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.


Five short-term field assistant positions are available to work collecting data on the breeding biology of Blue Tits and Great Tits, based at the Edward Grey Institute, Dept of Zoology, University of Oxford.

Each post is available for two months full time, from approximately Monday 1st April to Friday 31st May 2019. The main duties of the post-holders will be to carry out fieldwork at Wytham Woods, near Oxford, and to assist in the collation and input of data. Further details about the project see www.WythamTits.com. The hours are variable, but will include some weeks of very intensive fieldwork (the exact dates of the period of intensive work cannot be specified as it depends on the timing of the spring each year).

Successful candidates must have (or be qualified to obtain) a BTO permit to ring adult and nestling tits, be able to demonstrate skill and enthusiasm for biological research as well as experience of fieldwork under arduous conditions, and of working as part of a team. Informal inquiries about the positions should be emailed to Dr Ella Cole (eleanor.cole [at] zoo.ox.ac.uk).

The posts are based in a dynamic and expanding research-active institute, of c. 50 people, fully integrated within the Department of Zoology. Further details about the institute available at: http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/egi/.

Salary: All field assistants will be accommodated in a large shared house close to Wytham Woods free of charge (utility bills and council tax included) and will each receive an additional £2,000 living expenses for the duration of the post.

Start date: 1st April 2019

To apply: please email a CV, together with a covering letter explaining your interest and skills plus the email addresses of two referees to Ms Lynne Bradley, PA to Professor Ben Sheldon (ben.sheldon.pa [at] zoo.ox.ac.uk).

Closing date: Sunday 17th February. All applications will be acknowledged. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in the last week of February 2019.