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Curlew Life Research Assistant (Technical)

Reference: JAN20235923
Glenwherry, Antrim Hills / Antrim Plateau
£21,622.00 - £23,987.00 Per Annum
Full-Time - Five months

Are you passionate about species conservation? Interested in gaining valuable research experience, while working with one of the UKs most recognisable and most threatened bird species?

RSPB NI is looking for an enthusiastic individual with experience in nest finding and brood monitoring of breeding birds for a five-month post in the Antrim Hills.

Northern Ireland Curlew specifically have declined by 82% since the 80’s, with only an estimated 150 pairs left we are in a race against time to stabilise and reverse this population decline.

What's the role about?

As part of a bigger UK project funded through the EU LIFE programme to halt the population declines, RSPB NI aims to deliver landscape-scale conservation at our two key research sites; Glenwherry and Lough Erne.

Glenwherry has the highest concentration of Curlew outside of an RSPB reserve in Northern Ireland. And within the last two years, Glenwherry has established itself as a forefront in curlew conservation in the UK and Ireland. Producing enough chicks in the last two seasons to be optimistic that we might have turned the tides for this iconic species within the site.

Your role will be to collect data on breeding ecology of curlew. This will include nest finding and erecting nest protection fences, while also tracking broods to assess survival and habitat use, data entry and assistance with vegetation surveys. The post holder will need to have previous experience in finding and monitoring wader nests.

Key activities will include:

  • Nest location and monitoring of Curlew.
  • Nest protection, including erecting and maintaining electrified predator proof fence.
  • Nest camera installation and maintenance
  • Conducting modified Brown and Shepard breeding wader surveys.


  • Relevant degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Practical experience of locating/monitoring nests (including nestling biometrics) (waders)
  • Ability to identify a wide range of British birds by sight and sound, specifically waders and farmland birds.
  • Ability to undertake demanding fieldwork in remote areas for long hours and in poor weather.
  • Ability to work under own initiative with limited supervision, whether alone or as part of a small team
  • Ability to navigate using a map, compass and GPS.
  • Capable of keeping accurate and legible records of data collected in the field.

Closing: Monday 13th February 2023

To complete your application online, please CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 13/02/2023  Location: Glenwherry, Antrim

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