Title of post: Bird Staff and Conservation Assistant
Salary: up to £18,500
Post:  Full time (initial 6 months probationary period) 40 hrs per week – 5 days over 7 including weekends and bank holidays on a rota.
Principal location of work: Newent, Gloucestershire with flexibility to travel to other sites for specific tasks if required
Immediate line manager:  Curator
Qualifications required for post: BSc or equivalent in a relevant scientific subject
Other desirable qualifications: Further or Additional Higher Educational qualifications
Experience required for post: Please see person specification below for details.

Overall purpose of post and main duties: 

  • Assist with cleaning and maintaining aviaries and general site maintenance, such as painting etc 
  • Assist with training and flying birds of prey for demonstrations and other visitor experiences
  • Assist your team colleagues in all relevant duties. 
  • Assist with guided tours of the Centre and the cover of school visits and outreach events when necessary.
  • Develop your understanding and knowledge of the birds in the collection, including your understanding of conservation issues in relation to projects undertaken by the Centre
    • Oversee the day-to-day work, monitoring and record keeping of specified project/s at ICBP
    • Assist in the collation and analysis of data collected from specified projects. 
    • Be familiar with legislation relating to relevant conservation project/s, such as health and safety, CITES regulations and the Wildlife and Countryside Act etc.
    • Foster the Centre’s relationship with our partners and other conservation organisations. 
    • Work closely with management and other bird staff team members with regards to conservation project/s. Ensure your line manager is consulted and updated regularly.  
    • Encourage good relationships with all other centre departments. Network with other zoo professionals to maintain good relationships between the centre and external organisations. 
  • Any other duties as instructed by the Curator or Director of the Centre

Closing date: 28/05/2021

Initial interviews: 9th & 10th of June for via video call

Secondary interviews and workday dates: 15th & 16th of June 2021

Please submit a letter of application together with a CV to careers@icbp.org 


Person specification

International Centre for Birds of Prey
Title of post: Bird Staff

Specification Essential Desirable
1.  Education/Training
  • BSc or equivalent in a relevant scientific subject ie; Zoology; Conservation Biology etc. 
  • Further or additional higher education qualifications
  • Post graduate study or projects
2.  Relevant Experience
  • Ability to demonstrate working with birds of prey
  • Ability to demonstrate flying / training birds of prey
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate being a team player
  • Experience with a variety of bird of prey species of varying sizes
  • Experience of public flying demonstrations or similar public speaking
  • Experience in a bird of prey centre or zoo setting
3.  Relevant Skills/Aptitudes
  • Interpersonal/team working skills
  • Public speaking / presentation skills
  • Ability to work with a varied team including volunteers
  • Problem solving and creativity
  • Willingness to actively seek and act on advice 
  • Basic practical DIY skills 
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow strict protocols
  • Understanding of research relevant to the role
  • Desire to learn / improve your knowledge and skills
  • Advanced DIY skills 
4.  Special Requirements
  • Full driving licence 
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work weekends, bank holidays and some evenings 
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience of conservation projects, data collection and monitoring