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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

Junior Bird Keeper – full time

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

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.

Successful candidate will:

  • Hold an animal related qualification or equivalent in experience.
  • Possess a keen desire to broaden your skills and contribute to the teams’ efforts, ensuring the highest standard of care for the collection is maintained.
  • 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.

This role offers:

  • Full-time position, working 38 hours a week.
  • Mentoring opportunities and a chance to work alongside our senior bird keepers. Develop skills to work 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 £9.50 per hour.

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

  • 33 days annual leave.
  • Alternate weekends off.
  • A chance to join our dynamic team of keepers.
  • Extensive in-house training including incubation techniques and hand-rearing experience. Assorted opportunities to broaden your knowledge.
  • Paid overtime at standard hourly rate.
  • Staff discount across Haskins Garden Centres and free complementary Birdworld ticket allowance for family and friends.
  • Pension plan.

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

We close recruitment for this role on Monday 30th May, so please apply swiftly.

Bird Keeper – full time

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

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.

Successful candidate will:

  • Hold an animal related qualification.
  • Have minimum two 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.

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 £9.90 per hour.

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

  • 33 days annual leave.
  • Alternate weekends off.
  • A chance to join our dynamic team of keepers.
  • Extensive in-house training including incubation techniques and hand-rearing experience. Assorted opportunities to broaden your knowledge.
  • Paid overtime at standard hourly rate.
  • Staff discount across Haskins Garden Centres and free complementary Birdworld ticket allowance for family and friends.
  • Pension plan.

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

We close recruitment for this role on Monday 30th May, so please apply swiftly.

Marketing Coordinator – Birdworld (Based in Ferndown, Dorset)

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Birdworld team and make an immediate impact. If you’re an energetic and ambitious marketeer with an interest in birds, animals and nature who wants to work in the leisure/retail market then this is your opportunity to make your mark.

About the Role
Reporting to the Brand Director, this role will support the seasonal activity calendar to help drive visitor acquisition, increase brand awareness and engagement for Birdworld visitors. You will manage and deliver exciting and colourful creative content to support the agreed marketing plan and ensure a consistent brand message across all communications whether that be through social media, advertising, on the website or through park signage and POS.

What You’ll Do in The Role

  • Implement and drive all marketing activity for Birdworld to support the agreed activity plan
  • Plan and execute creating marketing content across all customer communications channels: including digital, social, web, onsite POS, PR, events and any other relevant channels.
  • Work closely with external agencies to ensure projects are, on time, on budget and on brief.
  • Apply a commercial mindset to ensure that marketing is targeted, relevant and effective with the correct brand message
  • Support the design and development of guest enhancement activities, such as guides, education packs and membership materials.
  • Support Birdworld events as well as marketing presentations
  • Be responsible for Birdworld photography on social media, maintaining photo library and ensuring image credits where required.
  • Report on the effectiveness of marketing and promotional activity.
  • Budget, cost management and budget reporting.
  • Work as part of the marketing group office team, and occasional garden centre projects.

What will help you do the job well?

Essential

  • Min.1 years’ experience in a marketing role or relevant industry placement year.
  • Ability to bring fresh ideas, be proactive and forward thinking.
  • Comfortable juggling different projects and have a flexible approach.
  • Strong understanding of digital and social media platforms and trends.
  • Strong experience of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
  • Good photography and video production skills for social media.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills
  • Valid and clean drivers’ licence
  • Ability to travel for regular trips to Farnham.
  • A keen interest in Birds, animals, nature and the outdoors

Nice To Have

  • Marketing qualification (Bachelor or equivalent)
  • Understanding of CRM system
  • Experience of working with and briefing creative teams
  • Event organisation experience
  • Experience of working with influencers and brand ambassadors

About You

You will be a great fit if you are a highly motivated, driven, and passionate individual with exceptional communication and skills. You feel you want to be part of a small team that is starting to redefine the future of Birdworld and you’re comfortable trying out new ideas and working in a flexible way. You possess strong organisational skills and can work with a good level of autonomy and foster relationships with cross functional teams.

About Us

As the UK’s largest bird park based in Farnham, Birdworld provides a great day out for all ages who can enjoy a relaxing day in the outdoors discovering what our 26-acre park has to offer.

