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Secret World Wildlife Rescue

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  • Sectors Charity / Non-Profit
  • Posted Jobs 0
  • Flexible work environment Time off in Lieu
  • Support for global candidates/visas Yes
  • Remote/work from home Role Dependent
  • Benefits Employee Assistance Programme, Pension Scheme, Discounted online courses and retail.
  • Company overview

    Secret World Wildlife Rescue started life as a dairy farm run by Pauline and Derek Kidner, in 1984 Pauline and Derek opened New Road Farm (now Secret World Wildlife Rescue) as a visitor attraction as a way of diversifying their farm income.
    After seeing the way that the animals were being cared for at the farm and the interest in conservation as a whole the public started to bring injured wildlife to Pauline in hope that the casualties could receive help. Pauline soon developed a great love and interest in wildlife, and as her knowledge grew, so did her reputation for caring for wild animals.

    Secret World Wildlife Rescue (or Bluebell Sett as it was then known) was founded in 1992 to support this wildlife work which has been recognised nationally by winning the BBC Animal Country Award in 1995 and having been seen in numerous TV programmes. The name was chosen to honour ‘Bluebell’, one of the first badger cubs reared by Pauline. After being reared, Bluebell was released and free to go, but chose to remain at the farm where she raised two cubs of her own and adopted three others before her death in 1994.

    Bluebell Sett became a registered charity in 1995, but then after the success of the ‘Secret World’ television series on ITV, the charity was officially renamed as Secret World Wildlife Rescue in 2005, incorporating the Bluebell Sett within the newly named charity.

    Since 2005, Secret World Wildlife Rescue has grown into a 365 days a year wildlife rescue centre, caring for over 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals each year. The aim of our rescue and rehabilitation work is to return the animals to the wild whenever possible, and we believe in always giving an animal the best possible care and the best possible outcome.

    We are supported in our work by a team of over 300 dedicated volunteers who assist in all sorts of ways at Secret World. Without our many voluntary team members, supporting animal care, fund raising, maintenance, learning and administration, we simply couldn’t help as many animals as we do.

  • Company values

    Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release:
    • Animal welfare is at the heart of what we do
    • Secret World is a place of safety for wildlife
    • We are always there for wildlife, responding to calls for help whenever possible

    Sharing knowledge:
    • We champion sharing our expertise and enthusiasm with the public and other professionals
    • By engaging the public in learning about British wildlife, we help them to reconnect with nature and encourage protection of its heritage

    • We are focused on using our resources wisely and celebrate the vital contribution of our supporters
    • We appreciate the devotion and passion of our volunteers and staff, recognising that each individual has an important role to play

  • What makes your organization a great place to work?

    Secret World has just over 30 members of staff, this allows everyone to get to know each other really well and the organisation still has the same close-knit family friendly feeling that it had when the charity was started all those years ago by Pauline and Derek. Although you will be working within your own team everybody at Secret World works closely together, this allows you to develop knowledge in areas you may not have had the chance to in the past.

    Secret World provides the perfect opportunity to get involved in wildlife care, research and education. These opportunities are often quite rare in themselves so joining an organisation that has all three can be very rewarding.

    Our team are all very friendly and we even won the Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2023 being awarded Animal Charity Team of the Year.

  • Describe an ideal employee at your organization

    An ideal employee at Secret World is somebody who has a positive attitude, is good at problem solving and has great teamwork and communication skills.

    We are a team of friendly people who are mad about wildlife and love animals of all shapes and sizes and you should be too!

  • Sustainability initiatives you have in the workplace

    We have recently launched a Green Team that will work together and come up with sustainable ideas for how we can move Secret World forward. We already have solar panels on our wildlife treatment centre along with funding to add some to our education barn. Secret World is keen to look into other avenues such as rainwater harvesting, natural hedge planting to create shade and seclusion around outside aviaries and wildlife pens and a biodigester.

    We are also passionate about PPE to keep our wildlife and our wildlife carers safe but we are always looking for ways to reduce our reliance on single use plastic.

  • Structured career progression initiatives at the workplace

    Secret World Wildlife Rescue offers Continued Professional Development.

  • Animal welfare policies and/or lowering barriers to care/spectrum of care initiatives

    We are a very welfare focused organisation with an extensive Wildlife Care Policy which is updated on a regular basis. We ethically review many of our approaches with input from wildlife and welfare specialists. As education is a key part of our charity remit, we also actively promote and deliver a welfare message to others through our courses, conference and publications.

Company Description

Secret World Wildlife Rescue exists to relieve the suffering of British wildlife and to encourage respect and tolerance for wildlife. We do this by providing a rescue, rehabilitation and release service for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife; inspiring learning and sharing information about British wildlife and delivering professional training.

Team Members (31)

  • Jackie Palmer

    Executive Director

    Experience: -
  • Mike Still

    Head of Retail

  • Daniel Harding

    Finance Manager

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