The role of volunteers

Volunteers are very important for the ICBP. They help ICBP to be successful by assisting the staff, helping our visitors make the most of their day at the Centre.

Role description

Centre volunteers help support the bird staff in the daily routines of looking after the collection. The daily tasks are based around cleaning the housing, animal areas, baths etc. Although you will not necessarily have direct contact with the birds you will be in close proximity to them all around you and you will be helping the staff who look after them.

Please note this role is not for the faint-hearted! There will be very early starts, and lots of physical activity, often in less than favorable weather conditions! But the payoff is a unique and rewarding experience, giving you an in depth look at what goes on behind the scenes here at the International Centre for Birds of Prey.

About us

The International Centre for Bird of Prey is an international scientific, conservation and education charity whose mission is the conservation of bird of prey and their habitats.

All of our funding comes from people visiting the centre or their the donations that we receive over the year. It is our aim to give them a unique and memorable experience, and hopefully inspire an interest in birds of prey and nature.


We ask for a regular and reliable commitment, to be able to provide the collection with the routine they need and to support our staff in the most efficient way. Please only consider volunteering if you can realistically and regularly make this commitment.

Who are we looking for?

  • Friendly, outgoing people who are articulate, confident, and at ease with visitors.
  • Reliability, commitment and regular attendance
  • An interest in birds of prey and conservation
  • Good levels of physical fitness – you will be on your feet the majority of the day and some tasks will require stamina
  • Good levels of English to enable clear communication and understanding
  • Good initiative and willingness to learn

What do volunteers get out of it?

  • A chance to be in a team of friendly, like-minded people
  • An opportunity to be involved in an international conservation charity
  • Training and an opportunity to learn new skills

How to apply for this volunteer opportunity

Volunteers must be over 18. There is no upper age limit as long as you continue to be fit and active, able and willing to learn and remember new information and adapt to change as the centre develops.