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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Explanation of the headings here.


JOB: Conservation Grazing Volunteer - 'Looker'
BE4: No deadline
IV: --
LOC: Surrey, various locations
PAY: Social celebration events to thank our volunteers
FOR: Surrey Wildlife Trust

Every spring, summer and autumn, Surrey Wildlife Trust and other landowners use carefully-managed herds of cattle and sheep to maintain sites across the county. By munching on dominant grasses and scrub that could otherwise smother the delicate mix of wildflowers and other flora that supports a huge number of species, Surrey Wildlife Trust’s grazers boost biodiversity and protect some of our most precious habitats, including heathland and chalk grassland. We urgently need your help as a dedicated volunteer who can commit to volunteering for under an hour on a set day a week to check on a grazing site near you and make sure everything is running smoothly. This will involve checking the animals are looking happy and healthy, checking infrastructure and reporting any issues to our grazing team. Opportunities to volunteer Monday - Sunday, to fit around your schedule. Time: Once a week, under an hour. For more information please contact Sam at Other conservation volunteering opportunities are also available - please ask us!

JOB: WWT Castle Espie Grounds & Living Collection Volunteer
BE4: 26-06-2024
IV: --
LOC: Castle Espie, BT23 6EA
PAY: This position is entirely voluntary and is therefore unpaid.
FOR: WWT Castle Espie

We bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking. Our Living Collection team is responsible for the care, breeding and welfare of WWT’s collection birds and the rearing of the young. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the Living Collection team. You will be directly involved in helping with this. This is a great opportunity to work directly with the birds and gain valuable experience in grounds maintenance, animal husbandry and conservation. In order to carry out this role, you will need: Interest in gaining experience in animal keeping, gardening and conservation. Ability to work independently or as part of a team. Good communication skills. Driving licence would be an advantage. To be practical and physically able. You must be 18 years or over to carry-out this role. Time: 1 to 2 days a week. More information

JOB: Volunteer Bird of Prey Care Assistant
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: The Devon Bird of Prey Centre
PAY: Training
FOR: The Devon Bird of Prey Centre

This position will offer you the chance to work with Birds of Prey and learn all aspects of general care. This rewarding experience will give you all the training needed for their welfare and to confidently handle and fly a selection of birds to the glove. At the centre I have a large collection of birds of different species to learn about, which makes the work even more interesting. What I would need from you: To be able to commit to 1 or 2 days a week. To have a genuine interest in Birds of Prey. To have a positive outlook and be able to work as part of a team. To have social skills. To be physically fit. For more details or to apply contact Karen by email on

JOB: Lifeline Foster Carer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Home-Based
FOR: Cats Protection Lifeline

3 hours per day. Volunteering as a cat fosterer for our Lifeline service is a great way to give cats whose families are fleeing domestic abuse a loving, temporary home, until they can be reunited with their owner. We’re currently looking for Lifeline fosterers across England, Wales and Scotland. By fostering with Lifeline, you’ll be helping us to support someone in need of a temporary home for their cat. We’ll cover all costs so all you need to do is provide a loving home for your foster cat and send us lots of photos so we can give their owner updates. Fostering with our service is completely confidential, so you won’t actually know anything about the owner and they also won’t know your identity either. All communication goes through our dedicated Lifeline team to maintain anonymity. Please contact 03000120283.

JOB: Wildlife Volunteer
BE4: 31-08-2024
IV: --
LOC: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
PAY: Hands on experience with British wildlife, training and support provided.
FOR: Folly Wildlife Rescue

Volunteering opportunities for wildlife care available, working within our wildlife hospital cleaning and feeding a variety of British wildlife species including hedgehogs and small mammals, pigeons, garden birds, water fowl and more! Prior experience is not essential but an interest in wildlife and the natural world is key! Full training will be given on hospital protocols and animal handling. Minimum commitment of 4 hours per week minimum 3 months. Please contact Pru Scudder, 07511899496.

JOB: Stables Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Carisbrooke Castle, Castle Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1XY
PAY: Training and travel costs
FOR: English Heritage

Come and join the best volunteer neighbourhood around – our Stables team at Carisbrooke Castle! You will help care for our team of donkeys, supporting with stable and field management and assisting with public talks and demonstrations. Completion of Donkey Welfare Training, including Donkey Care Levels 1 & 2. You can also expect recognition and appreciation for your contributions, reimbursement of reasonable travel costs, support to develop your skills further and a warm welcome on joining this fun team! Time: Flexible, voluntary. If this sounds like the role for you, please contact

JOB: Part time volunteers. Monitoring of breeding curlew
BE4: 01-07-2024
IV: --
LOC: All Wales
PAY: Contributions towards travelling expenses will be considered and training provided depending on location
FOR: Gylfinir Cymru - Curlew Wales

Gylfinir Cymru / Curlew Wales are fourteen different organisations working together for curlew in Wales Conservation Partnership | Curlew Wales The population of this iconic bird is in steep decline in Wales. Survey work is vital in finding curlew during the breeding season to allow conservation measures to be put in place. There are now projects to benefit curlew running throughout Wales. You will be volunteering alongside project staff and other dedicated individuals. Training will be available in many parts of Wales, depending on your location. Suitable for students looking to improve their bird identification skills, to gain further experience in the conservation sector or other individuals looking to help save curlew in Wales. Time: Ad hoc, weekdays or weekends. Please send an email to and we will be in touch to discuss which area of Wales is best for you.

JOB: Monkey Sanctuary Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Looe, Cornwall
PAY: Accommodation / Food
FOR: Wild Futures

Wild Futures (Registered Charity 1102532) rescues and rehabilitates primates from the UK pet trade at our flagship project, The Monkey Sanctuary, in Looe, Cornwall. The Monkey Sanctuary is currently home to over thirty-five monkeys from five different species. Whilst our specialist primate caregivers are responsible for directly caring for the monkeys, we are looking for residential volunteers to come and help support us provide the very highest standards of care we take pride in. Tasks include enclosure cleaning; food prep; making enrichment items; gardening; and maintaining and cleaning the Sanctuary site. We are looking for short-term volunteers to join us for between 2 and 8 weeks throughout 2024. If you are interested in volunteering with us, or have any questions, please contact us via email:  We look forward to hearing from you!

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