Aviaries Carpenter "Toy Maker" Volunteer

VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION: carpenter ‘toy maker’ Volunteer

A fit person who is creative and has a love of animals and an even greater interest in birds. This person needs to have skills in carpentry/DIY, so that they can offer a more enriched living environment by creating wooden structures and toys for climbing or playing on and combining these skills with the use of ropes in creating interesting structures. Being able to make puzzles, hanging foraging blocks, wooden trays, play stands and climbing frames while ensuring that they are hung safely and securely for the birds to enjoy under minimal supervision would be great.

 Reporting to:

Aviaries Manager and experienced team members within the section.


Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Days or Hours Required:

·         Flexible, 7 days a week, any day available.  Offering flexible times between 10am-3pm winter and 10am-4pm summer.

Description of duties:

·         Must be confident to go into an aviary with parrot’s present (supervised) to attach ropes and wooden toys, puzzles or frames, to different structures.

·         DIY jobs as required with the ability to use a power drill safely, attaching carabenas or anchors into the wall or to combine different thickness of rope etc.

Skills and Experience you will need:

·         Experience and skills with working at heights (previous ladder training required).

·         Polite and engaging manner and happy to talk to visitors.

·         Confident to work alone and in small teams.

·         Happy to work outdoors in all weathers (although mostly under cover).

·         Ability to use work mate and other DIY tools.

·         Some carpentry/ DIY skills and experience would be helpful such as the ability to safely use power drill safely, attaching carabenas or anchors into the wall or to combine differing thickness ropes together etc.

·         Some experience of different types of knots and uses of natural rope.

·         Ability to cope with a physical role involving lifting and carrying.

·         Have some experience and knowledge of best practice and co-operate with Raystede policies and procedures for health and safety.

·         Own transport to get to and from Raystede.

How you will make a difference:

You will have very specific skills that will make such a huge difference to the parrot’s aviary life. You will be creating a better and more enriched living environment, which will stimulate the birds both mentally and physically.

 What we offer you:

·         A volunteer uniform.

·         Suitable Personal Protective Equipment.

·         Support and on-going training in your chosen role where possible.

·         Mixing within a friendly team.

How to apply:

Download and complete our volunteer application form and send to:


HR & Volunteering Team, Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5AJ



To apply please download our application form and email it to us at or telephone our team on 01825 880491.  

Please note we do not accept CV's

If you have not heard from us within two weeks, thank you for your application, however please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

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