Work for WAF

We have many different sorts of voluntary and paid vacancies for people to help with the care of patients at our wildlife hospital or to support the charity in fundraising efforts.  Please click on the link below that refers to the type of work you are looking for:


iDot Engagement Officer

Job Title: Engagement Officer, Wildlife Aid Foundation, Leatherhead, Surrey

£13,000, part time, self employed

Contract: initially 1 year (extension subject to future funding)

Closing date 7th February 2021

The Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wild animals in Surrey for 40 years. We are developing our environmental education work and are seeking to employ an engagement officer to develop and deliver our environmental engagement programme iDot (I Do One Thing)

Purpose of the role:

To create long term engagement in the iDot programme with range of audiences

Main duties:

  • Create a series of iDot resources that can be downloaded from the WAF/iDot website ( These will include activities and projects for families, longer projects for community groups, curriculum mapped primary school activities and activities specifically for people with Additional Learning Needs
  • Deliver talks to schools and community groups encouraging everyone to Do One Thing for nature, every day
  • Deliver CPD events for teachers and group leaders
  • Support and encourage all participants to add their iDots to the counter on the iDot website
  • Create and train iDot Champions, who will share their learning and encourage others to take part
  • Be the main point of contact for iDot
  • Maintain GDPR compliant register of iDot participants
  • Work alongside the WAF media team creating engaging social media posts to promote iDot
  • Provide quarterly reports on project progress for the CEO and WAF board

Other duties:

  • To perform all tasks in line with WAF’s core purpose and the ethos of iDot.
  • To keep up-to-date with any similar programmes to iDot
  • To actively represent WAF when promoting iDot to all audiences
  • To work on or off site as required


Person Specification


  • Experience of delivering learning to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for wildlife and the local environment


  • Understanding of and keen interest in environmental issues, including those affecting urban wildlife.
  • Ability to enthuse others
  • Ability to write engaging text appropriate to different audiences
  • Enthusiastic self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organisation skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills

Additional information:

  • This is offered an initial one-year contract with possible extension; dependant on future funding and the growth of iDot
  • This is a part-time appointment and some weekend or evening working will be required, for which time off in lieu is given
  • The post will be on a self-employed basis
  • The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check
  • Car driver with a full clean driving licence (desirable)

For an informal discussion about the role, please email

For more information about iDot, please visit

To apply, please send your CV and an accompanying letter stating why you feel you would be appropriate for this role.

Closing date 7th February 2021. Interviews will be held via zoom/skype week beginning 15th February.

Volunteer RVN needed

  • Rewarding position at Wildlife Aid Foundation (as seen on TV’s “Wildlife SOS”)
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic RVN, ideally with previous experience of working with wildlife, but this is not a requirement.
  • Please send CV in confidence to together with a covering letter detailing why you would like to work with wildlife.
  • You CAN make a difference.

Volunteer Vet needed

  • An amazing opportunity to gain wildlife experience at one of the UK’s largest wildlife hospitals (as seen on TV’s “Wildlife SOS”)
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic vet (MRCVS), ideally with previous experience of working with wildlife, but this is not a requirement.
  • Please send CV in confidence to together with a covering letter detailing why you would like to work with wildlife.

Volunteer Gardener/Building Maintenance

We are looking for someone to manage the gardens and overall look of the site.  Experience would be preferred, but is not a requirement.

You will also be asked to complete occasional, local, off site basic maintenance.

Please email if you are interested in the role.

You CAN make a difference.

University Industrial Placements

University students needing professional placements: we offer an all-round placement for the academic year, encompassing all areas of animal care with the opportunity to spend some time with the vet team.  There is also the option to gain experience in reception & admin, marketing and fundraising, and all aspects of running a wildlife charity.  Hours to suit; generally 5 days a week, including some weekend, although more available if needed! Please note this is an unpaid role.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, explaining why a placement at WAF would benefit your studies to for more details.

Voluntary cameraman/woman & editor intern needed

“Wildlife SOS” has been running for 15 years, and is the longest running TV series of its kind in the world. Filmed at The Wildlife Aid Foundation in Leatherhead, the charity is now looking for work experience/trainees to assist in the move across to a web-based format.

The wildlife centre deals with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of British wildlife, and filming takes place ‘on-demand’: when an animal is injured we react to the situation as needed.

The ideal candidate will be proficient using HD format professional cameras and Final Cut-Pro editing suite for Mac, along with Avid and Adobe software. Candidates should also have a keen interest in wildlife/conservation. As the wildlife hospital operates 24/7, 365 days a year, flexibility is needed, and living within easy reach of Leatherhead is preferable.

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter about why you are interested in the role to:

Looking for an internship in our hospital?

Animal Care internships:

Sorry, but for animal-related work we can only offer voluntary internships to qualified RCVS registered Veterinary Nurses or Veterinary Surgeons. There are other internships available for charity fundraising, media and marketing work (see below).

However, do please consider becoming a regular volunteer, as you will get plenty of hands-on experience in dealing with day-to-day animal care and feeding regimes. Click here to fill in an application form.

If you are a qualified RCVS registered vet. nurse or vet. surgeon please click here: Vets & Vet Nurses

We also offer animal care work experience placements, click here to find out more.