WRAS volunteer recruitment days

A fox cub rescued by WRAS

A fox cub rescued by WRAS

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Animal lovers are being invited to two recruitment days at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service.

Hour-long recruitment sessions are being run at 10am, midday, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm on Saturday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 22, at WRAS’ Casualty Care Centre, Whitesmith.

Volunteer Laura cleans out the cages

Volunteer Laura cleans out the cages

“We can get up to 110 calls for help and advice every day during the busy season,” said founder Trevor Weeks.

“We can take up to 250 casualties at a time depending on the species and the size of the species.”

Volunteers are required for the following duties:

Feed and clean shifts, once a week, three to four hours in length, either starting 9am or 5pm committing to the same shift each week.

Receptionists, once a week role, either 9am or 10am till 1.30pm or 1pm till 5pm or 6pm.

Rescuers work either the early morning shift, 6am till 11am, 10am till 6pm day time shifts or 6pm till 10pm evening shifts, this position requires volunteers to commit to the same shift each week.

The orphan rearing team work every Easter through till September helping the thousands of baby mammals and birds which need their care.

WRAS currently has vacancies for Monday to Saturday, 7am to 10am, and Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.

“Commitment is important as we have a legal obligation to ensure the casualties in our care are looked after properly so this is not a suitable opportunity for people who are unreliable,” said Trevor.

“We also need people who are fit and able to kneel, bend and lift.

“Also people will be handling birds and small mammals like hedgehogs so obviously not scared to do so and not afraid to get dirty too.

“After an induction we will give on-the-job training and volunteers will work as part of team.”

Details can be found on WRAS’ website, www.wildlifeambulance.org, or by calling 01825-873003 to book a place.

Booking is essential to minimise disruption to the animals.

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