Thursday, October 1, 2015

Volunteer Placements

Volunteer Placements – one day per week

The Living Rainforest is inviting applications for unpaid, one day per week volunteer placements within the Animal Department. Our volunteer programme has been running successfully for over ten years with many people securing paid employment in the zoo industry as a result if the experience they have gained with us.

The Trust for Sustainable Living is a registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. At our visitor centre, The Living Rainforest, the animal collection is contained within two tropical glasshouses and consists of more than 60 species. These include callitrichids, toucans and turacos, snakes, chelonia, stingrays, dendrobatids, and invertebrates.

Role and Responsibilities:
·        The primary role of the volunteer will be to participate in the daily husbandry and daily routines of the animal department. This includes feeding animals, maintaining enclosures, daily record keeping and animal health checks.
·        You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the different aspects of the department such as veterinary treatment, enclosure design and record keeping.       
·        Where suitable, there may also be opportunities for research projects to be undertaken.

Terms of placement:
·        This is a voluntary work placement for a registered charity, to begin as soon as possible
·        It is preferred that volunteers are able to work from 9am to 5.30pm one regular day a week.

The applicant
·        Preference will be given to applicants with an Animal related qualification or working towards an Animal related qualification, who want to partake in this voluntary work placement in order to seek further industry experience.
·        Applicants should be enthusiastic, hard-working and have a willingness to learn new skills.
·        It is recommended that you have your own form of transport to get to and from The Living Rainforest each day as public transport is infrequent in this area.

To Apply

To apply for a volunteer position, please email, or download an application form from our website:

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