Animal Care - Duckery

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Castle Espie, County Down, Northern Ireland

Volunteer • Part Time 07584 171420 Amy Hannan

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

At WWT we create and conserve wetlands and save species. We bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking. Our aviculture team is responsible for the care, breeding and welfare of WWT’s collection birds and the rearing of the young. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the Aviculture team in our duckery from March to September. While this time of year is a great opportunity to work directly with the birds there are also more cleaning duties and so volunteers should be prepared to spend a significant proportion of their time helping with cleaning and maintenance.

What will you be doing?

  • Assisting with the cleaning of duckery ponds, coops, breeding and housing facilities
  • Maintenance of pens and breeding facilities.
  • Assisting with the rearing of young birds.
  • Assisting with feeding and cleaning in Living Collections.
  • Assisting with tours of the duckery and Living Collections.

Who are we looking for?

Previous experience of animal husbandry is desirable but not essential. We are looking for enthusiastic people for one or two days per week who are keen to learn, are able to work as part of a team or on their own.

In order to carry out this role, you will need:

  • Interest in gaining experience in animal keeping and conservation
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Driving licence would be an advantage
  • We are looking for people aged 18+
  • To be practical and physically able.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience with our Aviculture team. You will learn the skills and techniques they have developed through many years of rearing wildfowl and will be involved in internationally and locally important conservation breeding programmes.
  • You will be provided with a suitable uniform for regular volunteering.
  • A discount is available in the café and shop on the days of volunteering.
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.
  • Appropriate training will be provided.

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