Wildlife rescue volunteering


We’re a home-based rescue centre in Soham and we admit around 250 animals and birds a year. Our centre is run on a day-to-day basis by one of our founders, Tara, with the help of a small number of part-time volunteers.

“I’ve always been interested in wildlife, especially hedgehogs. It’s been a great opportunity to learn so much more, and of course to give so much back. I have met some great people, who I can say have become close friends.” - Anita

"I’m a veterinary nurse who has a keen interest in wildlife. I especially enjoy working with the birds and examining various samples under the microscope. Everyone here brings their own individual skills and knowledge, so I find I am continually learning. I feel privileged to have been welcomed into a close, caring and dedicated team, who share my compassion towards animals." - Kat

"Volunteering at Cambridge Wildlife Care is an endlessly exciting experience. It’s so much fun getting stuck in with a variety of animals each week and seeing just how much progress they can make. Learning the in’s-and-out’s of wildlife care from such a highly skilled and dedicated team is such a pleasure and I am constantly inspired by the work they do. The level of passion for animal care and rescue at CWC absolutely shines through in the quality of care provided to so many animals in need." - Olivia

Current Opportunities

As we are growing and our admissions are increasing, we’re looking to expand our team in a number of areas:

· Wildlife Care Assistants

· Microscopy Assistants

· Transportation Assistants

· Maintenance Assistants.

To be considered for any of these roles, you must be over 18, have good communication skills, a friendly demeanour, and a good sense of humour! You must be willing and able to work in a small team, but also independently once training was given.

To apply, please send us an email letting us know of any relevant skills and experience you have, along with your availability, to info@cambswildlifecare.org.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Wildlife Care Assistants

Minimum time commitment: one to two hours per week depending on the time of year.

We usually have between 40 and 70 animals and birds on site at any one time, and each of them require daily feeding and cleaning, and their records being kept up-to-date. As a Wildlife Care Assistant, you would be working (under direction) hands-on in the centre helping with these tasks. It’s an exciting and varied role, especially during our busiest months. We can honestly say, no two days are the same!

As well as day-to-day duties, you could (if you wished) also assist with other tasks such as:

· setting up cages, hutches, pens and aviaries for new admissions/animals moving as they progress through their rehabilitation;

· assisting with transportation of animals to/from the centre, rescues and releases;

· microscopy;

· hand-feeding of animals and birds (once fully trained);

· attending fundraising events/awareness-raising events;

· answering calls and emails from members of the public needing advice/assistance;

· helping to maintain our website/social media.

To be considered for this role, you must:

· be committed to helping local wildlife, and understand that our role as a rescue centre is to ensure that every animal/bird is given the best possible chance to return to the wild;

· be physically fit and emotionally resilient;

· be able to get to Soham (we are not on a public transport route); and

· be happy to work with set procedures.

· Previous experience with/knowledge of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, animal biology, veterinary care and/or microscopy would be a distinct advantage.

Microscopy Assistants

Minimum time commitment: variable (10 minutes – 30 minutes)

Can’t commit to the above but have smaller amounts of time available on a regular basis and have an interest science? How about helping us with our microscope work? This would involve looking at samples from the animals in care, predominantly to identify whether they have any internal or external parasite burdens. It’s not for everyone, but it is very interesting for some! Full training would be given, but you must be reasonably tech-savy, tenacious and have excellent attention to detail.

During busy times (May – November) it would be great if you could be available to come in for short visits a few times a week (flexible times). Being local to Soham would obviously be advantageous.

Transportation Assistants

Minimum time commitment: flexible

Do you drive past/near Soham on a regular basis, perhaps on your way to work? If you aren’t able to make a regular commitment, but would be happy to give small amounts of time on an ad hoc basis, why not consider being a Transportation Assistant. This would involve collecting animals when a member of the public isn’t able to bring them in to us/they’re at a local vet in any of these areas:

· Ely and surrounding area

· Cambridge and surrounding area

· St Ives and surrounding area

· Newmarket and surrounding area.

You must have access to a private vehicle and be willing and able to carry a basic kit with you (small carriers and blankets). You would indicate the times you’re happy to be contacted/available for collections and we would then contact you as the need arose. However, you would not be ‘on call’ so would be free to say no if you were unavailable. You would never be asked to collect any dangerous or large animals.

Maintenance Assistants

Minimum time commitment: flexible

We are also looking for handy types who would be willing and able to help us with basic and routine maintenance in the centre, such as care and maintenance of our outside aviaries, pens and hutches (painting, repairs etc). This could be done as a one-off project eg. sanding and restaining the wood on one of our pens/aviaries and/or ad hoc as and when maintenance tasks come up. Experience with similar outdoor maintenance tasks is essential, and if you are a qualified tradesperson, even better.

I would like to volunteer

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us to find out more about our current opportunities.