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Position Title:       Assistant Warden

Position Type: 8 month placement contract – March-October 2021 (shorter term placements may be considered for the right candidate)
Terms of contract: Full time volunteer
Closing Date: 21st December 2020
Contact: John Horton
Contact Telephone: +44 (0)1481 822935
Contact email: [email protected]
Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands and is the closest island to both the UK and French coastlines. The Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) was founded in March 2016 and is now fully accredited.

The role of the Assistant Warden is to assist the Warden in the running of the bird observatory on the island of Alderney. The job is best suited to a licensed ringer, or at least a keen birder with some ringing experience and the opportunity exists, if requested, to be assessed by the warden for a ringing licence upgrade during your stay.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the development of a brand new bird observatory which is showing the potential of being one of the British Isles least studied, yet busiest bird migration hotspots.

The main duties of the Assistant Warden include:

  • ringing migrant birds on passage in spring and autumn and ringing breeding seabirds (mostly Gannets, Shags, gulls and Storm Petrels)
  • data entry (ringing and census data)
  • monitoring and recording the island’s visual bird migration and other wildlife
  • to helping maintain ABO sites and facilities
  • assisting the warden dealing with visitors, helping with tours and talks and general maintenance of the observatory will be necessary
  • to work alongside conservation volunteers.

Essential qualities:

  • Ideally a UK ‘C bird ringing permit’ (equivalent permits gained from other European schemes are welcome) or above; consideration may be given to T-permit holders with relevant experience.
  • Relevant Conservation qualifications and field experience including field survey skills for birds. Field survey skills for other taxa would be desirable.
  • Be willing to learn on the job, be intuitive, show initiative and enthusiasm.
  • An ability to work in physically testing conditions.
  • A knowledge of resident British Birds as a minimum
  • A sense of humour.

Desirable qualities:

  • Be very self-motivated and expect to work long hours running the bird ringing, when conditions are favourable
  • Be physically fit and in good health.
  • Have a full clean driving licence.
  • Be able to engage and interact with the public, up to and including running events, giving talks and presentations
  • Have an outgoing personality and be able to integrate quickly into an established team and the wider tight knit island community.
  • The post may suite an active recently retired person, a recent graduate looking for experience or someone looking to develop their skills.

The structure of the post will be as follows:

  • A placement role for the ABO as a full-time (unpaid) member of observatory staff will centre on the monitoring and census research work required to fulfil the Bird Observatory accreditation criteria. However, wherever possible this will allow job flexibility recognising the need for placement staff to obtain paid work to enable their stay on the island.Self-Catering staff accommodation is at The Nunnery, the ABO HQ and field centre. (inclusive of private room, Wi-Fi, and utilities) The placement comes with 1 return flight, or equivalent, to the UK.

How to Apply

Please download and complete the application form and return it to [email protected] The provision of a CV is optional; however, we do ask for a short covering letter (maximum of one side of A4) laying out what you think makes you suitable for this job and what benefit you would take from its undertaking.

If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact [email protected] or call +44 (0) 1481 822954.

The ABO regrets that as a small charity it may not be able to respond to all applications upon receipt.

Initial interviews will be undertaken by Skype or by telephone.

The successful candidate and all other applicants will be informed of the final decision as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the placement at the earliest possible opportunity.