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Job Advert : Seabird Field Assistant

Location: UK seabird colonies

Salary: Salary at grade 04S point 1. Any travel between field sites + field accommodation are

also covered.

Duration: May 15th- August 15th 2024

OxNav is seeking a Field Assistant for a 3-month duration (from May 15th to August 15th) to aid

in gathering Manx Shearwater tracking data. OxNav, a research group in the Department of

Biology, University of Oxford, focuses on studying seabird movement and navigation.

The primary responsibility of the Field Assistant involves supporting projects aimed at deepening

our understanding of shearwater behaviour, thereby contributing valuable insights for more

informed assessments related to offshore wind activities. This role will mainly entail assisting in

tracking Manx shearwaters across three SPA seabird colonies: Skomer, Rum, and Lighthouse

Island (Copelands). The position requires the Field Assistant to reside at field sites alongside a

small team of seabird biologists.

Manx shearwaters, a member of the procellariform seabirds, commonly nest in burrows, with the

majority of the global breeding population concentrated in the UK. Since shearwaters are

nocturnal, most tracking activities will take place at night, requiring the Field Assistant to be

prepared for consecutive night shifts during tracking periods. Fieldwork, and access to at least

one of the field sites, is physically demanding. This opportunity is well-suited for an individual

seeking to acquire field experience and pursue a career in seabird biology. The role requires a

positive attitude toward fieldwork, as well as a willingness to live and work in remote locations

alongside a small team.


• Assisting in shearwater tracking through monitoring study burrows, bird handling and

aiding with the deployment of biotelemetry devices where necessary

• Aiding in the day-to-day running of the field site, for example maintaining and locating

study burrows

• Supporting the programming, testing, and preparation of biotelemetry devices for


• Contributing to long-term data where necessary through monitoring chick growth, key

phenological dates and taking measurements of egg size.

• Assisting with OxNavs ongoing research projects and navigation studies where necessary

• Uploading and recording data in a clear and organised fashion, spotting discrepancies and

proposing refinements where necessary

• Entering data and maintaining databases

• Maintaining equipment and contributing to the general cleanliness and upkeep of the field


Selection criteria


• Educated to at least degree level or equivalent qualification in biology or related discipline

• Strong attention to detail, with the ability to organise field activities and record data in a

clear and organised fashion

• Proficient in practical skills, adept at applying hands-on abilities effectively in various

tasks and situations.

• Possesses strong teamwork abilities and excellent interpersonal skills, adept at living and

working harmoniously within a team environment

• IT skills including a knowledge of Word, Excel (i.e. data basing) and Powerpoint


• Ability to organise your own work load and take initiative as appropriate

• Enthusiastic about seabird biology with a strong desire to build a career in this field

• Knowledge of health and safety regulations

• Right to work in the UK


• Experience of handling or ringing seabirds

• Previous fieldwork experience working in remote locations

• Clean UK driving licence

• BTO ringing or trainee ringing permit

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from early February 2024. For further

information contact

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and cover


As an equal opportunities’ employer, the University of Oxford is committed to fostering an

inclusive and diverse environment. We strive to create a workplace that promotes fairness,

equality, and respect for all members of our community, ensuring that everyone has an equal

opportunity to thrive and succeed.

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