Monday, June 18, 2012

Falcon Aviculturalist

Job Title: Falcon Aviculturalist

Location: Wales

The Workplace: International Wildlife Consultants (UK) Ltd. is one of the oldest established falcon breeding facilities in Europe; having bred falcons since 1975 and exporting to the Middle East since 1987. IWC (UK) was the first falcon facility in the UK to qualify as a CITES registered breeder and every year we breed over 200 falcons at our facility in Wales. IWC undertakes research and conservation programmes in many countries (see

The package: Salary to be negotiated based on experience.

The person: Needs practical experience of falconry and breeding birds of prey. Experience working with imprinted raptors or other birds is essential for the holder of this position. Practical skills along with being a reliable and conscientious team player are important. We are based on a farm so a driving licence is essential.

The job: During the spring and summer staff work extended hours to cover the breeding season so the holder of this position must demonstrate flexibility regarding work schedules.

Responsibilities include:
Aviculture team members contribute to routine aviculture activities within the department that includes:

Food preparation

Participation in the management and upkeep of avicultural facilities (involving substantial cleaning, some heavy maintenance work, repairs and building, vegetation management). This includes a small amount of farm work managing a small flock of sheep that are used to keep the vegetation in some parts of the aviculture facility and aviaries grazed.

Feeding of a group of breeding birds.

Management of breeding birds during the season.

Management of imprinted falcons for breeding during the season.

Participation in the incubation of falcon eggs.

Participation in the rearing of young falcons.

Participation in the preparation and shipping of falcons to clients in the UK and overseas

Some avicultural record keeping.

Some stock-keeping of avicultural equipment and supplies.

To contribute to the development and implementation of work plans to deliver IWC objectives.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed, the post holder is required to perform any other reasonable duties that may be assigned by the supervisor shown above, from time to time.

Type of person we are looking for has:

Falconry background

Strong practical skills

Aviculture experience or familiarity with zoological collections

Good organisational skills

Good communication skills

Familiar with Microsoft Office programs (preferred but not essential).

To apply for this position, please refer to the website ( ) and complete a job application form and send this with your CV with a covering letter to:

International Wildlife Consultants, PO Box 19, Carmarthen, Dyfed, Wales, United Kingdom, SA33 5YL

Closing Date: 2nd July 2012

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