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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: Sea Watch Observer Volunteer
BE4: 21-02-2022 9am
IV: --
LOC: Various locations along the North Sea Coast - Yorkshire, Durham, Tees Valley & Lincolnshire
PAY:
FOR: The Wildlife Trusts

Are you passionate about protecting marine wildlife? Do you have a special interest in cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)? Cetaceans are a common sight in UK waters, with regular sightings of minke whales, harbour porpoise, white beaked dolphins and even humpback whales, off the North Sea coast. Despite this, cetaceans face numerous threats from human activities. If we are to protect cetaceans in our waters then more information on their numbers and locations is required. The Wildlife Trusts have teamed up with the Sea Watch Foundation to improve data collection in the Yorkshire area and would like the help of passionate volunteers to become dedicated Sea Watch Observers to help us achieve this. If you're located near to the Yorkshire, Durham, Tees Valley or Lincolnshire coastline then we'd love to hear from you! For more information and to apply please visit here https://c-js.co.uk/33dGuee.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees Conservation (Buckinghamshire)
BE4: 28-01-2022, 9am
IV: 2022-02-10
LOC: Buckinghamshire (North or South)
PAY: Training, travel expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

Conservation is a competitive field and it can be hard to show that you have the experience needed to land your first job. If you have a real desire to work in this rewarding and satisfying field, but need to boost your skills and experience, a volunteer Wildlife Trainee position with BBOWT may be the perfect role for you. To get the most out of this opportunity, you’ll need to be available for 3 days/week over a period of 12 months. You don’t need to be especially knowledgeable, although previous relevant volunteering experience will help you know more about what’s involved. You should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, feel comfortable in teams and be willing to supervise volunteers. You will benefit from a substantial amount of training and get plenty of active experience, learning from our experienced, professional employees and volunteers. You’ll also have access to outdoor first aid certification and NPTC chainsaw, and have the opportunity to develop an essential network of contacts in the sector.

Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire x 2

Based out of Meadow Farm (OX25 1TW), you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our North Bucks reserves, which include Finemere and Whitecross Green Woods and the Upper River Ray Living Landscape. These reserves form a stronghold of nature in an area under increasing development pressure, and host a range of species including rare wading birds, butterflies, ancient woodland indicator plants and small mammals. In this post you will learn about and complete tasks for the practical management of woodland, species rich hay meadows and hedgerows, as well as wetland and lake sites. You will also improve your species ID skills, and develop your professional network and leadership skills.

Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) College Lake & South Buckinghamshire x 2

Based out of College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG), this is a split role shared between the College Lake and South Buckinghamshire teams (your time will be evenly divided between each team). You’ll have a dedicated mentor with the experience to guide and support you through your traineeship. Joining our skilled and knowledgeable teams, you’ll learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at College Lake and across our South Buckinghamshire reserves, which include beautiful woodland at Dancersend, wetland at Weston Turville Reservoir, and chalk grassland at Yoesden. College Lake is also a busy site, with a thriving visitor centre and education centre, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of public engagement; an essential skill in modern conservation work. Full role description and application form here

JOB: Residential Volunteers
BE4: Various
IV: --
LOC: Various reserves across the UK
PAY: Accommodation (including bills), appropriate training will be provided
FOR: RSPB

We are seeking residential volunteers for our reserves! These placements offer an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation while gaining the experience and skills needed to pursue a career in conservation science, ecology or nature reserve management. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity. 1-12 months depending on placement. For more information, please visit our website here https://c-js.co.uk/31KTh74.

JOB: Wilder Coast Volunteers - Sandwich and Pegwell Bay
BE4: 01-06-2022
IV: --
LOC: Sandwich and Pegwell Bay
PAY: Role training and full support. Reasonable travel expenses.
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Wilder Coast Volunteers are ambassadors for Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, raising awareness about how and where people can share the bay responsibly with its wildlife. We need people to understand which areas they should avoid for the good of the birds that depend upon the site and how they can help us reduce disturbance levels, as well as helping them learn about the rich wildlife found in this special place. We are also looking for people interested in volunteering who may not be so confident with interacting with the general public to record activity as you walk around the reserve. You’ll be a vital Kent Wildlife Trust presence helping to protect a sensitive and important reserve and acting as extra eyes and ears for the warden team. You need to be passionate about wildlife and the environment but no specialist knowledge is needed. You should have a cheerful, friendly and calm personality and be happy to carry out your role alone (buddy up systems can arranged if you would prefer to work in pairs). Full training will be provided. You’ll get to enthuse people about their local wildlife, helping them to get closer to nature. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/3E7cbCd

