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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.




Current Vacancies

Keeper / Aviculturist

Hourly Pay: £9.31, 38 hours per week.

We have a vacancy for a Keeper to join our team.

The role will involve all aspects of avian management ensuring high standards of animal welfare and public display.

We have over 180 species of birds, some critically threatened and over 130 on show aviaries from single species to mixed walkthroughs.

We are seeking someone with a passion for birds and at least 2 years experience working with birds in a recognised zoo.

Our bird keepers are also expected to deliver keeper talks, assist with public flying presentations and to assist in other areas of the park as necessary.

An understanding of basic health and safety in the workplace is expected, some DIY skills and knowledge of the regulations affecting the operation of zoos would be beneficial.

The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, willing and knowledgeable, whilst being keen to learn more through our internal CPD and having a good team ethic.

Recent applicants need not re-apply.

Catering Team – Support Shift Team Lead

30hrs per week – £9.31 per hour – Permanent position

As part of our visitor services team, you will be working a mixture of weekdays and weekend days with some days as catering shift team lead. This position covers catering, (cafe 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.

Education Officer / Presenter

3 days / 22.5h Per Week / £9.31 per hour
(Ideally between Friday and Monday, including every weekend)

Birdworld currently has a permanent vacancy for an Education Officer / Presenter.

The successful applicant will help the education team in delivering public presentations and focussed group sessions for schools and students.

We are looking for a keen individual with a passion for zoo education and animal training.

The ideal candidate will be fit, have a keen interest in birds, and be happy to work in all weather conditions.

Full training will be given, though previous experience with avian husbandry, public presentations and bird training would be a benefit.

Weekend and public holiday working will be a part of this role.

The successful applicant should ideally be available to start working with us by early August 2021

Grounds and Gardens assistant

Full time Grounds and Gardens assistant (Monday to Friday) required to join Birdworld’s busy team. This role will include all aspects of grounds and garden maintenance. A reasonable plant knowledge is required and experience with garden machinery is essential.

This wide ranging and very hands-on role will work as part of a small team which oversees all areas of the Birdworld grounds and gardens. The role is involved with the following tasks and duties.

– Mowing and strimming
– Hedge cutting
– Border maintenance and planting
– Car parking
– Paths, bins, litter and general tidiness
– Fencing
– Waste management and recycling streams
– Other general maintenance duties
– Cleaning of facilities

This job description outlines the main duties of the role and within reason is not exhaustive.

The successful applicant would need to be very practical, hardworking, have general horticultural skills, an understanding of garden machinery and enjoy working in a public environment. Chainsaw, spraying and tractor driving experience would be beneficial although not essential.

Work Experience

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.

Bird Park – 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.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently taking enquiries/applications for Work Experience placements. 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.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently taking enquiries/applications for Volunteers. Please check back again soon.