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Volunteer Seabird Fieldworker

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   Scotland (North)
Town/City   Handa Island, Highlands
Salary   None, accommodation provided, plus some travel allowance and food allowance
Type   Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status   Full Time
Level   Voluntary & Interns
Deadline   31/03/2020
Company Name   Scottish Wildlife trust
Contact Name   Peter Gilbert
Telephone   0131 312 7765
Email   pgilbert@swt.org.uk
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Duties (with estimate of work time occupied as a %): Note this can vary and is only a rough guide to the role.

Monitoring (50%)

  • Carry out population and productivity counts for kittiwake, fulmar, guillemot and razorbill;
  • Carry out cetacean, plants and general biological recording (you are of course free to carry out more in your spare time if you’d like to);
  • Assist with the Handa Skua Project;
  • Assist with rat monitoring on a monthly basis.

Landing visitors and providing information (30%- approx. 2 days per week)

  • Assist with disembarking and embarking of ferry passengers using the portable jetty;
  • Invite visitors to Visitor Shelter and present a 5-minute welcome and safety talk.

Path maintenance (10%)

  • Constructing and repairing boardwalk;
  • Aggregate path maintenance, clearing vegetation and footpath drainage;
  • Carrying out regular inspections and recording findings.  

Practical duties (10%)

  • Beach cleaning;
  • Firewood collection;
  • Maintaining the bothy and its water system;
  • Assisting with management of the composting toilet;
  • Sign maintenance and any other duties as and when they arise.

The Seabird Fieldworker must have:

  • Prior wildlife monitoring experience;
  • Be comfortable working at heights and around cliffs;
  • A flexible attitude to working hours and communal living;
  • The ability to thrive in a communal environment, with minimal personal space;
  • Good level of health and fitness;
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently and as part of a tight team;
  • Good communication skills;
  • A love of being outside- whatever the weather!

It would be good for the Seabird Fieldworker to have:

  • Prior seabird monitoring experience;
  • Good practical experience and ability with a variety of hand tools;
  • Good all-round wildlife knowledge;
  • Desire to pursue career in conservation.

Having your own transport is something you will find very useful, but this is not essential for the role.

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