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  • Spotted Flycatcher Field Assistant

    Guest Stuart Sharp
    • Employer: Lancaster University
      Location: Yorkshire Dales National Park
      Country: United Kingdom
      Last Date to Apply: 03/30/2023
      Open Until Filled: No


    A research group based in Lancaster University, UK, is seeking a field biologist to assist with an exciting project on the ecology and conservation of the spotted flycatcher, a declining migrant bird. This is a 12-week post coinciding with the breeding season of these birds at the beautiful study site in Yorkshire Dales National Park (May to August). It is a great opportunity to gain valuable field skills and research experience, and to contribute to bird conservation. Project partners include the British Trust for Ornithology, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Natural England.

    Job Description

    You will join a small field-based team in the second year of a project which aims to understand the factors associated with the rapid decline of the spotted flycatcher in the UK. Working closely with a PhD student, you will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of monitoring a breeding population in the western part of Yorkshire Dales National Park. Tasks will include:

    • conducting bird and habitat surveys
    • nest finding and monitoring
    • assisting with the catching and ringing of adults and nestlings
    • invertebrate sampling
    • data management

    Person Specification


    • A degree in biology or a related discipline
    • A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle
    • Experience with field-based research on birds
    • A willingness to work unconventional hours and in unpredictable weather
    • The ability to work well independently and as part of a small team
    • The ability to liaise with local landowners and maintain the reputation of the research group and the University
    • High quality field data recording skills
    • Competent IT skills


    • The ability to recognise spotted flycatchers by sight and sound
    • Experience with nest finding
    • Experience with bird ringing

    Other information:

    Training will be provided with all aspects of the fieldwork, but the successful applicant must be highly motivated, enthusiastic and reliable. Pay will be £14.66 per hour plus £1.77 holiday pay. The intended start date is 15th May 2023.


    For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Stuart Sharp (s.sharp2@lancaster.ac.uk). The closing date for applications in 31st March 2023. Interviews are expected to take place in early April. For details of how to apply, see: https://temps.lancaster-university.co.uk/vacancies/16552/field-assistant.html


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