JOB: Seabird Monitoring Volunteer (Skomer Island)
BE4: 23-01-2022 11.59pm
IV: --
LOC: Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA62 3BJ.
PAY: We provide free accommodation (including bills) on Skomer for the duration of your volunteering placement and are able to make a contribution towards travel and/or parking costs on request.
FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Our Seabird Monitoring Volunteer forms an integral part of the island team. Assisting with seasonal monitoring of our internationally important seabird populations. The successful applicant will gain experience in seabird monitoring techniques, using JNCC methodology, on a National Nature Reserve. Additionally, you will gain experience in the use and operation of VHF radios and working on the island boat, alongside other tools and equipment. The nature of the role requires successful applicants to spend approximately one month on Skomer, with limited access to the mainland. Work can be physically taxing, and is carried out in all weather conditions. We think, however, it is incredibly rewarding! Travel to-and-from Skomer via boat is also provided free of charge. 28th May 2022 - 25th June 2022. For full post description, and application form: https://bit.ly/3xLhPs7 We welcome applications from underrepresented groups. All application forms should be sent to Skomer Visitor Officer, Beth Thompson, at Skomer.VO@welshwildlife.org Please use ‘SEABIRD MONITORING VOLUNTEER 2022’ as the subject of your email.

JOB: Long-Term Volunteer (Skomer Island)
BE4: 23-01-2022 11.59pm
IV: --
LOC: Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA62 3BJ.
PAY: We provide free accommodation (including bills) on Skomer for the duration of your volunteering placement and are able to make a contribution towards travel and/or parking costs on request.
FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Our Long-Term Volunteers form an integral part of the island team. Assisting with day-to-day running of the island, and supporting the Wardens, Visitor Officer, and Field Worker. Successful applicants will gain experience in monitoring techniques (i.e. seabirds, breeding birds, moths, marine mammals, etc.), and visitor engagement on a National Nature Reserve. Additionally, Long-Term Volunteers will gain experience in the use and operation of VHF radios and working on the island boat, alongside other tools and equipment. Long-Term Volunteers spend approximately three-months on Skomer, with limited access to the mainland. Work can be physically taxing, and is carried out in all weather conditions. We think, however, it is incredibly rewarding! Travel to-and-from Skomer via boat is also provided free of charge. In addition, Long-Term Volunteers who successfully complete their Personal Project, and produce a report, will be eligible for the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer Bursary - worth £250. Time: 26th March 2022 - 9th July 2022, OR 9th July 2022 - 1st October 2022. For full post description, and application form: https://bit.ly/3xLhPs7 We welcome applications from underrepresented groups. All application forms should be sent to Skomer Visitor Officer, Beth Thompson, at Skomer.VO@welshwildlife.org. Please use ‘LONG-TERM VOLUNTEERING 2022’ as the subject of your email.

JOB: Research intern
BE4: 31-01-2022
IV: --
LOC: New Quay, Ceredigion
PAY:
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) with the running of the ‘Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project’ which supports the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay. Interns will assist New Quay staff by taking part in the following tasks: land-based surveys; boat-based surveys.; photo-identification matching; data entry; public awareness; assisting in training courses and other needs of the charity. Full time role. Interns will be based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales. Accommodation is provided by a private landlord through rental of a shared house at around £74 per person per week. All interns will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in boat survey protocols, and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins. If you are interested in this position, please contact Katrin on katrin.lohrengel@seawatchfoundation.org.uk with a completed Research Intern application form (available on the Sea Watch website) and CV.

JOB: Long-term Volunteer, Skokholm Island
BE4: 01-02-2022
IV:
LOC: Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire
PAY:
FOR: Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Each season we invite four volunteers to come to Skokholm and help the Wardens manage the Island and Bird Observatory and monitor its wildlife. There are two positions running from 1 April until 30 June 2022 and two from 1 July until 30 September 2022. You will help us deliver all of the seabird monitoring work on Skokholm along with contributing to the running of the guest accommodation, the management of the Island and the work of the Bird Observatory. If you are working towards a career in conservation, with a real interest in seabirds, islands and Bird Observatories then why not consider joining us for three months next year? To find out more and to download an application form, please visit https://bit.ly/3wOGY4Q.

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.

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