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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

Conservation Education Guide

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Conservation Education Guide to join our Conservation Education Team.

Conservation Education Guides are responsible for supporting the Conservation Education Team Leader. You will engage and educate our guests through talks, animal engagements through working alongside our animal teams, and seasonal events. Birdworld is home to a diverse collection of species and offers support for conservation projects around the globe. This role is all about sharing our conservation and educational objectives and achievements with our guests so being able to talk to a range of audiences is considered essential for this role.

The successful candidate will need to be charismatic and outgoing, energetic, self-motivated, have good time management, organisation and customer care skills with great attention to detail. They will also need to have a passion for educating and inspiring people about the natural world.

You will be actively engaging with guests during their visit by starting conversations, answering questions and offering help and advice during their visit to Birdworld. This role is predominantly outdoors and will involve ranging across our 26 acre site throughout the day.

This is an ideal role for someone who wants to begin their career in Zoo education and who has a passion for engaging a wide audience. This role would also be suitable for or a keeper looking for a change in career.

This vacancy is a full time permanent position, working 38 hours a week, with weekend and public holidays being part of your working rota. Current rate of pay for this role is £8.91. Please email any questions on this role to

Closing date for application is December 15th

Part-time Gardener

21 hours per week over 3 days- £9.71/hr.

Part time Gardener required to join Birdworld’s busy team. This role will include all aspects of garden maintenance and upkeep. Experience with garden machinery is essential. This role will include the following main duties although within reason, this list is not exhaustive:

  • Planting
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Mowing and Strimming
  • Bedding
  • Watering
  • Working with the grounds team if required.

The successful applicant would need to be very practical, hardworking, enjoy working in a public environment and can work alone with limited guidance/direction.

Inventory Controller (Birdworld Shop)

28 hours per week – Starting at £9.71/hr dependent on experience

We are looking for an Inventory Controller to support the Management Team in the maintenance of stock accuracy and pricing integrity to ensure compliance with company Stock Control policy with emphasis on Central Replenishment routines and procedures.
The right candidate will be proactive and enthusiastic, with good inter-personal skills.

Key accountabilities include ensuring stock adjustments and stock transfers are processed accurately and in a timely manner to maintain stock file accuracy. Ensuring all relevant reports associated with stock accuracy are reviewed, investigated and actioned in-line with company policy. Processing and actioning company price changes and price checks in an accurate and timely manner ensuring all documentation is completed and filed.


  • Planning and prioritising
  • Time management
  • Good communication and networking skills
  • Ability to work alone with little guidance/direction
  • Logical and analytical approach with an eye for detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Previous stock control experience
  • IT system/data-base experience
  • Administrative skills

Full Time Grounds Assistant

Full time Grounds assistant (Monday to Friday) required to join Birdworld’s busy team. This role will include all aspects of grounds maintenance and upkeep. Experience with garden machinery is beneficial.

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 facilities. The role is involved with the following tasks and duties.

– Mowing and strimming
– Hedge cutting
– Car parking
– Paths, bins, litter and general tidiness
– Fencing
– Waste management and recycling streams
– Other general maintenance duties
– Cleaning of visitor 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, and enjoy working in a public environment.

Bird Keeper

Birdworld is currently in an exciting stage of development and is delighted to be offering a unique career opportunity for a Bird Keeper to join our expanding animal team.

Working under the direction of the Aviculture Team Lead, and alongside our animal team you will focus your time on the day-to-day husbandry of our 180 species bird collection housed in 130 aviaries. You will have keen observation skills, great time management, basic maintenance skills, and be able to prioritise tasks to ensure exemplary care of the collection. We expect our keepers to offer exceptional and engaging experiences to our visitors, this might be hosting keeper for a day or feeding experiences, or sometimes assisting the education team with public presentations and outdoor flying displays in peak operational months.

You will hold an animal related qualification and have at least 2 years’ experience working with birds in a recognised zoo, enjoy working outside in all weathers, be physically fit and demonstrate a passion for aviculture.

This vacancy is a full time permanent position, working 38 hours a week, with weekend and public holidays being part of your working rota. Salary is dependent upon experience, but please email any questions on this role to

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.

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.



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.