Bird Husbandry Volunteer


WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education, water & hydrology

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.

In this role you will be assisting the Living Collections - Aviculture team in all aspects of caring for the birds in our living collection which includes rare and endangered species of wildfowl from around the world.

Someone with a background in animal care will find this a varied and interesting role within a supportive and experienced team. The role is also an ideal placement for someone looking to gain practical experience in animal care / biology / ecology or conservation science.

What will you be doing?

  • Bird feeding according to best practice guidelines.
  • Assisting with bird catches and movements.
  • Vital bird observation tasks.
  • Maintenance of pens and breeding facilities.
  • Assisting with the cleaning of duckery ponds, coops and housing facilities.
  • Assisting in ringing birds.
  • Help in administering treatments.
  • Using training techniques to support the bird team in their work.
  • Assisting with feeding within on-show areas.
  • Vegetation work.
  • The potential for research experience and censoring techniques.
  • The potential for experience in bird habitat and exhibit design.
  • An induction in bio-security and best practice care.

Who are we looking for?

To be effective in this role you will need:

  • To be a team player with the ability to work under your own initiative.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • A can-do attitude.
  • Experience in bird keeping and practical habitat management.
  • Understanding of bird welfare.
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivate.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Tractor, lawn mower and strimmer qualifications desirable.
  • Full UK driving license desirable.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer within an internationally important wetland site in a really hands-on role.
  • Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers.
  • Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering.
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres on presentation of your WWT name badge.
  • Appropriate training will be provided.
  • A review after the first month to ensure the role is right for you.
  • Accommodation in the volunteer hostel for full-time volunteers subject to availability.
  • A suitable reference to help you apply for jobs.

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