Volunteer

Our wildlife need you!

WRAS helps wild animals in distress to survive and live fulfilled lives in their natural habitat. We simply would not be here if it wasn't for our dedicated Volunteers. Join our team to help give back to the British wildlife around East Sussex.

We have a variety of volunteering roles to offer, so there is something for everyone. All roles are based at our Casualty Centre in Whitesmith (near Lewes).

  • Volunteer Animal Care Assistant
  • Volunteer Rescuer
  • Volunteer Orphan Rearing Assistant
  • Volunteer Receptionist
  • Volunteer Grant and Trust Fundraiser
  • Volunteer Community Events Fundraiser Coordinator

All volunteers must be over 13. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer Animal Care Assistant

This is a unique opportunity for you to fulfil your passion of caring for wildlife. Our poorly, injured creatures need you to feed and water them, keep them safe in a comfortable and clean cage until they are ready to be released back into their natural habitat. It is vital that our animals receive the highest standard of care to ensure a speedy recovery and a stress free stay at our Veterinary Hospital.

The Volunteer Animal Care Assistant role involves feeding, watering, handling and providing the casualties with clean bedding, ensuring we meet their welfare needs.

The casualties need feeding and cleaning every morning and evening 7 days a week. The morning shift is 9am - 1pm and the evening shift is 5pm - 8pm. We do ask for weekly commitment to a set shift. You must be 18 or over to volunteer, however if you are between the age of 13 and 17 you may volunteer but you must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Volunteer Rescuer

We receive over 5,000 calls a year to our Emergency Rescue Line. Whilst some members of public can deliver their casualty to us, we rely on Rescue Volunteer's to attend the rescue's which cannot be done by a member of public. In some cases the rescuer is responsible for catching and restraining the casualty ready for transportation. This can require a certain amount of rational thinking and problem solving. Full training and equipment will be provided.

Rescuers must be over 18 and able to drive. Our ambulances have fully comprehensive insurance and are insured for anyone over the age of 21 to drive.

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Volunteer Orphan Rearing Assistant

(Seasonal: March-August)

Every year throughout spring and summer, WRAS sees 100's of baby birds come into care because they are sick, injured or orphaned. Some of which need feeding from early in the morning to late in the evening, as often as every 15 minutes. The orphans will range from hatchlings, nestlings and fledglings and each require their own care plan.

The Orphan Rearing Assistant role involves hand feeding the baby birds round the clock, providing fresh bedding and disinfecting cages/incubators.

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Volunteer Receptionist

UNFORTUNATELY WE CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE ANY RECEPTIONIST VACANCIES AVAILABLE

This is a vital and rewarding front of house position supporting our dedicated and passionate Care Team & Rescuers. You will be the welcoming face to all visitors to the WRAS Care Centre.

Providing day to day support in a variety of administrative duties, answering incoming calls from supporters, members of the public and other professional bodies. Returning calls to members of the public to update them on the progress of casualties they have delivered to the Care Centre.

You will receive an extremely rewarding experience, your role is instrumental to assisting WRAS’s team to provide Rescue, Care and Rehabilitation to all of our wildlife casualties.

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Volunteer Grant and Trust Fundraiser

WRAS is an independent Charity relying solely on the goodwill and generosity of the Public.  Our funding is primarily obtained through our amazing Donors and Supporters.

This is a new and exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, innovative and creative fundraiser to join our dedicated and passionate team and help us generate funds to secure long-term sustainability and enable us to increase our level of service and response to the needs of wildlife.

You will be a valued member of our Volunteer team and will have the opportunity to learn about our work, how wildlife survives, what the impact human lifestyles have on their survival and how we can educate people to make their habitat safer.

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Volunteer Community Events Fundraiser Coordinator

This is a brand new and exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys supporting and enthusing others to realise their aims.  You will need to be innovative and be prepared to try new ways to engage our supporters, to maximise funds to enable us to increase the level of service and response to the needs of wildlife.

You will be a valued member of our Volunteer team and will have the opportunity to learn about our work, how wildlife survives, what the impact human lifestyles have on their survival and how we can educate people to make their habitat safer.

Your support will make a huge difference.

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Application form

If you are interested in volunteering for WRAS, please fill out the above application form and email it to the Volunteer Coordinator Ellie on ellie@eastsussexwras.org.uk
Make sure to include what role/s you are applying for.

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