Work-Based Animal Care Apprenticeships

The Hawk Conservancy Trust offers a limited number of apprenticeships.

In 2013, our Education Officer, Miriam Nicholls, teamed up with KEITS (Keeping Excellence in Training Standards) to provide an apprenticeship scheme for young people with a passion for birds of prey and a wish to pursue a career in animal care.

Qualifications in Work-Based Animal Care are for dedicated individuals who want to gain a nationally-recognised qualification that could see them working in roles such as falconry and raptor rehabilitation through to zoo keeper or animal technician.

Current apprenticeship vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an apprentice to join our world-class team of bird staff and contribute to the success of this internationally renowned conservation charity and highly-rated visitor attraction.

Download the full job description and person specification

Please submit a CV together with a covering letter, noting the role for which you are applying, to hr@hawkconservancy.org or by post to Human Resources, Hawk Conservancy Trust, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY.

Over 12-15 months, apprentices cover a wide range of units from the basics of raptor husbandry to the more complex elements of working with, caring for and flying birds of prey. The course includes the study of the health and welfare of animals in general, including diet, accommodation and handling.

During this time, apprentices also take an active part in our team, contributing to the day to day running of the Trust. This could include taking part in our daily flying displays or rehabilitating birds in our National Bird of Prey Hospital™, while at the same time gaining invaluable hands-on training from the dedicated and passionate staff we have here at the Trust.

Did you know?
Falcons have small cartilageous structures in the middle of their nares that create turbulence as air rushes towards their face during a high-speed stoop.
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