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.


Applicants need to be competent birdwatchers and have a BTO ringing C permit with a mist-net endorsement as a minimum requirement. An interest in other aspects of natural history and biological recording is also needed.

The position runs from mid-March to mid-November 2021. Remuneration is £600.00 per calendar month paid mid-month by bank transfer. The Warden is contracted for the period on a self employed basis and is responsible for their own National Insurance payments. Basic, but adequate, accommodation is available on site for which no charge is made including utilities.

The Bird Observatory Warden gets out of this job what they put into it. More information on Landguard Bird Observatory (www.lbo.org.uk), nearby attractions and the adjoining town of Felixstowe can be found via Google.

A job description is available on request. If you require any specifics please don’t hesitate to ask. Please email landguardbo [at] yahoo.co.uk

Seasonal Blue Tit nesting project at Silwood Park, spring 2022

We have one short-term field assistant position to work on the breeding ecology of Blue Tits at Silwood Park campus, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, UK, SL5 7PY. The role involves coordination of fieldwork with a team of students to monitor Blue Tit nest boxes and oak trees, and management of the collected data. Further information about the project can be found in www.imperial.ac.uk/silwood-park/research/silwood-lte/blue-tits/

The successful candidate is expected to stay from 1st of April to about mid-June 2022 and must have a BTO permit to ring adults and chicks of this species from nest boxes. Fieldwork is expected to be intense, particularly during the peak of breeding season, and start early in the morning.

We offer a highly competitive hourly rate, dependent on the level of experience, and the possibility of campus accommodation.

Please apply before Wednesday 11 March with a CV and cover letter that includes the contact information of two referees. Send to Dr. Catalina Estrada, Ecological Analyst and Facility Manager (c.estrada [at] imperial.ac.uk).

Bird monitoring volunteers at BirdLife Cyprus Apr-Jun 2022

BirdLife Cycpus are looking for experienced birders to visit the island as full-time volunteer bird surveyors, to help with the monitoring of breeding bird species during the period from April to June 2022. See


here (PDF, 113.91 KB)
for a description of the activities and the sort of person/people they are looking for. Note: this is not a ringing position.

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