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.


Assistant Warden/s - Calf of Man Bird Observatory

Several opportunities exist for volunteer wardens during 2018:

  • migration assistant (April - May)
  • breeding bird assistant (May - August)
  • migration assistant (September - October)

Situated off the south-west tip of the Isle of Man, the Calf is ideally situated as a migration hot-spot along the west coast of Britain. During 2017, over 7,000 birds were ringed, mostly passerine migrants but also many seabirds includng Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Shag and Razorbill. Other resident birds include Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Chough and Raven. 

We are looking for keen birders and ringers to assist with daily census recording and ringing operations and the positions would ideally suit experienced T or C permit holders. The opportunity exists, if requested, to be assessed by the warden for a ringing licence upgrade during your stay.

Volunteers will need to cover their own food expenses and travel to and from the Isle of Man. Transport, by boat, to the Calf of Man and accommodation during your stay at the Bird Observatory will be provided free of charge.

In addition, opportunities for individuals and small groups of ringers to visit and stay at the Observatory free of charge are available during peak migration periods. Visiting ringers would be required to stay for  minimum of seven days but ideally longer periods are preferred.

Applications should be sent by email to calfofman [at] manx.net and be marked for the attention of Aron Sapsford, Ornithological Warden.


Ringer - Strait of Gibraltar BO

The Strait of Gibraltar Bird Observatory, situated at the Jews Gate Field Centre in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, are looking for an experienced A permit Ringer / Trainer to cover all or part of the months of February and March 2018. A good knowledge and experience of migrating Southern Europe passerines is essential. Accommodation is free on a self catering basis. 

For more information please contact Jill Yeoman at yeoman [at] gonhs.org


Zoological Field Assistants – Antarctica

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for three Zoological Field Assistants to carry out fieldwork on seabirds and seals at Bird Island, South Georgia. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated and disciplined individuals with relevant fieldwork skills and a keen interest in wildlife, who will adapt well to small island living in a challenging sub-Antarctic environment. The contracts are for 18 months, preparing, collecting and recording seal and seabird data for a long term science programme. Bird ringing experience is essential for two of the jobs.

Salary: £23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus. BAS provides all necessary training, outdoor and work clothing, and accommodation (whilst in the Antarctic).
Start date: September 2018
Applications closing: 1st April, 2018
Job reference: BAS 16/18

More details and application at: https://www.bas.ac.uk/jobs/vacancy/zoological-field-assistant-antarctica-2/