Closing date: 29th November 2013
Employer: Birdwatch Ireland
Location: Kilcoole, Co. Wiclow
Contract: Part-time, 6 months (until June 2014)
Salary: €20,000-€24,000 full time equivalent
Application: Click here.
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BirdWatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. Established in 1968, we currently have over 15,000 members and supporters and a local network of 28 branches nationwide. The primary objective of BirdWatch Ireland is the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland through the efforts of our staff, members and volunteers alike.
Project: Dublin Bay Birds Project
Dublin Bay is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) based on the wintering waterbirds that it supports. It is internationally important for Light-bellied Brent Goose, Knot, Black-tailed Godwit and Bar-tailed Godwit, and supports nationally important numbers of a further 18 species. The high concentrations and assemblages of waterbirds in Dublin Bay make the site particularly important in its own right and in the context of Irish estuaries. Furthermore this site is located in close proximity to other internationally important waterbird sites, namely Baldoyle Bay, Broadmeadow Estuary and Rogerstown Estuary in Dublin and the Murrough Wetland Complex further south in Wicklow. Anecdotal reports support regular movements of waterbirds between these sites in winter, although no efforts have yet been in place to quantify the extent of these movements. Assessing the impacts of any changes occurring in the bay and having appropriate ‘baseline’ data is particularly important, and Dublin Port Company is supporting a programme of waterbird monitoring within Dublin Port and Dublin Bay whose primary objective is to gather detailed information on how waterbirds use the site for both foraging and roosting and in key periods of the year.
The post-holder will be expected to assist with and participate in an extensive programme of waterbird monitoring within Dublin Port and Dublin Bay. This will include thorough censuses of the distribution and abundance of wintering waterbirds during different tidal states throughout Dublin Bay, nocturnal surveys, radio-tracking, gull censuses and all-day vantage point surveys within Dublin Port. He/ she will also contribute to a programme of catching and marking a selection of wader species with colour rings, and promoting resightings among members of the public. A small selection of these birds will be radio-tracked to examine usage within the bay.
Excellent fieldwork and bird identification skills, and an ability to count large numbers of waterbirds. Full and clean driving license
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