To be eligible for a deployable volunteer role with Veterans for Wildlife, prospective candidates need to meet certain basic requirements. These requirements are based on specific project needs, local laws and regulations, as well as underlying health and safety considerations. 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.


Prior Service:

Although individuals from other branches (the Police Service, Fire Service Ambulance Service etc.), will be considered for volunteer roles on a case-by-case basis, preference will be given to military veterans or those soon to leave the Armed Forces. This decision has been made as Veterans for Wildlife is constituted as a primarily military charity that aims to support these individuals as they transition into civilian life. Indeed, 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 projects. This is in line with the charity's underlying duty of care to its volunteers.



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 is undertaken. In line with this requirement, Veterans for Wildlife has a zero-tolerance policy towards the abuse of illegal substances.



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 one month. Real impact at ground-level can only be delivered and measured throughout the course of many weeks. As such, it would not be appropriate nor sufficiently impactful to deploy a volunteer on a project for less than three 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 in most instances. Veterans for Wildlife reserves the right to request documented proof, when necessary, of a prospective volunteer's English(or other) 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.



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


Police Clearance:

As part of the final vetting process, Veterans for Wildlife requires that all prospective volunteers acquire a police clearance certificate at personal cost. This is to ensure that there are no significant issues, which the volunteer or their referees have failed to highlight for whatever reason. Prior convictions do not automatically preclude an individual from volunteering with Veterans for Wildlife, provided that such convictions have been spent and/or are of a minor nature. Indeed, Veterans for Wildlife is committed to providing opportunities to those individuals who have demonstrated a willingness to make positive changes in their lives. Police clearance certificates can be obtained here or via the relevant agency in the volunteer's own country of residence.

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