If asked I have always stated that it is a voluntary service however as the service does involve some personal expense donations are appreciated.
I volunteer because I love reptiles and it gives me the opportunity to interact with animals I can't otherwise keep.
I have removed snakes from peoples homes where it is quite obvious they could not afford the $50 some relocators ask and I would feel guilty putting someone in an awkward position when they are often literally fearful for their lives. After all they did not ask for whats usually a highly venomous snake to enter their house.
I would love to see a system in place like the NT government where they contract removers who are also allowed to keep the animals. (Though apparently nobody has ever see the contract out)
I'm also interested in peoples thoughts about this section of the Email.
REPTILE REMOVER VOLUNTEER CONSULTATION GROUP (RRCG)
To assist DEC with advice, information, training and support for volunteer reptile removers, the Community involvement Unit is establishing a small working group which will be known as the Reptile Removers Volunteer Consultation group (RRCG).
This group will comprise of approximately 3 – 6 volunteers and DEC staff, and will meet 3 - 4 times each year as necessary. Draft “Terms of Reference” and Expression of Interest (EOI) forms are attached.
EOIs of no more than three (3) pages to become part of this group are welcomed and should be forwarded to Hugh Maclean, Coordinator, Community Involvement, DEC, Locked bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983 by 5 pm on Friday 20 July 2012 email@example.com
fax: 9334 0221.