Voluntary Position: IOSSRP Seabird Taskforce, Rat Removal Volunteers, Isles of Scilly
|Organisation||Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL)|
|Location:||Isles of Scilly|
|Closing date:||Fri 16 August 13|
|Contact name:||Elizabeth Bell|
The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project is a partnership project (RSPB, Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Natural England, Duchy of Cornwall) The project is funded by LIFE, the EU’s financial instrument for the environment, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is also supported by the Defra-backed Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).
The Isles of Scilly are home to breeding populations of 14 species and approximately 20,000 birds, including storm petrels and Manx shearwaters for which the UK has a global responsibility. Since 1983 these populations have been in decline. The IOSSRP project has a number of aims including the protection and restoration of seabird islands. One of the major threats to the seabirds is predation of eggs and chicks by rats. One phase of this important conservation project is the removal of brown rats from St Agnes and Gugh; this will be completed between October 2013 and April 2014 by Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL) who seek 6 interns to be Seabird Task Force, Rat Removal Volunteers to deploy and monitor rat bait and detection tools around the islands.
Start Date: 29 October 2013
Duration: 5½ months (29 October 2013 to 14 April 2014);
Option 1: Full 5 ½ months
Option 2: 29 October to 23rd December 2013
Option 3: 2nd January to 14 April 2014
[If only available for part of this time (minimum one month), please outline availability and reasoning.]
Accommodation, food, equipment, travel from Penzance to the Islands and full training will be provided by WMIL.
Essential skills – Reasonable level of physical fitness; ability to live and work in a group; excellent observation; good interpersonal skills.
Desirable skills – Previous experience of working with small island communities; use of GPS.
A covering letter, full CV and contact details for two referees should be emailed to Elizabeth (Biz) Bell, Wildlife Management International Limited at firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th August.