Tuesday, April 17, 2018



We currently have a voluntary opportunity for a Voluntary Worker Placement Volunteer for a period of 6 months (including a one-month evaluation period) volunteering within our Bird department. This is a physically demanding role so commitment and a level of physical fitness is a must. It’s a very rewarding role and will allow you to volunteer alongside keepers, aiding them in their daily duties and helping care for the animals.

Mission Statement
Newquay Zoo is an education, scientific and conservation charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife heritage and inspiring in people a respect for animals, plants and the environment.

Aim of voluntary worker placement volunteering role:
The main aim of the placement will be to attend to the husbandry requirements of the animal collection as directed by the Senior Keeper in charge. Voluntary Worker Placement Volunteers focus on one of our animal sections and this role specifically relates to the Bird section.

The objective of the voluntary worker placement volunteering role is to:
Gain experience and understanding of the work of a zoo animal keeping department; Apply own personal skills and take ownership of a series of tasks and/or a research project; Reflect on training and experience throughout the placement. Help keepers clean, feed and care for the animals on the Bird section. The role covers all the areas within the Bird section and you will be asked to volunteer wherever the Senior Keeper requires you to.

Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision, enclosure modification etc.; Observations of animals and recording of relevant information; Training in basic research methods; Visitor interaction e.g. answering visitor questions in a polite and sensitive manner; Assisting with student supervision, alongside a member of staff, at the direction of the senior keeper; Training in animal-management related computer software; Training in all aspects of the company’s code of practice.

Newquay Zoo is open every day and the Voluntary Worker Placement will be full time i.e. a five day volunteering week including some weekends.

Place of duty:
Bird section enclosures / areas around the Zoo.

Department manager:
Senior Keeper

Skills required:
A qualification or enrolment on an animal science related discipline would be desirable, but is not essential; Previous animal-related work experience or volunteering; Good communication skills; Adaptable to different working environments; Able to volunteer in a team and independently; Physically fit for the demands of the post; Must be reliable; Able to follow strict instructions.

Materials required:
A polo shirt, sweatshirt, combat trousers, fleece, waterproof coat and steel-toe capped wellies or boots are provided for a small deposit as part of your induction.
Any health and safety requirements:
Keepers will talk you through any relevant risk assessments.

Please note

All voluntary worker placement volunteers for this role must be aged 18 years or over

All Voluntary Worker Placements are purely voluntary, and as such, Newquay Zoo does not provide any financial support or expenses to those wishing to register their interest for these positions. To ensure that Voluntary Worker Placement Volunteers are provided with valuable experience; a training agreement will be completed and reviewed regularly and a training record will be provided upon completion of the placement.

If you are successful in becoming a Voluntary Worker Placement volunteer with us, two references will be taken up before you are able to start and you will be required to bring your passport to your induction meeting. You will also need to bring your National Insurance card or number with you.

To register your interest for this
Bird Section Voluntary Worker Placement Volunteer role

Please send a CV and covering letter to

Gary Ward, Senior Bird Keeper, Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ

or alternatively, email your CV and covering letter to

by 29th April 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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