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Animal Care volunteers

Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Name: Animal Care volunteers
Organisation: Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Location: Secret World Wildlife Rescue, New Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PZ
Type: Part Time
We ask volunteers to commit to this role for a minimum of six months, attending one shift per fortnight or more (shifts are 8AM - 1PM, 1PM - 5PM and 5PM - 10PM)


Secret World Wildlife Rescue specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wild creatures. It is run entirely on donations and runs a wildlife rescue service in the South West of England. Each year, more than 5,000 wild animals are helped by Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Together with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, we continue to care for all manner of creatures, from the tiniest harvest mice and bats to badgers, swans, foxes, deer and otters.

Volunteering as a wildlife care assistant is quite physically demanding and requires working indoors and outdoors. It also requires a reasonable level of administrative skill to accurately understand and complete animal casualty records. A voluntary member of the team will 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.

The need for voluntary support increases from March and peaks in June/July and we are currently looking for more people to join our team over the next few months. We have four animal care sections - Hospital Rooms dealing with small birds, hedgehogs and other small mammals, Casualty Pens which handles larger mammals and birds of prey, swans under close observation, Millie Block - large and small mammals and birds and Rehabilitation Pens - all species on the final stage of rehabilitation prior to release, this section is working outdoors.

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Organisation Description

We are here 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year to rescue sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. If you find an animal in need of urgent attention outside these hours please contact your nearest veterinary surgeon. The casualty will then be transported to Secret World the following morning for ongoing care.

We rescue or advise the public on over 5,000 animals and birds a year including hundreds of wildlife orphans such as otters, badgers, foxes and birds of prey, which we hand-rear, care for and rehabilitate, sometimes for as long as 18 months depending upon the species.


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Cause / Interests

  • Animals
  • Wildlife

Types of Activity

  • Working with animals

Skills and Qualifications


You need to have good written and communication skills and be able to work well as part of a team. The Millie Block, Casualty Pens and Rehabilitation Pens sections are very physical.


Wildlife care experience and get to see a large variety of different species. Learn more about the threats faced by our native species and how certain diseases and injuries are treated.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: no
Restrictions: NA
Induction: yes
Insurance Cover: yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form