Marine Protected Areas Seabird Researcher

Fixed Term Contract (full time)

Provisionally 4th October 2021 – 31 May 2022

Closing date 27th September 2021

We are seeking a suitably qualified person support the process of developing positions on the expansion of the network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for seabirds in Irish waters (coastal and EEZ). The focus of the role will be to work with a small team in BirdWatch Ireland to develop principles for site (MPA) boundary definition and, through data analysis and mapping, create a spatial database of the key areas of importance to seabirds with the goal of future designation as MPAs.

Vacancy type: Fixed Term Contract
Location: Flexible within Ireland
Contract term: Provisionally 4th October 2021 – 31 May 2022
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

A detailed programme of work will be agreed with the successful candidate at the outset, but the post holder is expected to:

  • Explore accessible data sources such as UK-Irish breeding seabird censuses, European Seabirds at Sea database, bird ringing and recovery data, tracking data depositories and published (and unpublished) research on seabird diet and marine ecosystems and food webs.
  • Approach other commercial interests (offshore renewables industry) that need to gather seabird information for licensing purposes, with a view to seeking access, if possible, to that data.
  • Collate all data relating to seabirds and habitats that has been obtained.
  • Create a GIS database of all spatial information related to the project and generate maps of key areas for seabirds.
  • Work with other team members to review MPA definition criteria for seabirds from across the world, to build a robust Irish framework for designation.
  • Use these criteria to define potential seabird MPAs in Republic of Ireland and its EEZ.
  • Liaise with project partners on the development of the overall MPA network, particularly with groups covering other marine taxa and ecosystems.
  • Research scientific literature on recommendations on MPA management for the benefit of seabirds post designation.
  • Write a succinct final report with methodology, data gaps, final maps and recommendations on MPA management for seabirds.
  • Work with Project Partners to provide web content, a social media presence and general communications to promote the project.

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