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Duke of Edinburgh Placement

DofE Award Placements

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital is very happy to be supporting students on their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

We offer students (over the age of 16) the opportunity to do either your Volunteering or your Skills Section in an environment where you can meet some amazing wildlife that you would never normally get the chance to see. Tiggywinkles treats over 10,000 British wild creatures every year, so there are always over 1,000 animals of a huge variety of species being cared for in our Hospital.
Placements are for a minimum of one half day at the weekend, for the duration of your Award requirement.

Volunteering Section

Voluntary work will either be hands-on husbandry working with the sick and injured wildlife in the hospital, or a limited number of places may be available between Easter and September working in the Visitor Centre, assisting with children’s craft activities, dealing with visitors and general tidying of the educational areas. Volunteering will involve a minimum of one half day each week.

Skills Section

For the skills section – we run a certificated City & Guilds programme, where you could work towards a Level 1 Award in Work-based Animal Care. The practical working requirement is 45 days (at a minimum of one full day per week) – and costs £199 (to cover assessment & certification costs). We will take photographs of you carrying out practical tasks for your portfolio and you will also complete some assignments at home. Students will receive an Award certificate from City & Guilds on achievement of their course. If wanted, more modules can be undertaken and students could work towards their full Diploma qualification.

Hospital Volunteering/Skills Tasks

The main tasks are hands-on husbandry of the thousand-plus wild animals currently undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at our Hospital – which means you will spend your day cleaning cages and enclosures, preparing and providing food, with some handling of a variety of wild species.
In addition you may be asked to help out with:
• Enclosure & site maintenance as required, which may involve weeding or painting
• Assisting with deliveries of food stuffs
• Talking to the public, if working in the Visitor Areas (mainly answering their questions!)

Requirements

• Students must be over 16 and able to work independently
• You must have an up to date tetanus vaccination and no allergies to animals or animal foodstuffs
• Tasks are very physical, so be prepared for working inside or outside, whatever the weather.
• Dress code is jeans and a plain, dark (black or navy) top, with trainers or boots. Wellies and waterproofs are recommended when working outside.
• No jewellery and long hair must be tied back at all times.

As a charity, Tiggywinkles cannot offer any financial support or help with accommodation or travel. Tiggywinkles may terminate the placement immediately if any Health and Safety or Animal Welfare rules are broken, or any placement student behaves in an unprofessional manner.

Still interested?

If you have a passion for working with wildlife and want some valuable hands-on experience, then fill out an application form today.

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