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The Animal Health and Welfare Research Centre (AHWRC) is going through an exciting period of change and development. The position of AHWRC Technician – Birds will be integral to supporting our stance on ensuring the husbandry and care of the species housed on the AHWRC are of the highest standard and enhance the delivery of practical training to our learners.
The bird section of the AHWRC is an area that is undergoing significant development and will see a number of exciting new species coming into the collection, a number of which have conservation and research value. The AHWRC bird collection has a strong focus around hornbills with a number of species housed within the collection already and more to follow.
The post holder will:
- Be responsible for the day-to-day husbandry of a range of bird species, both domestic and exotic. There are plans to increase and diversify the species housed on this section so a desire to learn and implement new husbandry and care techniques is essential.
- Support and provide cover on other sections of the AHWRC as and when necessary.
- Work closely with other AHWRC staff to ensure high standards of animal husbandry, both directly and through providing supervision and support to students in practical husbandry sessions, to achieve exemplary standards in animal care, training and the learner experience.
Candidates should be educated to at least Level 2 in a relevant vocational subject and be able to demonstrate significant practical experience and expertise with a range of bird species.
A positive and flexible approach to a varied workload, real enthusiasm for the animals you work with, and an affinity for working with and engaging young learners are required. Some educational or supervisory experience would be advantageous. The practical skills to maintain and improve enclosures are also sought. The role entails weekend and Bank Holiday working on a rota basis.
Closing Date: 15 August 2022
We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the stated closing date if sufficient applications are received.
- Eligibility to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (a defined benefit pension scheme)
- Death Benefit grant of 3 x salary if in the pension scheme
- Free on-site parking
- Car Share Scheme
- Occupational Sick Pay Scheme
- Occupational Maternity Pay Scheme
- Flexible Working Policy
- Holiday entitlement of 22 days (rising to 25 days after 5 years’ service) plus entitlement along with college closure days at Xmas.
- Access to an employee assistance scheme
- Free Library membership
- On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per annum)
- Gym classes at the Sparsholt campus
- Facility to purchase Sparsholt produce including: plants, fruit & vegetables, fish and game.
- Access to discounted hair treatments at the Andover campus
- Ability to access a range of CPD events and support with undertaking professional qualifications
- Various food outlets and eateries offering good value food and drink at competitive prices
There is a nursery on the Sparsholt campus operated by a commercial provider