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Mar 6, 2017

Bird Section Intern Position


Paradise Wildlife Park
Hertfordshire

Paradise Wildlife Park currently has a vacancy for a six-month internship working with our Bird Keepers on a voluntary basis.
 
Our six-month Internship offers a practical work placement within our bird section. The successful applicant will be working full-time 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, five days a week (including regular weekend work).
 
The Bird Section is responsible not only for the husbandry of the bird species housed at PWP (including a breeding group of African penguins), but also for 2 free flight bird shows daily. The bird shows include a variety of species, including raptors and psittacines, among others. Therefore the main focus of this team is on training as opposed to incubation and rearing techniques.
The team are also actively involved in the mixed taxa shows on the zoo, and the intern will be trained to participate in these.
The intern will learn aspects of managing birds for free flight shows including diet preparation, general husbandry and enclosure maintenance and following protocols set by the Section Leader. The intern may be required to maintain trained behaviours such as daily weighing. The intern will be expected to learn keeper talks relevant to the section, present bird shows, and will be trained to deliver public experiences such as ‘Shadow a Keeper’ and ‘Feed the Penguins’.
The intern will be supporting the full time bird staff through the peak season, and in return will gain hands on experience in a busy zoo environment. Full training will be given however experience with positive reinforcement training and its role in zoos would be advantageous.
The ability to work as part of a team is essential as are excellent communication skills. Proficiency in public speaking or confidence to learn is necessary in this role.
Applicants must be hard working, conscientious and uphold high standards of animal husbandry and welfare. Applicants must be willing to assist with other areas of the park, including tours, general maintenance and upkeep of public areas.
Applicants must be 18 years old or over, therefore our internships are well-matched to those taking a gap-year between Further Education and Higher Education, sandwich placements or those who have already graduated from University/College, having studied in a related subject.  This internship would suit someone wishing to gain experience as grounds for their first zoo animal keeping position.
This position is voluntary and therefore unpaid. Paradise Wildlife Park are unable to pay travel expenses or provide any accommodation for this position so we recommend applicants to be within suitable travel distance for the duration of this placement. We recognise that this position takes a level of commitment from individuals and therefore we aim for interns to come away with experience that will help them in their future careers. Interns will receive zoo uniform, in-house training, staff catering discounts, a portfolio record to complete and a full reference.
 
Expected duties:
• Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. food prep, feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision etc.
• General site and enclosure maintenance.
• Undertake and record animal observations (interns are able to carry out specific research projects at the park during this time if this is of interest to them).
• Visitor interaction and delivery of keeper talks, animal shows, encounters and tours (E.g. ‘Feed the Penguins Experience’)
• Over seeing work experience and volunteers at the direction of the keepers.
 
Requirements:
• An animal science related qualification.
• Previous animal-related work experience.
• Good communication skills.
• Adaptable for a flexible rota.
• Able to work in a team and independently.
• Physically fit for the demands of this role.
• 18 years +
 
 
Please note that Paradise Wildlife Park also offers internships on our Paddocks, Small Mammal, Reptile and Primate section throughout the year, so look out for future vacancies if those sections are of interest to you.
 
Preferred start date: March 2017
 
This opening will close once a suitable candidate has been selected so please send applications as soon as possible.


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