In order to be eligible for a deployable volunteer role with Veterans for Wildlife, prospective candidates need to meet certain basic requirements. These requirements are not intended as a barrier to entry, but rather to ensure that the charity is exercising due diligence as well as supporting our target audience.

 

Previous military service

Although individuals from other services (Police, Paramedics etc.), will be considered. Preference will be given to recent or soon-to-be service leavers, as Veterans for Wildlife aims to support those individuals as they transition into civilian life. Individuals with command, leadership and management experience, as well as previous employment in training roles are of particular interest to Veterans for Wildlife.

 

Physically fit

The vast majority of Veterans for Wildlife projects are in remote and challenging environments, as such it would not be appropriate to deploy individuals who may pose a risk to themselves or others. However, where possible, Veterans for Wildlife will always seek to support and offer opportunities to individuals wounded in the line of duty. Veterans for Wildlife reserves the right to determine whether or not a prospective volunteer will be physically capable of undertaking a specific project and may ask for documented proof to this effect from a medical practitioner.

 

Mentally fit 

Veterans for Wildlife runs a specific wellness programme targeted at those individuals who may require some degree of support or intervention in this area. Applications for this programme are widely encouraged. However, given the arduous nature and context of most Veterans for Wildlife projects, we reserve the right (as supported by medical opinion when requested), to determine whether or not a prospective volunteer will be suitable to deploy on one of our standard projects. This is in line with the charity's underlying duty of care to its volunteers.

 

References

A large degree of responsibility is placed on the shoulders of Veterans for Wildlife volunteers. As such, individuals subject to a Dishonorable Discharge (or equivalent), from their branch of service will be ineligible to deploy with the charity. Veterans for Wildlife reserves the right to contact the individual's last Commanding Officer or Unit for a character reference and we may further request that a criminal record check be undertaken. In line with this requirement, Veterans for Wildlife has a zero-tolerance policy towards the abuse of illegal substances.

 

Availability 

In order to ensure an appropriate return on investment on the part of both Veterans for Wildlife, as well as our project partners, we request that prospective volunteers make themselves available for a minimum of 1 month. Real impact at ground-level can only be delivered and measured over the course of a number of weeks. As such, it would not be appropriate nor sufficiently impactful to deploy a volunteer on a project for less than 3 weeks.

 

Person Specification

Veterans for Wildlife opportunities are open to both men and women, from across the world. For practical and project purposes, proven English language ability is required. Veterans for Wildlife reserves the right to request documented proof, when necessary, of a prospective volunteer's English language ability. Of course, unique language and / or cultural experience will be considered should this be determined, by Veterans for Wildlife, to be of benefit to a specific project.

 

Immigration

Veterans for Wildlife cannot assist in immigration issues and is itself subject to national laws and regulations. Therefore prospective volunteers, based on their citizenship and passport, must have the legal right to enter into the countries that Veterans for Wildlife operates in.