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.


Alderney Bird Observatory Trust Ltd - Autumn Migration Assistant

Position type: Seasonal from 1 September to mid-November 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the developing new bird observatory on Alderney. It is showing the potential of being one of the British Isles’ least studied, yet busiest bird migration hotspots.

The Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) was founded in March 2016. 2017 was the ABO’s second, and final pilot year, after which we progressed to become an independent company ‘Alderney Bird Observatory Trust Ltd’.

The role of the Migration Assistant is in the running of the ABO, including the day-to-day support of the Warden in his work.

The job is best suited to a licensed ringer, OR a capable birder able to complete daily census work recording migration. Large numbers of passerines are anticipated with around 5,000 birds ringed each autumn.

The opportunity exists, if requested, for a ringing license upgrade to be assessed by the Warden during your stay.

The position is voluntary. Self-catering accommodation is provided with utility bills included. There are opportunities to take part-time work on the island in parallel with this position and potential for a flexible timetable to enable duel working if required.

This position is ideal for an experienced ringer or birder. It would also suit a ringer who is retired or birder looking for a unique experience. A younger ringer looking to dramatically expand their experience, improve their abilities and develop their C.V. would also find the post attractive.

We are looking to develop this role into a full-time paid position of Assistant Warden.

For further details Contact ABO Warden John Horton

Tel 07815 549191 or 01481 822954

Email abo.warden [at] outlook.com