Volunteering for us

National Exotics is the service provider for BWUK CIC, a national service offered free to its users & it is our aim to be able to provide a response to any area of the UK this is a process in development & relies heavily on the ongoing recruitment of dependable volunteers.

We have no specific criteria for volunteers in terms of skills, knowledge & abilities other than the following which is not negotiable;

  • Over 18’s only, please
    • While we welcome interest & support from our younger followers children cannot be volunteers.
  • Time Commitment
    • It is inevitable that animal rescue work will place demands on people’s time, often unexpectedly & at unsocial & inconvenient times. Due to the unpredictable nature of the work involved please take this into consideration prior to volunteering.
  • Communication
    • All volunteers must be in contact with their coordinator, we are able to work around work & family commitments, sickness & holidays, etc but only if we know about them. Effective communication is an essential requirement & up to date contact details are needed.
  • Animal Welfare
    • BWUK is dedicated to preserving & protecting the welfare needs of all animals & expects this of all its volunteers. We will not accept volunteers who are involved with ‘blood sports’ we also believe that euthanasia should never be used to kill healthy animals for operational reasons.

Volunteer Positions

Regional Co-ordinators

As a new initiative, we plan to offer a new line management structure, where we have a senior management position, directly answerable to the Board responsible for the general operational management of a region of the UK. This will include providing direct line management, support & supervision to county coordinators. Implementing review of county teams & initiating development strategies within these areas. Responsible for their own local recruitment strategies, fundraising & liaison. The Regional Coordinator posts offer a real challenge for the dedicated volunteer, working alongside the Director of Operations these key posts will determine the future development of the County response teams throughout the UK.

County Coordinators

We aim to have a Coordinator in post in every county in the UK – where appropriate large counties may be divided into geographical areas if sufficient Coordinators are available

The Coordinator is pivotal in leading & managing the county team.

Coordinators corroborate sightings and reports within their county sharing this information as appropriate, and organizing local responders within their team to assist where necessary. It is their responsibility to know their team’s strengths & skills. No volunteer should be left unsupported in dealing with unfamiliar situations. Coordinators will be up to date with the latest policies & procedures & any changes affecting our work. They are also responsible for increasing and maintaining membership within their county, for promoting the organization, and for ensuring fundraising campaigns are established. 

Volunteer Animal Emergency Responders

Our responders work with our County Coordinators to provide a credible response to animal incidents as & when they occur within their local area of cover. They need to be part of a response team contact arrangement & keep their coordinator informed of any changes that may affect this. It is expected that less experienced responders will be supported in their work & that the actions of any volunteer will be consistent with expectations of good practice as outlined in procedures & risk assessments. It is anticipated that various stages of basic training will be provided to ensure a standard level of competency.

The role is offered to those without key skills and experience but we seek to attract those with exotic animal husbandry or wildlife rescue experience.

Admin and Operational Support

Many volunteers may have skills that are useful to support the Coordinator & the response team while not being an active part of rescue work. Remote support, liaison & communications are equally important as can be administrative skills & local record keeping.

We are currently introducing an Operational Support team to work alongside County Coordinators in ensuring their teams function to the highest possible standard. They will be responsible for our standards of data and will oversee and process new applications. They are directly managed by the Director of Operations.

Fundraising Team Members

Our fundraising team members work to raise the much-needed funds that are required to ensure the continuation and development of BeastWatch UK. CIC.  They are responsible for working with their coordinator in developing and promoting successful fundraising campaigns on both a local & national level. Fundraisers can be responders, support, or coordinators but the Coordinator retains financial responsibility for any fundraising events including the distribution & monitoring of collection tins locally. This role would work in conjunction with event organization.

Executive Positions

Often advertised through our Facebook group & page we continue to seek dedicated people to work with us in obtaining our long-term goals. We seek to recruit the highest caliber, people, for these pivotal roles in developing & shaping our future. Executive positions will be registered as Directors of the company and have a real stake in our future, they will be members of a Board of Directors as well as being part of the Operational Management Team which both meet regularly to plan & discuss strategy & development. These volunteers assist in managing the organization on a national level.

Volunteer Management Team (VMT).

This refers to the team of Executive Directors who meet to plan & address the operational & development needs of the organization which arises on a regular basis. They form the policy, protocol & procedure which govern the practice of our volunteers.

Non-Executive Directors

We currently seek skilled & knowledgeable individuals to join our Board & assist in the review of our strategy & development without having a volunteer role within the company. These individuals will help guide & inform the VMT to ensure best practices in service delivery & adherence to legal implications.


We are seeking to recruit volunteers from across the UK. If you have an interest in exotic animals and wish to volunteer with us for the benefit the exotic animal welfare and the environment, then please get in touch by completing our online application form.

If you are unable to dedicate your time to volunteering with BWUK UK CIC then you can always assist our cause by making a financial donation. We are very grateful for any donations received and no amount is too small! All funds go to ensuring the welfare of escaped exotic animals and the continued development of National Exotics Animal Rescue Services on behalf of BeastWatch UK CIC.

If you simply want to follow us on Facebook your support is still valued. https://www.facebook.com/groups/4418631667

Thank You

GDPR STATEMENT – Any personal information provided to National Exotics / Beastwatch UK CIC will only be used, as required by authorized officers of the company in relation to required operational procedures to fulfill the objectives of the company. The named volunteer should maintain contact with the company to ensure that any personal information is updated as required and is removed from the database if they choose to leave at any time. This notice of resignation should be given in writing by email to mikepotts@beastwatch.co.uk