Response Driver

Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR)

Name: Response Driver
Organisation: Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR)
Location: Secret World Wildlife Rescue, New Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PZ
Type: Part Time
This role can be tailored around an individual’s availability, but we are always in need of drivers who are able to do evening and weekend call-outs.


To volunteer as a Secret World response driver, you must have a valid driving license, have access to your own transport and have some free periods of time most weeks. Response drivers are called upon, dependent on their availability and level of training, to respond to rescues, collect and transport animal casualties. Volunteer response drivers are not based onsite, but need to be on-call during their agreed-upon hours. If there is a casualty nearby they will be informed via phone and/or Facebook.
There are 3 levels of response driver:

Level 1 – Standard wildlife collections and spotting – No formal training
If you have volunteered to be a SWRD and have not attended a wildlife first aid course you will not be required to capture an animal but may be asked to:
• Collect a contained animal (e.g. an injured bird in a box) and deliver it to SWWR for treatment/care.
• Visit a location to see if the animal is still there and/or alive (we get a number of calls regarding casualties and the caller is not able/prepared to remain with the casualty until an experienced responder can arrive.
• Attend a call out with an experienced member of staff/volunteer to assist in a capture

Level 2 – Small wildlife capture – wildlife first aid course qualified
People who have attended a wildlife first aid course (and are happy to do so) may be asked to attend small wildlife casualties that are not contained and need to be captured/contained.

Level 3 – Large wildlife capture and/or advice
People who have attended a wildlife first aid course and have had the appropriate training may be asked to attend large wildlife casualties that are not contained and need to be captured, contained and transported.

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Organisation Description

Secret World Wildlife Rescue specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wild creatures. It is run entirely on donations and runs a wildlife rescue service in the South West of England.

Each year, more than 5,000 wild animals are helped by Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Together with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, we continue to care for all manner of creatures, from the tiniest harvest mice and bats to badgers, swans, foxes, deer and otters.


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Cause / Interests

  • Animals

Types of Activity

  • Administration
  • Driving

Skills and Qualifications


• A valid driving license
• Own vehicle
• Ability to work independently
• Also able to work together with others to achieve objectives. For example, assisting an experienced member of staff in a capture.
• Remain calm under pressure
• A genuine interest in the work Secret World does
• Positive, friendly and helpful attitude
• Willingness to occasionally help out with fundraising events


• Training on how to safely capture wildlife
• Insight into the day-to-day running of the charity
• References and C.V. content
• An opportunity to make friends and contacts

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: None
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Will be arranged once application is received
Insurance Cover: Hiscox Insurance Company Ltd
Special Needs: NA
Offer: Ongoing mentor and staff support
Training: Half Day Training Provided
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Information Day, References