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Gull ringing volunteer opportunity - Skomer Island, Wales

Matt Wood, April 30, 2015

We're seeking a volunteer to assist with ringing hundreds of lesser black-backed gull chicks, as part of long-term seabird monitoring work on Skomer Island, managed by Dr. Matt Wood at the University of Gloucestershire.

The successful applicant will: work on the island from 4-11 July 2015 (with some flexibility to match the visit to the timing of the breeding season); have a BTO C-permit (or extensive experience on a non UK scheme) and experience of ringing seabirds; have a reasonable level of fitness to work in uneven terrain, potentially inclement weather, and some antisocial hours in the field, working closely with our field assistant and island staff.

We can offer: boat transfers to Skomer; shared accommodation in research quarters; a great experience, but sadly no payment!

To apply, send an email and max 2 page CV to detailing: your seabird ringing and fieldwork experience; relevant examples of 1) working effectively individually and as a team, 2) working in challenging situations, locations and scenarios, and 3) meticulous record keeping; email and phone number for two referees, one of whom must be able to comment of your ringing experience (ideally your BTO trainer)

Closing date for applications: 18 May 2015