Volunteer Recruitment Days.
With a new spring and summer season fast approach, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is running two recruitment days to interest and encourage people to volunteer.
The charity based on the A22 at Whitesmith in East Sussex is recruiting a variety of roles due to the expansion and improvements made at the centre.
Volunteers are required for…
Feed & Clean Shifts.
Once a week shifts 3-4 hours in length either starting 9am or 5pm committing to the same shift each week. This is a vital part of looking after casualties in our care, it is a legal requirement of their care and essential to the casualties recovery.
Once a week role either 9 or 10am till 1.30pm or 1pm till 5 or 6pm. This is working in our reception greeting people coming to the centre, answering the phone, keeping the computer database up to date.
These are either early morning shift 6am till 11am, day time 10am till 6pm or 6pm – 10pm evening shifts. Again requiring volunteers to commit to the same shift each week.
Orphan Rearing Team.
Every Easter through till September our Orphan Team kicks in helping the thousands of baby mammals and birds which need care. We currently have vacancies for Monday to Saturday mornings 7am - 10am and Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.
“We can get up to 110 calls for help and advice every day during the busy season, it can get very busy. We can take in up to 250 casualties at a time depending on species and size of species. Although we have three full time members of staff and one part time member of staff they all work on minimum wage and put in more on a voluntary basis than they get paid for because of how much they love the job.” Said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks.
“It’s a really rewarding role, and you get to see wild animals which most people would rarely get to see. Every week when I come in I’m always wondering what’s going to be in this time,” said WRAS Feed and Clean volunteer Laura Carrick from Eastbourne.
“Commitment is important as we have a legal obligation to ensure the casualties in our care are looked after properly so this is not a suitable opportunity for people who are unreliable. We also need people who are fit and able to kneel, bend and lift. Also people will be handling birds and small mammals like hedgehogs so obviously not scared to do so and not afraid to get dirty too. After an induction we will give on-the-job training and volunteers will work as part of team.” said Trevor.
Hour long recruitment sessions are being run at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 19th March and Tuesday 22nd March at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith which is between Hailsham, Lewes and Uckfied on the 54 bus route from Eastbourne to Uckfield.
Further details of the recruitment sessions can be found on WRAS’s website or by calling 01825-873003 to book a place. Due to the centre being a wildlife hospital booking for the sessions is essential to keep disturbance to the casualties at the centre to a minimum.
Press Contacts: Trevor Weeks - 01825-873003 or 07931523958