To volunteer as a Secret World response driver, you must have a valid driving licence, 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.
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.