Volunteering for us

Welcome to National Exotics CIC! We are a national service rescuing that is offered completely free to the general public. Our goal is to provide a response to any area of the UK, and we are continuously striving to achieve this by recruiting dependable volunteers.

We believe that anyone can be a volunteer, regardless of their skills, knowledge, or abilities. However, we do have one non-negotiable requirement - volunteers must be over 18 years old. We greatly appreciate the interest and support from our younger followers, and hope you don’t hold it against us, as we would love to have you when you turn 18 years old!

So what’s in it for me?

Make a Lasting Impact: By joining our team, you'll have the opportunity to directly contribute to the welfare and well-being of animals in distress. Your actions can truly change the lives of both animals and humans!
Join a Supportive Community: Become part of a tight-knit group of like-minded individuals who share your love for animals. We foster a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone's contribution is valued.

Develop New Skills: Whether you're a seasoned animal lover or just starting your journey, volunteering with us offers a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and enhance your knowledge of animal care and rescue with our own British native animals, domestic pets and exotic animal.
 Flexible Commitment: We understand that life can be busy, so we offer flexible volunteer hours to suit your schedule. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or a full day, we appreciate any time you can give.

Sounds great! What should I keep in mind?

Animal rescue work can be demanding and unpredictable, often requiring your time at unsocial and inconvenient hours. We kindly ask you to consider this before volunteering. Effective communication is vital for our organization, so all volunteers must stay in contact with their coordinator. We understand the importance of work and family commitments, as well as personal circumstances like sickness or holidays. However, keeping us informed about these matters is essential. Please ensure your contact details are up to date. We all believe in pulling our weight and if you’re a very busy person, this might not be for you.

 At National Exotics CIC, we are dedicated to preserving and protecting the welfare needs of all animals. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards volunteers involved in 'blood sports'. Additionally, we firmly believe that euthanasia should never be used to kill healthy animals for operational reasons.

I’m still interested, what roles are available?

Regional Coordinators: These key positions involve the general operational management of a region of the UK. Working closely with the Director of Operations, Regional Coordinators will determine the future development of the County response teams. They will also be responsible for local recruitment strategies, fundraising, and liaison.

County Coordinators: Our aim is to have a Coordinator in every county in the UK. Coordinators play a crucial role in leading and managing the county team. They collaborate with their team members, corroborate sightings and reports, and organize local responders when needed. Coordinators are also responsible for promoting the organization, increasing and maintaining membership, and establishing fundraising campaigns.

Volunteer Animal Emergency Responders: These volunteers work alongside County Coordinators to provide a credible response to animal incidents within their local area of cover. While experience is not necessary, we do encourage individuals with exotic animal husbandry or wildlife rescue experience to apply. We provide various stages of basic training to ensure a standard level of competency.

Admin and Operational Support: If you have skills that can support the Coordinator and response team but are not interested in active rescue work, this role is perfect for you. Remote support, liaison, communications, and administrative tasks are equally important. We are in the process of introducing an Operational Support team to work alongside County Coordinators, ensuring the highest possible standard of functioning. They will be responsible for data standards, overseeing and processing new applications, and will be directly managed by the Director of Operations.

Home Checker: As a home checker, you will play a vital role in ensuring the well-being and safety of animals that come into our care, by attending potential adopters and foster carers' homes. Your main responsibilities will include conducting regular home checks on our current foster carers, home checking and providing support and guidance to potential adopters and foster carers, and acting as the first point of contact for any queries or concerns they may have. Whilst experience in husbandry knowledge for reptiles and mammals is desired, we also welcome individuals who have a deep love for animals and a willingness to learn. This is a fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in animal welfare, while contributing to a worthy cause.

Ready to Make a Difference?

Join our animal rescue team today and become a hero for animals in need! To get started, click here and one of our team will be in touch.

Thank you for your compassion and commitment to animal welfare. We can't wait to welcome you to our incredible team!