Skomer Island is situated just a mile off the coast of Pembrokeshire and is a haven for incredible wildlife. It is the most important seabird colony in Southern Britain, supporting thousands of Guillemots, Puffins, Razorbills and the worlds largest population of Manx Shearwaters, 316,000 pairs, not to mention the Fulmars, Kittiwakes and other seabirds. In the peak season we welcome up to 250 people per day who all come to witness the incredible wildlife on the island.
One placement running from 25/05/16 until 30/06/16. The seabird monitoring volunteer will be responsible for helping to conduct Manx Shearwater plot counts and assisting with whole island seabird population counts from land and boat. They will also help out with Gull nest counts and monitoring amongst other tasks where necessary.
The applicant will be willing to work long hours in a small boat in potentially uncomfortable sea states, have a hardy nature and be happy to work in all weathers. They will also have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit and happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland.
The main benefit for the applicant will be the experience of island living and working on a high profile conservation site. The applicant will gain knowledge in monitoring techniques, practical wardening, use of the boat, VHF radio and other tools and people engagement.
Accommodation on Skomer is provided as is boat transport to and from the island as well as relevant training.
More information and application forms at www.welshwildlife.org/about-us/jobs