Seabird Field Researcher

I’m pleased to announce an outstanding opportunity to join a long-running seabird project in a stunning island location, working with a wider team of dedicated and inspiring researchers and conservation staff. The contract involves the monitoring of six seabird populations of national and international importance, some of current conservation concern: Manx shearwaters, Atlantic puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls. This work continues long-term seabird population studies on Skomer Island that date back to the early 1970s, begun by Prof Chris Perrins at The Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford.


• Observation of seabird study plots, re-sighting ringed individuals

• Ringing of adults and chicks using metal and darvic colour rings

• Maintenance and updating of databases

• Report writing


• Experience of ecological fieldwork, ideally with seabirds

• Direct experience of bird trapping, handling and ringing (a UK BTO ringing permit is desirable, training can be provided)

• Ability to work independently and flexibly, to manage time effectively to meet the fluctuating demands of fieldwork, involving long and/or antisocial hours at peak periods

• A good level of physical fitness to work safely in rough terrain, excellent vision for ring re-sightings using a telescope, and an appetite to work outdoors in a range of weather conditions

• Strong numeracy and computer literacy skills, attention to detail in record keeping and database management

Other information

• Salary approximately £1600pcm (to be confirmed)

• Dates: mid-April to mid-August 2017 (16 weeks)

• Living on Skomer Island for the duration of the contract, with some opportunities to visit the mainland for food shopping etc.

• Accommodation provided, sharing research quarters with the wider team of researchers on the island


CV and covering letter to by 15 January 2017. Please include specific examples of the skills and experience that demonstrate your ability to successfully undertake this contract, and the contact details of at least two referees who would be willing to support your application, one of whom must be able to comment on your bird ringing skills and experience. Skype interviews will take place shortly after the closing date, with the successful applicant being offered the contract by the end of January. Informal enquiries are welcome.

Dr. Matt Wood, University of Gloucestershire

13 December 2016

For a flavour of what this opportunity can offer…

• BBC Radio 4 The Night Island, featuring a previous researcher who held this contract

• Prof Tim Birkhead’s (now more than…) 40 years of work on Skomer’s guillemots