Contract: Fixed Term – 30 months
Salary: £17,046 per annum
Employer: The University of Edinburgh
Closing Date: Sunday 1 December
Your time will mainly be spent within our bio-secure indoor poultry sheds though some office-based work will be required. Close training and supervision will be given with independent tasks allocated as your skills develop.
The University of Edinburgh offers an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished employer. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits.
The National Avian Research Facility (NARF) is based at the Easter Bush Campus in Midlothian and the team’s primary objective is the provision of exceptional animal husbandry and welfare. Birds are held within two on campus poultry units and fulfil a vital role as a research tool. Chicks are hatched and reared from eggs incubated on site with close care and monitoring at all stages. Carefully considered breeding programmes allow for the shipment of genetically unique eggs to national and international collaborators. Accurate data recording is crucial for effective scientific research so a keen eye for detail is essential.
We would like two Modern Apprentices to join our small friendly team across both poultry units. Your time will mainly be spent within our bio-secure indoor poultry sheds though some office-based work will be required. Close training and supervision will be given with independent tasks allocated as your skills develop. Work can be physically demanding with the potential for exposure to respiratory allergens. Strict adherence to health and safety legislation, risk assessments and correct use of personal protective equipment is essential.
What might a day in this job look like?
Daily activities can vary greatly. Essential husbandry tasks such as welfare checks and feeding take place first thing in the morning. Daily egg collection coupled with weekly incubation and hatching. Arranging birds into breeding cohorts, administering vaccinations and assisting with research projects on a regular basis.
What will I learn?
What Qualifications / Qualities are required?