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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old do I have to be to volunteer?

A: The minimum age for our volunteer roles is 18 years, which is set by Society Policy and unfortunately has no flexibility. There is no maximum age limit.

Q: Do you have any vacancies at the moment?

A: We cannot advise as to what vacancies we currently have so please apply for the role/s in which you’re interested.

Q: Do I need qualifications to become a volunteer?

A: No, but the more relevant experience and qualifications, and perhaps most importantly, enthusiasm you have the better.

Q: I am very interested in becoming a Learning Ranger but feel I don’t know enough information about your animals.

A: We provide volunteers with information on our animals and our conservation campaigns

Q: If I volunteer will this lead to a job in the Society?

A: The experience gained through volunteering will help when it comes to applying for jobs and for interviews. But you would still have to apply and compete for any job.

Q: How long do I need to volunteer for?

A: We would like a minimum of six months for volunteering unless you are applying for a seasonal role.

Q: Do you pay travel expenses?

A: No.

Q: Do you have anywhere for me to stay when I volunteer?

A: We cannot provide accommodation or expenses for accommodation.  We expect you to be living within reasonable distance to Wild Place Project if you wish to volunteer.

Q: I work shifts. Can I volunteer on different days each week?

A: We’re afraid not.  We have a rota system for most sections and it needs to be the same day each week to make the rotas work.

Q: I am interested in more than one section; can I volunteer as a (for example) Learning Ranger and Keeper?

A: It is possible to volunteer on two sections but you will need to state this on your application form so we know that you would like to commit more than one day a week to Wild Place Project. Unfortunately you can’t volunteer on two sections the same day.

Q: Once I start my volunteering with a section, can I then move to another section (e.g. Ranger to Keeper)?

A: We try to keep our application process as fair and unbiased as possible and so we do ask that current volunteers go through the same application process for roles as everyone else. Therefore, it may be possible to change roles but you would have the same chance at getting a new role as anyone else who applies.

Q: I am currently unable to commit to volunteering but I will be available to volunteer in the future, when should I apply?

A: Please only apply for volunteer roles up to one month before you are available to volunteer.