Birdworld is home to over 1200 birds and other animals from over 200 different species, many of which are endangered or severely threatened in the wild. We are actively involved in the preservation of bird species through both national and international bird conservation and breeding programs: a lesser-known fact is that we are the only location outside of South Africa where you can see the endangered Bank Cormorant, a bird that is severely threatened in its natural habitat due to overfishing. Our Silent Forest Aviaries also house some of the most threatened and endangered songbirds in the world, so there are a lot of hidden gems to talk about.Popular favourites include flamingos, penguins, parrots, hornbills, and we have a farm with small breed pigs, goats, chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits.

It is our mission to inspire all visitors in the wonder of the amazing world of birds by building a connection with nature through an engaging, fun, and educational experience for all the family. We want all our visitors to leave having had a great day out and to tell all their friends about Birdworld, the hidden gem in the heart of Hampshire.

We are a dynamic company with ambitions to redevelop and evolve Birdworld and retain it for future generations, and there are opportunities in this role for your talents and abilities to develop and grow as we start on that journey.

Birdworld is owned by Haskins Group Limited, who acquired it at the start of 2020 along with Forest Lodge Garden Centre which is on the same site. Haskins Group Limited own 5 garden centres in total across the South of England.

This role will be based at the Haskins Group office in Ferndown, Dorset and sit alongside the garden centre marketing team. Regular travel to Farnham will be necessary.

What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary
  • 28 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Counselling and Advice Helpline
  • Product discounts, and discount at the garden centre
  • Free entry to Birdworld

Senior Catering Assistant

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Senior Catering Assistant to join the Birdworld Team.

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 Team, you will be working a mixture of weekdays and weekend days. This position covers catering, (Café and Kiosks) plus some admission sales and retailing.

All necessary training will be provided, and no previous experience is required although catering experience is beneficial.

This vacancy offers 38 hours per week, with weekend and public holidays being part of your working rota.

Current rate of pay for this role is £9.50.

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

Please apply as soon as possible, we reserve the right to close recruitment once we have found the right candidate.

Guest Services Team (Weekends)

Birdworld is currently offering a range of weekend positions working within our busy Guest Services Team.

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.

Working as part of our Guest Services team, you will be contracted for one weekend day each week and will also be expected to work extra shifts during the holiday periods.

These positions cover admission sales, retailing, kiosks and catering. All necessary training will be provided and no previous experience is required, although previous customer service experience is beneficial.

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

Please apply as soon as possible, we reserve the right to close recruitment once we have found the right candidate.

Work Experience

Birdworld is currently unable to provide any work experience placements. We aim to relaunch the programme for the 2022-23 academic year.

Please check back again soon.

We can offer work experience for students who are aged 16 or above and who are studying an animal related field, or are planning to do so. Birdworld is able to offer placements in one of the three following areas:

Jenny Wren Farm
– The Jenny Wren Farm houses small and large mammals and birds, including domestic fowl, sheep and pigs. Duties here involve general animal husbandry, routine maintenance and occasional interaction with visitors.

Aviculture – with over 160 species, this area offers a varied opportunity for those with a keen interest in birds. Duties will include food preparation and delivery, cleaning of enclosures / work areas and seasonal tasks as undertaken by our aviculture team.

Education – This is our public facing team and duties would involve interacting with visitors as well as helping to prepare educational material to be delivered at a later time. This could also involve assisting with the public flying displays as well as general animal husbandry of the presentation animals.

Placements will be allocated on a first come first served basis and we restrict one student per work area at any one time. Students are expected to work our normal hours, depending upon the work area and time of year, taking breaks similar to our full time staff.

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Volunteers

We are not currently taking enquiries/applications for Volunteers. Please check back again soon.

We have opportunities to volunteer in several areas, depending upon your interest. You can volunteer with us from the age of 16 – and there’s no upper age limit! We ask for a commitment of time on a regular basis over an agreed period to ensure that any training we give is reciprocated fairly and in return we offer experience in a friendly zoo environment and fun, challenging work.

Our staff work from 8am each day, and have an average 8 hour working day. Volunteers can of course work different hours but again we ask that these be agreed in advance.  If you are keen to pursue this further, then please consider your situation and the commitment you are willing to make, as well as which area you would like to be considered for.

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