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The Observatory can accommodate up to 9 people in two dormitories, you need to bring your own sleeping bags and it is self-catering. As well as Birdwatchers, we welcome people from many areas of interest including Moths, Butterflies, Bugs and Beetles or just a general interest in Nature and the local environment. Please forward any Dungeness recording area records to the Warden.
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Position:                   Assistant Warden

Term of Contract:  1st March - 31st October 2024

Salary:                     £600 per month           

Hours:                     Workload is variable throughout the season, with early starts.

                                 Flexibility is essential depending on the birds, weather and visitors.  

Holiday:                  Holiday entitlement is 14 days, to be arranged with the Warden. 

Contact:                  Contact the Warden: with your CV and a
                                 covering letter with any other details you feel would be helpful.

We are looking for a keen and enthusiastic birder and ringer for the post of Assistant Warden for 2024. The post covers all aspects of Observatory life including daily census work, ringing, seabird monitoring, welcoming and engaging with visitors to the Observatory and the day-to-day running of the Observatory under the supervision of the Warden. 

The position runs between 1st March and 31st October. Assistant Wardens receive free accommodation, including laundry facilities and internet.


Applicants must have a good knowledge of a wide range of species and plumage details, good ringing experience, preferably to a BTO 'C' permit, although trainees close to achieving this will be considered.  Most of the ringing takes place in a series of Mist nets situated across the 'Trapping Area'. There is also a double Heligoland and a Crow trap. 

They also need to have a range of interests in other areas of the natural world. 

A good knowledge of basic computer programs is essential and experience in the use of DemOn would be helpful. 

A willingness to help with practical and daily cleaning tasks will be needed.

Successful applicants need to be able to work as part of a small team, be flexible in tasks needed, be self-motivated and able to work without supervision using their own initiative. A good degree of physical fitness is needed as much of the work means walking across shingle and rough paths.

Helpful requirements

A full UK driving licence and own transport. 

Experience with practical tasks, such as ride maintenance, repairs to Heligoland and Crow traps.

Report writing skills.

Experience of working with people in other situations.