: N/A
IV: --
LOC: Highbridge, Somerset
PAY: Training provided
FOR: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

A minimum of one shift every other week for a period of six months – permanent. We specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wild creatures. Run entirely on donations we run a wildlife rescue service in the South West of England. Each year, over 5,000 wild animals are helped by Secret World. Volunteering as a wildlife care assistant is quite physically demanding and requires working indoors and outdoors. It also requires a reasonable level of admin skill to accurately understand and complete animal casualty records. Ideally be able to work independently, with initiative, and be able to follow written and verbal instructions. Tasks involve the handling and capture of animals for assessment and transport, cleaning enclosures to a good hygienic standard, preparation and delivery of food and water, providing enrichment and monitoring the condition and behaviour of the animals. For further information please visit https://www.secretworld.org/volunteer or contact Claire on 01278 768704 volunteer@secretworld.org

JOB: Residential Volunteer Species Protection Officer x 2
BE4: 31-01-2020
IV: 10-02-2020
LOC: Loch of The Lowes, Perthshire
PAY: Accommodation provided
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We are looking for two residential volunteers to assist at our Osprey Protection Programme at Loch of the Lowes. This is a great opportunity to join the team at this busy wildlife reserve at a very exciting time of the year. You will be given the chance to learn all about our ospreys and other wildlife with opportunities to develop new skills and experience, whilst giving valuable support to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. This is a live in position and you must be able to commit for the full duration of the breeding season. Occasional unsociable hours may be required. Please see https://c-js.co.uk/2QGpEeU for more details.

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee
BE4: 24-01-2020 8.30am
IV: 03-03-2020
LOC: Hertfordshire & Middlesex
PAY: Training
FOR: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

31/3/20 – 31/3/21, Tues, Wed & Thurs. An opportunity to gain experience and training in practical conservation work on over 40 different nature reserves to further a career in conservation and make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire and Middlesex’s habitats and species. Training will include NPTC chainsaw units 201-3, Brushcutter, First Aid as well as in-house training in habitat management, ecological surveying and monitoring, tree safety surveying and management planning. Assist the Reserves Team with daily reserve work and work closely with volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake other aspects of reserve management such as surveying species, livestock husbandry, guided walks and helping with events. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equivalent in a biological/environmental science and ideally have some experience of practical habitat management. A driving licence is required. DBS checked. If you would like to discuss the role, please call Josh Wells on 01727 858901 ext 229 or 07876 508 036. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QZVcwh.

JOB: Visitor Volunteer - Farne Islands
BE4: 2/2/20
IV: --13/2/20
LOC: Farne Islands
PAY: Training & free travel from Seahouses
FOR: National Trust

Visitor assistants help deliver the day to day management and conservation of the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve, a small island group off the coast of Northumberland. We are offering an opportunity for three people to join our team, volunteering alongside our rangers to experience working in one of Europe’s foremost seabird and seal colonies. We’re looking for three people able to help us three or four days a week either on a 9am - 2pm shift, or 12.30 - 5pm. We hope this will make it possible for our volunteers to carry out paid work when not volunteering. Dates are 20/4/20 - 31/7/20, incl an induction week for the first week. Induction & training given in first aid. You will be: engaging visitors in the work we do, ensuring our birds are well protected and chatting to our visitors; learning safety and risk management through training and study, such as emergency procedures, fire training and biosecurity procedures. Contact gwen.potter@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Farm and Livestock Assistant
BE4: 31-1-20 3pm
IV: --
LOC: Goss Moor National Nature Reserve, St Austell
PAY: Protective clothing, training, mileage & expenses
FOR: Natural England

Natural England is looking for a Farm and Livestock Assistant to help with managing the herd of 40+ Belted Galloway cattle which graze Goss Moor NNR. The position will involve working with our Livestock Manager to complete tasks, including: managing the cattle health plan, weaning calves, bTB testing, feeding, and farmyard work at Penrose Veor Farm. The cattle are primarily used as a tool to manage rare habitats on the reserve. Conservation grazing is an essential management technique for sites where important habitats can be lost to dominant scrub. The role is flexible, and also provides opportunities to gain experience in other areas of managing the reserve, and to be put through machinery training. Please email a short covering letter to crystal.edwards@naturalengland.org.uk to apply.

JOB: Conservation Assistant
BE4: 31-1-20 3pm
IV: --
LOC: Goss Moor National Nature Reserve, St Austell
PAY: Protective clothing, training, mileage & expenses
FOR: Natural England

Natural England is looking for passionate volunteers who are keen to get outdoors and manage the Goss Moor National Nature Reserve. Tasks include: installing stock fencing, post and rail, livestock management, scrub clearance, operating the charcoal retort, habitat management, ecological surveying, and multi-use trail maintenance. We are looking for anyone at any level of experience who is eager to gain skills in conservation, land management, and habitat restoration. Training will be provided on using hand tools and conducting species monitoring surveys, and there is scope for machinery training. Volunteers must be relatively fit and able to take part in practical tasks. Your own vehicle would be an advantage, however as long as you’re able to travel to site, we will reimburse your mileage, public transport tickets, etc. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided and other expenses are reimbursed. Please email a short covering letter to crystal.edwards@naturalengland.org.uk to apply.