APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THESE POSITIONS. The Residential Summer Volunteer will play a crucial role in supporting the daily operations and activities at Spurn Bird Observatory including actively supporting the wardens on the Little Tern nest protection project, so a reasonable level of bird identification skills using both sight and sound is required for seabirds and waders.
03 January 2024
Duration: Summer Season (11th June until 18th August)
About Spurn Bird Observatory:
Spurn Bird Observatory is a renowned location for birdwatching and conservation situated in an area of great ecological significance. The observatory focuses on monitoring, recording, and conserving birds and their habitats, providing valuable data for research and conservation efforts.
The Residential Summer Volunteer will play a crucial role in supporting the daily operations and activities at Spurn Bird Observatory including actively supporting the wardens on the Little Tern nest protection project, so a reasonable level of bird identification skills using both sight and sound is required for seabirds and waders. The role will involve public engagement around the Little Tern colony so it is essential you are confident to approach members of the public and can communicate in a clear, polite and non confrontational manner. You will also be supporting the Warden and Assistant Warden of the Observatory with maintaining and cleaning the Observatory facilities and keeping pathways and caravan site areas clear.
- Supporting the wardens on the Little Tern Nest Protection Project at Beacon Lagoons
- Assisting with bird surveys, observation, and data collection.
- Participating in habitat maintenance, including pathway upkeep, and habitat restoration projects.
- Engaging with visitors, providing information about the observatory, its mission, and the importance of conservation efforts.
- Assisting with the maintenance and cleaning of Observatory facilities, accommodation and grounds, ensuring a welcoming and functional environment for guests and researchers.
- Contributing to educational programmes or events hosted by the observatory, sharing knowledge about local avian species and conservation practices, such as guided walks.
- Passion for wildlife conservation and a keen interest in ornithology.
- Good bird identification skills, especially those using shoreline habitats during the breeding season: Little Terns, waders, etc.
- Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions and terrain.
- Good communication skills and a friendly, approachable demeanour for engaging with visitors particularly around the Little Tern colony, and fellow volunteers.
- Willingness to learn and follow protocols for data collection and conservation practices.
- Flexibility and adaptability to contribute effectively within a team environment.
- Have a can-do attitude.
- Accommodation provided within the observatory premises.
- Reasonable food and travel expenses.
- Hands-on experience in bird monitoring, conservation practices, species protection work and habitat management.
- Opportunities for networking and learning from experienced ornithologists and conservationists.
- Immersion in a unique natural setting and the chance to witness diverse bird species during migration.
Note: This is an unpaid volunteer position. Volunteers will receive training, accommodation, food and travel expenses, and the invaluable experience of contributing to conservation efforts at Spurn Bird Observatory.
How to Apply:
Closing date for receipt of applications is 23:59 on Sunday 18 February and Interviews will be held virtually week commencing 26 February. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Hunton, Observatory Manager, at email@example.com
To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience to Rob Hunton, Observatory Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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