Monday, September 28, 2015

Bird keeper

Bird keeper

International Centre for Birds of Prey

The International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP), Newent, Gloucestershire have a rare vacancy for an individual to join the Bird Staff team under the charge of Jemima Parry-Jones MBE.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who has a good sense of humour coupled with excellent communication skills. A willingness to work hard and be a team player is very important to us. As a member of Bird Staff you must be prepared to liaise and work closely with all centre staff and volunteers.

The position is physically demanding and would best suit someone with a good level of fitness and strength. The majority of work will include cleaning of aviaries, maintenance of all centre infrastructure, painting, gardening and general landscaping duties. This is in addition to the numerous bird of prey management and handling responsibilities, working with the general public and on occasion washing up in the café!

Public speaking skills and the ability to convey a conservation message are important. Experience in handling or training birds of prey is NOT essential as the successful applicant will receive full and progressive training from senior staff. You must show a desire to learn, study and improve your own knowledge and skills often in your own time.

Having good DIY skills and an ability to use basic construction tools is a definite advantage.
There is NO accommodation available at this time and pets including raptors are not allowed on site.
A Full clean driving licence is crucial.

The successful applicant will be required to work through a probationary period of six months with a further six month review.

Salary starts at £15k per year. The position is a five day 40 hour week but hours are subject to change and applicants need to be very flexible in their approach. This includes working weekends and Bank Holidays. Overtime opportunities are sometimes available. Do not apply if you are a clock watcher.

Please Note: START DATE for the successful candidate will be December 1st 2015 if possible as we would like to get the new member of staff well integrated before reopening to the public on February 1st 2016

To apply please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to work at ICBP to
Or by post to: ICBP, Boulsdon House, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JJ

Closing Date for applications is October 18th 2015. Interviews will be carried out in the first week of November. Those getting through the interview will be asked back to work with the staff for a day, giving us and the applicant the chance to see how things operate at ICBP.
Tel: 01531 820286/821581

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