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Volunteering and work experience

We run an extensive volunteer and work experience (from this point on referred to as volunteers) programme at the centre, with up to 10 volunteers on site on any given day. We accept volunteers from all walks of life with a variety of backgrounds and interests the only condition is that you are interested and passionate about the birds and the work we do with and for them. 

We must stress that the majority of the work done at the Centre, although in the long run is for the birds, is not necessarily with them. To keep the centre looking as good as it does and keeping the birds clean, healthy, aviaries well maintained takes a lot of gardening, cleaning, painting, weeding etc and this is not only the majority of the work volunteers help with but also takes up a lot of the staffs time too!

 

There are aspects of volunteering which will get you directly involved with the birds, especially the flying team, but this is dependent on a number of things 

  • Staff availability to teach and supervise volunteers
  • Bird availability to be used off demonstration for working with volunteers 
  • The importance of other priority jobs and getting them finished
  • But also the work ethic and time put in by the volunteer

 

We do have a number of people asking about volunteering, it can be a help to us. We have some very loyal volunteers who enjoy it enough to keep coming back, which makes it extra special for us, the good volunteers really make a huge difference to the Centre.

 
The only thing I always stress to all potential volunteers is the need to understand that 99% of the work here is not with the birds. We all do painting, cleaning, clearing in the wood, gardening, more painting(!) and more gardening, and many other tasks that are around and about the birds but not with them. Once you have been here regularly for a number of weeks and you prove yourself as a regular volunteer, we try to make sure that you get some bird handling, but that does depend on what else is happening at the time, so for example if we have an experience day course on the day you are here, you are less likely to get bird handling as the birds will be used for the experience day customers, they pay!
 
On the other hand once our volunteers are experienced and trustworthy with the birds some of them get to help with handling the birds for the photography days, or experience day courses, so its sort of swings and roundabouts. As long as you are happy with those conditions and understand that much of what we do is hard physical work, then we are happy to have you come, can I suggest that you try a couple of days to see if you like the work, the people here and as importantly - they like you.
 
Just two words of warning, I do not appreciate my staff being put under pressure for bird handling by volunteers, that will happen if and when the volunteer is worthy and ready to handle birds and if we have the time and if it is not detrimental to the birds. The second is if a volunteer does not work according to our standards or fit in which only happens very rarely, I will ask you to leave.
 
All you have to do is email us with your details, and you will be put through to Pippa Halling who will send you a form and we will take it from there. We do not work on the weekends in December and January, only during the week, apart from those two months it is seven days a week. We start work at 8.00 am, volunteers come in between 8.00 and a few not until 10.00, although these get far less bird handling in the long run. We carry on until we have finished!! Which is usually about 5.30, but when you come and go is entirely up to your own time allowances. The more regularly you come the more value you are to us and the birds and the more you will get involved!
 
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Neil Forbs from Great Western Exotic Vets

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International Centre For Birds of Prey

 

Present the perfect course for raptor keepers, falconers, zoos keepers, demonstrators, educationalists in raptor understanding and owl keepers.

 

‘Management of birds of prey for health and longevity’

 

One Day Course

Presented by Neil A Forbes DipECZM(avian) FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Bird Medicine

Two dates available

 

Sunday February 5th 2017

Or

Saturday April 1st 2017

0900h – 1630h

 

At: International Centre for Birds of Prey

Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JJ

 

Cost £85 for one day

 

Includes lunch, refreshments + comprehensive A4 course notes

 

£85.00
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Please phone to book at: 01531 820286

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