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BirdWatch Seasonal Posts 2021 (Subject to confirmation of funding)

Position Status : Closed

2021 Seasonal Posts:

Swift Fieldworker (2 posts, May – August)

To survey Swifts and work with community groups to establish local Swift conservation projects. Based in Kilkenny & Waterford.

Swift Conservation Project Assistant (1 post, part-time March – June)

To support respective local authorities and communities realise the recommendations of the 2020 Clare, South Dublin County, Leitrim and Roscommon Swift Surveys.  Work with community groups to establish local Swift conservation projects. Various locations/online/remote working.

Raptor Research Assistant (2 posts, March – August)

Opportunity to assist with the research and monitoring of raptors to assess and understand specific threats to birds of prey and assist with specific conservation actions. Duties will include assisting with the planning and undertaking surveys and monitoring of raptors and with reporting to meet specific conservation objectives. The main areas of focus will be the midlands and mid-west.

Birds Connect Project Officer (1 post, part-time March – November)

Connecting birds and people to enhance the protecting birds and biodiversity through the power of citizen science, outreach and training. Primarily working from home.

Tern Wardens (4-5 posts, May – August)

To protect, monitor and study breeding terns. Applicants must be prepared to work in a remote location and in a small team.


  • Rockabill Island (Co. Dublin)
  • Kilcoole (Little Tern) colony (Co. Wicklow)

Tern project Conservation Gamekeepers/Night Wardens (2 posts) (late April – July)

Little Tern Protection Scheme at Kilcoole.

Senior Breeding Wader Fieldworker for the Cooperating Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB) Project (1 post, February – December)

To survey machair and coastal wader populations in Donegal and Sligo, collate and analyse breeding wader data collected over the last five years, write a comprehensive final report and prepare a GIS database.

Curlew EIP Conservation Gamekeeper South Leitrim Bogs area: NB: CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POST IS 19th FEB 2021. Please find the detailed job description for this specific post here.

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Job Summary:

BirdWatch Ireland may be in a position to recruit for various seasonal posts for the 2021 breeding season (all subject to successful tender bids and/or confirmation of funding). The roles will involve carrying out agreed programmes of bird surveys, habitat management, research work and/or species recovery work, alone or as part of a small team. Most posts are available between April and September and require previous survey or field research experience and excellent bird identification skills. Please click on the ‘Full Job Description’ to learn more about each post.

How to apply:

Please download and complete a BirdWatch Ireland application form by clicking the ‘Apply’ tab below the seasonal post descriptions.

Note that other opportunities may also arise throughout the year, so please indicate other areas of expertise, especially other field skills, when completing your application form.

Closing date for applications: midday on Friday 26th February 2021. Applications can be emailed to or posted to BirdWatch Ireland, Unit 20, Block D, Bullford Business Campus, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, A63 RW83.

When submitting applications by email, you must include your name and position(s) applied for in both the subject line and the name of the file attachment. Interviews will generally be held during the two to three-week period after the closing date, or as advised, if you have been selected for interview. Please contact with any queries.