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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: Primate Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Looe, Cornwall
PAY: Travel, food, accom & pocket money
FOR: Wild Futures

Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary rescue and rehabilitate primates from the UK pet trade. We are offering 2 and 4 week funded, live-in placements if you meet the European Solidarity Corps requirements (are aged between 18 and 30, do not need the placement as part of a university/college course and haven’t previously completed an ESC placement). The role includes daily cleaning of monkey enclosures, tasks such as food preparation and making enrichment items as well as any re-roping enclosures, adding wood chip to outdoor spaces, gardening, painting and cleaning. Assisting in the café can also happen when we are open to the public. Volunteers will receive weekly education talks by staff members on our monkeys and their history, the organisation, anatomy etc. Days can be long and the work is often physically demanding so volunteers must be fit and able. Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied and certain Covid requirements apply. To find out more please contact volunteer@wildfutures.org.

JOB: Residential Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
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 rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: Animal Husbandry Internship
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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 www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

JOB: Livestock Checker Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Near Doncaster
PAY: Livestock induction and training provided
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manages over 100 reserves, restoring biodiversity, protecting habitats and wildlife and providing wonderful opportunities for visitors to get close up and see some of our most enthralling wildlife. Part of the management of many of our grassland, fen and heathland reserves is carried out by grazing animals. Grazing helps control competitive, less wildlife-friendly plant species that can out-compete the more delicate, rarer species of grasses and wildflowers that we seek to encourage. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are looking for 'udderly' brilliant volunteers to help check all of their Livestock at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve to spot any health issues and ensure the fields are safe and secure. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy then they'd love to hear from you! For more information and to apply, please visit https://c-js.co.uk/3llxl9m.

JOB: Farm Visit Supporter
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: The Country Trust

Farm Visit Support volunteers assist The Country Trust staff to take urban children out to farms, to learn about the working countryside, where their food come from, and the wider natural world. The volunteers ensure the smooth running of these visits and work alongside host farmers and staff to enhance the children’s experience of the countryside which in the long term, helps them to widen their horizons and have greater aspirations. We are looking for people who: are fit enough to cope with rough terrain on occasions; have an interest in working with children and a willingness to share knowledge of the countryside. We can sometimes provide transport to farms depending on location. If you are interested but outside the Northants/Cambs/Beds area, please get in touch as we do have roles elsewhere. Please email ahuggins@countrytrust.org.uk or ring 07926 889527. For more information on our Farm Discovery Programme, visit https://c-js.co.uk/3DBI4CS.