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.
Neil Forbs from Great Western Exotic Vets
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
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
Please phone to book at: 01531 820286