Opportunities for ringers
Opportunities for ringers holding a valid BTO permit will be posted on this page as and when they become available. These may be paid opportunities, but some may be voluntary positions or just opportunities to gain additional ringing experience. If you wish to advertise an opportunity or position on this page, please email ruth.walker [at] bto.org.
Job opportunities at the BTO will be advertised separately on the BTO job vacancies page.
Bird Island Science Manager at British Antarctic Survey
predators (seals, albatrosses, penguins and petrels) at Bird Island. This
includes: management of Bird Island, including infrastructure, databases,
purchasing, equipment, development of new technologies, public outreach,
permits, risk assessment, liaison with Operations, Corporate Services, Science
etc.; recruiting, directing and supporting the six zoological field assistants;
managing the bird ringing and tracking programmes; managing and developing the
long-term monitoring and demography databases; personal scientific research as
lead and in support of other members of Ecosystems and external collaborators;
applying for external grants as PI or Co-I; publishing papers as lead or co-
author in peer-reviewed journals. The post holder may also be required to
provide specialist support across the Ecosystems Team and other science teams
Volunteer Assistant Wardens at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory
Subject to the Isle of Man borders opening fully at the end of June, we are looking to fill a couple of positions for Volunteer Assistant Wardens for the autumn passage period (August – mid November) at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory. Candidates should ideally hold a C permit and have excellent bird id skills - advanced T-permit holders may be considered. Interest in sea-watching and visible migration counts and the ability to identify birds from call would be advantageous.
Individuals and small groups of ringers are also welcome to stay and assist at the Observatory, although a minimum stay of two weeks is suggested due to the logistics of travelling to and from the Calf and the Isle of Man
Accommodation is provided free of charge at the Observatory and potential of weekly allowance/contribution towards food costs may be available for long-term volunteers.
For further information please contact Aron Sapsford calfbirdwarden [at] mwt.im (@Calf of Man Bird Warden)
Migration blog (22nd – 28th October)
Many bird watchers have been lamenting on what a poor autumn it has been so far for migration, with numbers of common, scarce, and expected rare species down on what would normally be expected.