Field Research Assistants x3

University of Birmingham


Volunteer • Full Time 07432262101 Vicki Pattison-Willits

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Field Research Assistants required to support long-term bird study, University of Birmingham, UK

I am a third year PhD researcher based at the University of Birmingham, UK and am looking to recruit 3-4 volunteer research assistants to assist with a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) nest box monitoring program for the 2018 breeding season. All field work is based in the city of Birmingham and is conducted from the mid March/beginning of April until the end of June.

Position Description: Volunteers will support a variety of tasks as part of a long-term monitoring program investigating the timing of breeding, seasonal breeding success and population dynamics in an urban Blue tit population. Fieldwork will require volunteers to follow established standardised procedures for field data collection and data entry including nest box monitoring to determine lay dates, clutch sizes, hatching dates and fledging success. There will also be an opportunity to be involved in a PIT tagging/field observation study investigating chick feeding patterns.

This is a unique opportunity to gain field work experience in urban ecology and ornithology. I am seeking highly motivated and energetic individuals who will thrive working in a small team, working long days (8+ hours) including early mornings and evenings 6-7 days a week with little time off. Applicants must be available for the entire field work period. The work involves a lot of walking over different types of terrain (between 5-10 miles per day) so you will need to be physically fit. An eye for detail is essential with a proven ability for accurate data collection and entry. Previous experience working in the field or with birds is desirable but certainly not essential and training will be provided. Candidates ideally should have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant subject but I am happy to hear from enthusiastic individuals who are eager to gain experience in this type of project. If this volunteer position sounds like something you would like to get involved with please do get in touch! Transport between field sites will be provided but you must be able to get to the university for the early morning pickup.

Please feel free to contact me for more information. To apply please provide a brief cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements and what you would hope to gain form this position, CV and details of 2 referees. Positions will be advertised until filled.

Contact: Vicki Pattison-Willits

 PhD Researcher/Urban Ecologist 

Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Birmingham


Birmingham, UK

B15 2TT

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