Work Experience Placements

WRAS takes on work experience students from local schools, colleges and universities including Plumpton College, Hadlow College, Animal Courses Direct, University of Kent and many others.

There are two types of placements we can offer-

  • Block week or two weeks; Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm
  • Once a week on the same day for at least 3 months; 10am - 6pm (please note, we do not take students on weekends)

We can now only offer work placements between March and September. This is because the winter season is much quieter and in order for the students to get a more worthwhile experience, we have limited when our placements take place. 

All students will be supplied with a training document to support their placement which contains a lot of the theory information behind the practical work that is completed, it will also offer further insight in to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Work experience is also open to those that are not studying at school / college and are over the age of 18. Those under 18 can only complete work experience through their school/college in order to be covered by their insurance.

Commitment is very important as the casualties rely on the volunteers to feed and clean them twice a day, every day. Failure to turn up could jeopardise this which would be an offense under the Animal Welfare Act.

Transportation-

You will need a vehicle to get to our centre or alternatively you can catch the No. 54 bus which runs along the A22 from Uckfield to Eastbourne. The bus stop is a short walk from the centre on the main road so plenty of care needs to be taken.

To check for the latest timetable please visit the Stagecoach website by clicking here. To help plan your journey by public transport please go to East Sussex County Council's journey planner site by clicking here.

Work Experience FAQ's

  • What clothing should I wear?
    • We recommend wearing any suitable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, generally t-shirt and jeans/trousers with trainers or walking shoes is fine. You may be experiencing a few rescues too so just in case it is horrible weather outside we suggest bringing a coat with you.
    • Please do not wear; dresses, skirts, crop tops, flipflops/sandals, ties or dangly jewellery.
  • What can I expect of my role?
    • Your main duties will be to clean and feed the casualties in care every morning and evening. During the day you will likely be cleaning enclosures, restocking, sorting donations, observing first aid treatment, attending rescues and releases, orphan rearing (seasonal) and experiencing faecal sampling through a microscope. Please see the work placement role description linked below for more information.
  • Do I need experience handling animals/knowledge of wildlife?
    • You don’t need any experience as you will be trained when you start, however enthusiasm to learn and confidence around animals is preferred.
  • How much hands-on experience will I get with the animals?
    • Much of the feed and clean shift involves handling animals, and you may also get to work in the orphan rearing room which involves feeding baby birds and occasionally handling them. So there is a lot of handling involved. You will never be asked to handle an animal that you are either not comfortable handling or that may cause you harm.
  • Will I get to go out on rescues?
    • We try to send students out on rescues when it is suitable and when there are staff or other volunteers available to go with them, however we cannot guarantee how much you will be able to go out.
    • There are some restrictions for students under 18 with regard to going out on rescues and observing surgeries due to health and safety and safeguarding protocols.
  • Do I need to bring anything with me?
    • You will need to bring a packed lunch with you, we have a microwave, kettle and toaster for your use.
    • A coat in case of going out on rescues in cold/rainy weather.
    • Any paperwork or booklets needed to be signed by your supervisor
  • Do I need any vaccinations?
    • Everyone working at the centre is required to have a tetanus vaccination that is still in date. You will need to check with your doctors that your tetanus vaccination is in date if you are unsure.
  • Will I receive training?
    • You will be trained on the different areas of the rescue centre by staff and other volunteers. We are always happy to answer any extra questions you may have.
  • Will I be working as part of a team?
    • There are generally one or two students working at the rescue at any one time, however we have a team of volunteers and staff that you would be working alongside.
    • They will be times where you might be working on your own. Initiative is welcomed but don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
  • Is there any accommodation on site?
    • Unfortunately, as we are a small centre, we are unable to offer any accommodation for work placements.
  •  How do I book a block placement?
    • Download and complete the application form to the best of your ability.
    • Email Ellie explaining that you’d like to book a placement and attach your application form to the email.
    • Ellie will then liaise with you about availability and booking you in via email.
    • Please allow at least 5 working days for a response.
    • We get booked up very quickly, sometimes almost a year in advance, so please give plenty of notice.
  • How do I book a weekly placement (e.g. from Plumpton)?
    • Download and complete the application form to the best of your ability.
    • Email Ellie explaining that you’d like to book a placement and attach your application form to the email.
    • If you haven’t started your course for the year and you don’t know your timetable yet, please wait and contact Ellie once you know which day of the week you can commit to.
    • Ellie will then liaise with you about availability and booking you in via email.
    • We have very limited availability for one day a week placements, so you have to get in touch quick to avoid disappointment!

Please find the Work Placement Role Description here.

To apply for a work placement, please complete the application form below and send it to our Volunteer and Work Placement Coordinator Ellie on ellie@eastsussexwras.org.uk

Work Placement Application Form

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