our work

Join our team!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our work here at SEWH and, quite honestly, we could not do what we do without them. With tasks ranging from animal care and cleaning to maintenance and rescue duties, it’s definitely safe to say that no two days are the same! Interested in helping us work with more than 10,000 casualties every year? Take a look below...
It may look like fun and games (and a lot of it is!), but the reality is that volunteering at a wildlife rescue centre is hard work. There is a LOT that needs to be done and the realities of working with injured animals can be emotionally upsetting. With our patients being predominantly wild animals, hands-on contact is kept to a minimum and we cannot treat them as pets, but the sight of an injured wild animal that you helped to fix returning to the wild will stay with you for many years. Are you up for the challenge?

Animal care volunteer

Our animal care team is responsible for the smooth day-to-day care of the hospital and our patients. Jobs include (but are not limited to):

- Cleaning pens, cages, floors and (where needed) patients!

- Feeding patients and monitoring their condition.

- General centre upkeep and tidying.

A good level of physical fitness and a strong work ethic are vital, as is an understanding that not every animal will make it. Many patients arrive with nasty injuries and we all have to maintain professionalism and try our best.


Are you good with tools and want to help us keep our pens and buildings maintained? Then becoming a maintenance volunteer may be for you!

Wild animals seem not to have respect for the accommodation we provide them, so our facilities are constantly in need of work! Whether it’s repairing a pen, fixing a leaking pipe or painting a new development, our maintenance team work hard to keep everything safe and looking its best.

We are especially looking for those with carpentry or gardening skills, but this is not a requirement.


Are you a vet or vet nurse and want to gain some experience working with wildlife? As a registered veterinary practice our vet team (under lead vet Tom Linsel) work hard to give our patients the best possible chance at returning to the wild.

If you are still studying veterinary medicine, then we also offer EMS placements lasting one to two weeks for those interested in learning more about wildlife.

As we deal with more than 200 different species, no two days are ever the same and thinking on your feet is a must. Do you think you have what it takes to work on the wild side?


Do you want to support our work at our BRAND NEW charity shop on Brompton Walk in Lakeside Shopping Centre? If you can spare a little time to help us raise the much-needed funding we rely on to operate, then we’d love to hear from you!