Thank you for your interest in our work experience programme.

Please read all of the information below carefully before completing your application form on the next page. We receive a high volume of applications and advise that you apply in plenty of time to secure your required dates.

Placements are offered Monday - Friday for five days. You will be based in the Discovery Barn with the Entertainments team and will report to the Entertainments Team Supervisor.
This is a customer facing role and will help you to develop excellent customer service skills, gain confidence talking to adults and children and learn how to handle small animals safely.

Activities that you might be asked to undertake include:

- Spending time in the Discovery Barn interacting with visitors and handing out chicks and rabbits. It’s likely that you will be asked lots of questions about the animals that we keep - don’t worry! We don’t expect you to be a farming expert, just politely explain that you are here on work experience and find a member of staff to answer the question for you (we won’t be far away); this is the best way for you to learn the answers too.

- Helping with bottle feeding.

- Candle a tray of incubating eggs (we shine a torch onto each egg to see if a chick is developing inside).

- Feeding and mucking out animals.

- Putting chickens away and collecting eggs.

We will also make sure that you have the opportunity to watch all of our demonstrations and ride the Farm Safari.
Please Note: this is a customer facing role and is unlikely to involve trips to the main farm.

A typical day:
During this time the Farm Park is closed to the public. We use the mornings to muckout and feed all the animals. You will be needed to help clean animal enclosures, collect eggs and make sure everyone has been fed and watered.

Break time! You will head down to the staff room with the rest of the team. It’s a good idea to bring a snack to eat for this break as you will be working hard! Hot drinks and water are provided. Please use the toilet to change into your branded work top.

The park opens to the public. You will need to be back in the Discovery Barn ready for the day by 10:30. The Entertainments Team Supervisor will provide you with jobs for the day and let you know when you are going for lunch.

12:30pm (ish)
You will be allocated a 30 minute lunch slot with a couple of members of the team. They will come and find you and make sure you get to the staff room ok.

You will continue working with the Entertainments team.

We are winding down for the day. The team take it in turns to go and put chickens away and move larger stock into their night-time fields. You may stay in the Discovery Barn to supervise the last few members of the public or you might find yourself helping the team outside.

5:00pm is hometime! It's a long work day, so get an early night :).
What should I bring?
- Please wear dark jeans and sturdy footwear (walking boots or wellies are preferred).
- We recommend you wear an old t-shirt or jumper for the morning routine as they are likely to get a little mucky.
·You will be provided with a branded t-shirt and jumper to wear during our opening hours, please make sure these are kept clean and that they are returned on your last day. A £10 deposit will be required on Monday morning, please make sure that you have this with you.
- It’s also worth bringing a spare change of clothes in a separate bag to leave here during the week in case of spillages or inclement weather. This can be left in the Entertainments Team office during the week.
- Depending on the time of year we also recommend that you bring a waterproof jacket (and trousers if you have them), sun hat and sun cream.
- We recommend that you bring lunch and snacks as our on-site food outlets can get very busy. Water and hot drinks will be available in the staff room.
Important Safety Considerations
All animals carry germs which can make us unwell. You will be given an induction covering our contact and non-contact areas and shown the handwashing stations. It is your responsibility to maintain high standards of personal hygiene whilst working with animals and to follow the instructions that we give. Antibacterial wipes and gels are not effective against animal germs and are not a suitable alternative to handwashing.

Please note that this placement is not suitable for anyone with allergies to animals, dust or animal bedding.

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* 1. Please confirm that you have read and understood all of the information above. You will need to click Yes in order to complete your application.

Data Protection
At Cotswold Farm Park, we're committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
The personal data collected from you during your application process will not be used to contact you about anything other than your work experience placement. Your email address will not be added to our mailing lists and we will never share your data with third parties. The information you disclose will be handled responsibly and in-line with data protection laws.

Some or all of the information you provide in your application form may need to be passed on to potential supervisors, either electronically or by being kept securely in hard copy format.

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