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: Residential Volunteers - NNRs in the Scottish Highlands
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR; Beinn Eighe NNR and Rum NNR
PAY: Accommodation and training
FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their breath-taking scenery & nature. Residential volunteering opportunities are available now for our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for committed people who can stay for 1 to 6 months (restricted to max 3 months for EU citizens). Previous experience isn’t necessary but the longer you stay the more you’ll learn & you’ll gain a better understanding of what we do. This is an excellent chance to gain practical work experience, make new friends, & improve your CV. See our volunteering leaflet: Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for nature & eagerness to learn new skills as to keep our NNRs in good condition, we need help with a variety of estate work & tasks including working with livestock (Highland cattle & ponies); deer management; fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring including butterfly, moth or rare bird counts; welcoming & helping visitors to our reserves, & connect people with nature. Send your initial enquiry to citing Alison Rowe (Beinn Eighe NNR) Linda Simpson (Creag Meagaidh NNR) Lesley Watt (Rum NNR) for further information on the reserve you are interested in.

JOB: Volunteer Primate Assistant
BE4: Year round assistants accepted
LOC: Lajuma Research Center, South Africa
PAY: Training*
FOR: Primate and Predator Project

The placement is for 6 months or longer. The majority of your time will involve working with samango monkeys. You will spend lots of time out in the field, alongside an experienced and passionate team of field biologists, and it’s likely that you’ll be involved in tasks such as: Behavioural observations of habituated primates through full day follows and collection of standardised behavioural and demographic data from our study troops; Experimental titrations of predation risk based on giving-up densities or predator detection experiments using predator models; Habituation of new groups; Phenological transects and vegetation plots to estimate primate food availability; General data entry; Assisting PhD students based at PPP with their data collection as required; Volunteers may also have the opportunity to work on the predator element of the project and engage in camera trapping and community engagement. *in primate behavioural observations, the use of scientific equipment and the possibility of publishing papers.

JOB: Jaguar Care & Maintenance
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Argentina
PAY: Free accommodation and food
FOR: Volunteer Latin America

3 months min. This wildlife reintroduction project is looking for volunteers to help take care of jaguars at a breeding centre and maintain the facilities. This is a good opportunity to work in a remote and natural setting with an endangered species. The project provides free accommodation and food. Further information on the VLA website:

JOB: Animal Husbandry Internship
LOC: Costa Rica, Central America
PAY: The intern receives free accommodation and meals
FOR: Volunteer Latin America

This project is looking for long-term interns to help with the daily feeding and care of many animals, including sloths and macaws. Duties range from providing enrichment for the animals to training new volunteers. Interns are provided with a unique experience and will gain an in-depth understanding of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work. Interns work 5 days per week from 7am to 3pm. Students seeking to earn credit with their university are welcome. A full project description is provided on the Volunteer Abroad section of our website, including contact details and web address.

JOB: UK Bat Care Network Volunteers
BE4: N / A
LOC: S Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands & Wales
PAY: 0
FOR: Bat Conservation Trust

Calling all bat lovers in South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands and Wales! The Bat Conservation Trust’s UK Bat Care Network has a critical shortage of volunteers to refer callers who find grounded and injured bats to in your areas. Volunteers on our Network save at least 1,500 bats a year and help turn over 60% of negative bat finders into fellow bat lovers. Volunteers from elsewhere in the UK are welcome too! To find out how to get involved in bat care and the benefits of joining the Network, please visit

JOB: Bird Ringing Camp Volunteer
BE4: 25-08-2020
LOC: Poland, Baltic Coast
PAY: High-quality certified field training
FOR: Wild Areas Network

Volunteers welcome on a bird ringing camp on Polish Baltic Coast this Autumn. You have an opportunity to support one of the oldest bird ringing schemes of the world - Operation Baltic. You will help to handle caught birds, identify and ring them as well as with measuring and data entry tasks. You will get to know and distinguish every caught species by direct contact! It will be an international, hands-on experience for bird ringers, birdwatchers and nature lovers from all walks of life. You don't have to know birds well - the tasks will be tailored to your abilities and field training will be provided on site. 10 days commitment. To apply: send an email to Joanna at and introduce yourself, explaining why you are interested in the project and why we should choose you as a participant. You will receive a detailed infosheet and the application form. Learn more: