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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

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.

Seasonal positions

Working as part of our visitor services team, you will be working primarily weekdays and some odd weekend days. These positions cover admission sales, retailing, kiosks, and catering. All necessary training will be provided, and no previous experience is required.

Livestock Assistant

Birdworld is currently in an exciting stage of development and is delighted to be offering a unique career opportunity for a part-time Livestock Assistant to join our animal team.

Working under the direction of the Farm Team Lead, and alongside our small farm team you will focus your day on the husbandry and welfare of our domestic farm animals at Jenny Wren Farm, located within Birdworld. You will have keen observation skills, great time management, basic maintenance skills, and be a confident communicator. This role will involve hosting public presentations and experiences to a range of audiences.

We expect our keepers to offer exceptional and engaging experiences to our visitors through experiences and talks so an understanding of great customer service is essential. You will enjoy working outside, be physically fit, and hold an animal related qualification. Full training will be given, but experience of working with farm animals in an attraction setting is considered desirable.

This vacancy is for a part time permanent position, with weekend and public holidays being part of your working rota. This role will pay national minimum depending on age.

Weekend Education Presenter

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

Working under the direction of the Education Team Lead you will focus your time on guest interaction in the park, whether you are delivering an animal feeding talk, hosting a keeper for a day experience, or assisting with flying birds in our outdoor flying display. You will need to demonstrate a confidence for public speaking, passion for zoo conservation, and explementary guest care.

This part time role requires you to work 12 hours every weekend, with hours normally being 10:00am to 4:00pm, but we do expect flexibility to your working hours depending on the needs of the business. In return you will have an incredible opportunity to work across all animal departments, working with an assortment of wonderful animals from penguins to pygmy goats. You will work outside in all weathers, be comfortable to stand all day, and be passionate about the role of zoo conservation. This role will pay national minimum depending on age.

Animal Trainer and Education Presenter

Birdworld is currently in an exciting stage of development and is delighted to be offering a unique career opportunity for an Animal Trainer and Education Presenter to join our animal team.

Working under the direction of the Education Team Lead you will focus your time on the training of our education birds for free flight public presentations and experiences. Ensuring animals are progressing along the training plans you have created, to be ready to take part in presentations in peak operational months. You will be responsible for the day-to-day husbandry of these animals and be expected to give public presentations and talks for various species around the park as part of our daily event programme. You may also be expected to support the education team by delivering discovery workshops as part of our school programme in our peak teaching months.

We expect you to have at least 2 years’ experience of practical animal training and husbandry and be able to demonstrate confident and inspiring public presentations to a general zoo audience. You will enjoy working alongside a variety of animals, working outside in all weathers, be physically fit and demonstrate a passion for birds.

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 HR@haskins.co.uk

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 HR@haskins.co.uk

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:

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– 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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