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JOB: Swift Surveyors in Tayside
BE4: 29-05-2020
IV: --(no interview needed)
LOC: Volunteer from home (Tayside)
PAY: N / A
FOR: Tayside Biodiversity Partnership

If you live anywhere in Tayside (Angus, Dundee or Perth & Kinross) we would be very grateful for sightings of flying swifts and knowledge of actual nest sites. This task can be undertaken from your own garden or front door - counting the number of swifts that fly over (and repeating the survey as often as you wish between May and August). Depending on social distancing policy, known or recently-discovered nest sites, plus flying swift colony numbers from elsewhere can also be logged. Not sure of the difference between a swift, house marten or swallow? The link takes you not just to the survey form, but also an ID chart - Time commitment: occasional hour / half hour. If you live in either Forfar or Crieff, please contact as specific swift projects are underway there this year.

JOB: Tayside Recorders' Forum Placement
BE4: 10-05-2020
IV: --
LOC: Volunteer from home
FOR: Tayside Biodiversity Partnership

The online Tayside Recorders’ Forum contact pages are seriously out of date & we urgently need someone to undertake a short home-based desk-top placement to go through the lists of individuals & organisations, contact everyone to ensure the details are correct & to double-check they are all GDPR-compliant. There is flexibility to extend this placement into a second phase whereby additional tasks for the Recorders' Forum can be undertaken, e.g. research & compilation of a new website section for Forum members' events / training opportunities; & the research, compilation & editing of the 2021 Tayside Recorders' Bulletin (deadline end of January 2021); all to be undertaken at home. Flexible, min 5 days. This is a task that can be undertaken at times to suit the volunteer. We are aiming for the lists to be refreshed by the end of July if possible. If anyone can help, please contact Catherine at

JOB: Fundraising Intern
BE4: 30-04-2020
LOC: Anywhere in the world with good internet
PAY: Expenses
FOR: National Biodiversity Network Trust

1/6/20 - 1/9/20. Around 15 hours per week (negotiable). To support the NBN Trust’s Chief Executive with funding projects over the summer months. Projects will include researching donors and drafting proposals. Person Specification: an interest or experience in one or more of nature conservation, biodiversity and data; commitment to our mission and values; excellent written and spoken English language skills; initiative, enthusiasm and a proactive, problem-solving approach to new challenges; excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills; consistency, follow-through, commitment; good skills in the use of MS Office, email & internet; cheerful, hands-on and methodical attitude. The NBN provides digital infrastructure to facilitate the sharing of wildlife information in the UK. By providing easy access to the information people need about wildlife, informed decisions can be made to ensure our natural environment is diverse and sustainable now and in the future. Please send a CV and covering letter detailing why you are interested in the role to

JOB: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats
IV: --
LOC: Manchester area
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

I'm looking for voluntary assistants to help with dusk emergence and dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April / May to September / October inclusive. Applications are accepted throughout but please apply as early as possible. The work can be done around your other commitments, perhaps one to three times a week, possibly including weekends. You have the option of switching to being paid on a freelance basis when suitably experienced. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With over 30 years' experience of working with bats, I offer a learning opportunity for anyone interested in working with bats. Existing experience of watching bats in flight and/or using a heterodyne detector is useful. Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills and a professional approach are vital. Access to a vehicle is usually necessary. There may be an opportunity for you to gain experience of other aspects of bat and bird survey work. Please supply your name and email address for an application pack: 07710184142.

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