Accepting volunteers from all walks of life with a variety of backgrounds and interests.
If you are interested in volunteering with Raptor World, then this page aims to provide you with more information about what Raptor World offers and what Raptor World expects from volunteers, while also telling you more about the role.
First and foremost, anyone considering volunteering should work out what it is that they want to get out of being a volunteer. Please read this page carefully before making your decision. Raptor World does not guarantee every candidate who offers to volunteer will be offered a volunteer role as there is a limit to how many volunteers Raptor World can have.
The Recruitment Process
The Process to begin volunteering with Raptor World is as follows:
1) Contact Raptor World with a short introduction to themselves explaining why you would like to volunteer with Raptor World
2)You will be invited for an short informal interview to asses your interest in the role.
3) You will be invited to complete a trail day in which you will be introduced to both staff & birds, as well as confirming your suitability.
4) Once the trial has been passed, you will be accepted as a Raptor World volunteer and begin your falconry journey.
The Ideal Candidate
.A typical working day at Raptor World can often be busy and run according to a set schedule. Raptor World is very public facing; open to visitors every day of the year. Raptor World also conducts other falconry services such as bird handling experiences, daily flying demonstrations, as well as answering visitor queries, and outreach in the local area. As such, there are a number of characteristics Raptor World is looking for in an ideal candidate for volunteering.
- You must be outgoing, sociable, and confident at dealing with people, especially members of the public. A level of confidence, coupled with good communication skills, are needed to be able to serve customers and work effectively as part of the Raptor World team
- You must be prepared to work outdoors and in all weather conditions. Even when it is cold, wet, snowing, etc., the birds still need to be fed, flown, and cleaned up after. Raptor Worlds falconers are outside most of the time.
- You are not squeamish; you must be prepared to handle the birds’ food. You should be prepared to handle and prepare raw meat, training will be provided to ensure this is done safely.
- Prepared to get your hands dirty. Part of the work you would be doing as a volunteer will involve cleaning up after the birds, such as cleaning the overnight accommodation (mews and aviaries) This can often be very physical and very dirty. You will, however, get to do some nicer jobs as well, such as being involved with flying the birds and learning falconry skills, such as feeding birds on your glove, tying the falconer’s knot, helping with our flying demonstrations and taking part in other activities in and around the Centre. If there is anything you want to learn in particular, or if there is something you want to get involved with, just ask.
Raptor World prides itself in being a rewarding place to volunteer, having had many volunteers stay volunteering for numerous years and grow their skills & confidence, becoming a valued asset to the team.