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

An opportunity exists for a volunteer warden during 2018:

  • 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 a keen birder and ringer to assist with daily census recording and ringing operations and the position would ideally suit an experienced T or C permit holder. 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.