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Working at Birdworld

Working, volunteering, or carrying out work experience at Birdworld can be an exceptionally rewarding experience.

Any available opportunities will be listed below.

 

 

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Current Vacancies

Senior Guest Services Assistant

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Guest Services Senior Assistant to join the Birdworld Team on a permanent, full-time basis to include alternate weekends and a weekday off.
Current rate of pay for this role is up to £11.17.

About the Role
The role reports to the Guest Services Team Lead.
Duties include:

  • Overseeing the running of the admissions team and Information Desk.
  • Staff training and coaching.
  • Ensuring all systems and procedures are adhered too.
  • Coordinating the replenishment of the retail areas and assisting with the process of incoming deliveries.
  • Providing Administrative support including the processing of memberships, bookings, and experiences, and dealing with incoming enquiries.

Previous experience in a Customer Service environment is essential, all necessary training will be provided.
This vacancy offers 37.5 hours per week, with weekend and public holidays being part of your working rota.
Please apply as soon as possible, we reserve the right to close recruitment once we have found the right candidate.

About Birdworld
Set within 26 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens, Birdworld is one of the largest bird parks in the country and is home to a diverse collection of species.
As part of our Guest Services department, you will be leading a team to ensure all our visiting guests are provided with a great service.

Bird Keeper

We are delighted to be offering an exciting opportunity for a full-time Bird Keeper to join our team.

Successful candidate will:

  • Hold an animal related qualification.
  • Have minimum three years’ experience working within a recognised zoological collection, ideally specialising in birds.
  • Have keen observation skills, great time management, basic maintenance skills, and be able to prioritise tasks to ensure the highest standard of care for the collection.
  • Enjoy, and demonstrate a passion for aviculture, offering exceptional and engaging experiences to our visitors.
  • Be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all weathers. Full UK driver’s licence and access to transport.

This role offers:

  • Full-time position, working 38 hours a week.
  • Working with a wide range of fantastic species including penguins, hornbills, parrots, owls, cranes, flamingos and various softbills.
  • Current rate of pay for this role is £21,439 per year.

In return for your hard work and dedication, there are a range of benefits attached to this role, including:

  • 20 days annual leave for the first year, increasing thereafter.
  • Alternate weekends off.
  • Paid overtime at standard hourly rate for position.
  • Full outdoor-appropriate uniform.
  • Staff discount from our shop and food outlets, discount across Haskins Garden Centres, and free complementary Birdworld ticket allowance for family and friends once you have passed your probationary period.
  • Pension plan.

Please email any questions on this role to HR@haskins.co.uk

Set within 26 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens, Birdworld is the largest bird park in the country and is home to a diverse collection of species. We are offering a unique career opportunity for a Bird Keeper to join our expanding livestock teams.

Supporting the Aviculture Team Lead and working alongside the Bird Team, you will focus your time on the day-to-day husbandry of the diverse aviculture collection.

Senior Catering Assistant

We are recruiting a Full-Time, Permanent Senior Catering Assistant to join our team, working 37.5 hours per week with alternate weekends. Salary is £11.17 per hour.

About Birdworld
As part of our catering team within the Guest Services department, you will be leading a team to ensure all of our visiting guests are provided with a great service. We have a busy Café as well as catering locations within the park.

Duties include, food preparation and service, stock control, ordering of food and beverage stock, ensuring compliance with food safety regulations, running a team and training of team members.

The role reports to the Catering Team Lead and will support with the running of the catering aspect of the park operations.

This is a permanent full-time position which will include working alternate weekends and a week day off.

All necessary training will be provided, catering experience is beneficial.

Conservation Education Team Lead

Birdworld is currently at an exciting stage of largescale development. We are seeking a full-time Conservation Education Team Lead to become a key part of this project.

Successful candidate will:

  • Build on an established public engagement programme and developing educational resources for our exhibits and for our school programme including evaluating the impact on guests.
  • Attend off site meetings, trade shows, outreach, and other related events to represent and promote Birdworld as an event and group destination.
  • Implement and develop conservation projects in and around the Birdworld site to protect and monitor native species. 
  • Develop strong links with our conservation partners to enable Birdworld to offer support and participation in projects within our community, across the UK and around the world. Including how Birdworld can communicate those relationships to the guests on site.
  • Work closely with our Marketing Department to produce high-quality content for our social media channels, supporting story telling of the animal collection and ensure maximum public engagement.
  • Support the delivery of both seasonal and themed events throughout the year through public engagement and workshops where required and to help to develop future events that can be hosted on site.  
  • Attend events and conferences as an educational representative of Birdworld.
  • Provide encouragement and guidance in your teams’ career development through CPD sessions, performance reviews and presentation observations.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned by management.

Skills and experience 

  • Animal related degree, teaching qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant subject
  • Have minimum three years’ experience working in a zoological collection or similar. 
  • Experience in delivering and driving public engagement and have a solid understanding of educational delivery.
  • Experience in developing and delivering conservation projects, with a drive to deliver conservation schemes actively and imaginatively across the park. 
  • Have strong presentation communication skills and great time management.
  • Experience in hospitality and events is preferred but not essential.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in organising or managing events and group activities and/or positions requiring substantial public contact, customer service, and community interaction.
  • Full UK driver’s licence and access to transport.

This role offers:

  • Full-time position, working 38 hours a week.
  • Working alongside fantastic species including Penguins, Hornbills, Parrots, Owls, Cranes, Flamingos and various Softbills.
  • Widespread opportunities to develop and expand your skills with support to attend industry linked courses and conferences. 
  • Annual salary: £25,000.
  • 20 days annual leave for the first year, increasing thereafter.
  • Alternate weekends off.
  • Paid overtime at standard hourly rate for position.
  • Support and encouragement in exploring local and overseas conservation projects.
  • Full outdoor-appropriate uniform.
  • Staff discount from our shop and food outlets, discount across Haskins Garden Centres, and free complementary Birdworld ticket allowance for family and friends once you have passed you probationary period.
  • Pension plan.

Please email any questions on this role to HR@haskins.co.uk 

  • We close recruitment for this role on Thursday 30th November 2023
  • We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than this date, should a candidate

meet our desired expectations.

Birdworld 

Set within 26 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens, Birdworld is one of the largest bird parks in the country and is home to a diverse collection of species. This role reports to the Living Collections Manager and will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and delivering Birdworld’s educational program, public outreach activities (including supporting PR and marketing), engagement and interpretation, talks, experiences, and events. You will run a team of passionate Education and Engagement Guides who work throughout the site to support the public engagement with the collection. You will work closely with various departments within Birdworld to achieve these aims and should have a passion for the environment, conservation, and sustainability.

Work Experience & Volunteers

At Birdworld our keepers are very enthusiastic about their animals and the vital role of zoos in raising awareness on the conservation of global species.

We are also very aware of the mentoring responsibilities a keeper has in ensuring the next generation of keepers can develop the skills they need to offer the best care, and keep this industry always looking forward.

Our volunteer and work placement positions are suitable for students in animal-based sciences, or those wishing to develop skills in the zoo industry. They are a great introduction to the Zoo working environment, enabling the development of a range of husbandry skills and techniques, and building confidence in the workplace

Due to the complex nature of the animals and the environment we work in, there are necessary limitations to these roles, please contact us for more details.

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