RSPCA careers: wildlife assistant

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Would you love to care for wildlife?


What does being a wildlife assistant mean?
Wildlife assistants are mainly involved with the care and rehabilitation of wild animals. They clean and feed wild animals as well as rear orphaned wildlife, such as badger cubs, fox cubs, hedgehogs and birds, before releasing them into the wild.

Where could I work?

The RSPCA is one of the biggest employers of wildlife assistants and it has four wildlife centres (Norfolk, East Sussex, Cheshire and Somerset) which admit over 16,000 wild animals each year! That’s a lot of wildlife!

Our wildlife centres are equipped with veterinary surgeries, isolation cubicles, orphan wards and a variety of paddocks, pools, pens and aviaries to accommodate the many species of wild animal that come into their care.

What qualifications do I need?

The most important thing you need is a love of animals! But, studying a biology-related subject at school will help and lots of colleges offer animal care courses. Some may even have wildlife rehabilitation as part of the course.



Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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3 Responses to “RSPCA careers: wildlife assistant”

  1. Eleanor

    I am serious, ever since I heard about this job 2 months ago it has been my absolute dream to be a wildlife assistant. I love the RSPCA!


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