Marine (Ramsar) Officer


Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands. The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) promotes the conservation of Alderney’s terrestrial and marine wildlife and associated habitats.

The Trust’s Ecological team is responsible for a large section of the organisation’s work programme. The Team includes marine and terrestrial ecologists all with key projects and responsibilities to administer.

This is a focused and very high intensity work placement, where you will be expected to take on significant levels of responsibility leading teams of volunteers, and helping to write/support research proposals. Successful candidates will have to engage directly with all levels of the community from fishermen to politicians.

Overall purpose of the job:

  • To help ensure the effective management of the Alderney West Coast and Burhou Islands Ramsar Site, a 1,500 hectare area encompassing several seabird colonies and a diverse range of marine species, and to deliver the management objectives as outlined in the Ramsar Site Management Strategy.
  • Delivery of the Ramsar Annual Action plan and subsequent reporting, as part of the sites 5 year management plan (
  • To ensure the effective planning, gathering, analysis and auditing of data relating to the Ramsar Site.
  • To liaise with the Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) to ensure integration between work-streams.

Main duties

  • To work as part of the Alderney Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas team, under the Living Seas Manager and alongside the Living Seas Officer and following guidance from the wider Alderney Living Seas initiative.
  • Through liaison with the Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) coordinate monitoring for all seabird colonies within Alderney’s territorial waters. This may include transect, static observation (sea watching, productivity, AOB), ringing and tagging.
  • Support the Trust’s People and Wildlife Officer in delivering the web-based education project LIVE: Teaching Through Nature ( This may include writing articles, responding to questions from school children, designing resources and activities.
  • Support the Living Seas Officer where necessary in the implementation of a range of marine surveys.
  • Promote the Ramsar Site and its value as a resource to the island through events, publications, radio interviews and acting as an ambassador for the Site and the AWT.

Other duties

  • Manage the relationship between the AWT and the Ramsar Steering Group (with representatives of States of Jersey, RSPB and BTO), keeping them informed of developments and co-ordinating their annual meeting and email exchanges.
  • Maintain relationships with project partners, these include the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), University of Liverpool, University of York, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the States of Alderney (SoA).
  • Support the AWT team in delivering a range of public events. These may include children’s rock pooling and craft activities and public presentations.
  • Act as crew member and tour guide for AWT boat tours.
  • Support the People and Wildlife Officer in securing funds and grants.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements

  • Background in Ecology/Biology, minimum BSc or equivalent, or two years relevant work experience
  • Strong interest in seabird ecology
  • Field work experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent data management and reporting skills
  • Flexibility, positivity, excellent organisational skills

Desirable experience

·         Seabird monitoring experience

·         Leading children in educational activities

·         Public speaking

·         Experience of working on boats

·         Full, clean driving licence

·         Bird ringing permit, or trainee permit, of benefit

The structure of the work placement will be as follows: 

  • The person undertaking this role will act as a full-time placement member of staff, with all the responsibilities and support this entails.
  • The placement can operate on either a 6 month or 12 month basis.
  • The placement has a week’s induction and probation period, overseen by the Trust Manager.  Placement staff will receive in house training on equipment including boats, radio and survey equipment.
  • The placement includes two return flights (approx. total value £440) or sailings to the UK (one for every 6 months of placement completed).
  • Accommodation at the AWT’s Essex Farm Field Centre (inclusive of private room, wi-fi access, shared kitchen, sitting-room and office facilities) with rent support to be agreed with the successful applicant
  • The AWT will help to assist placement staff in securing part time paid work in parallel to their placement, to help cover their costs during the placement.

How to Apply

Please download and complete the application form and return it to, the provision of a CV is optional.

If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact or call +44 (0) 1481 822935.

The AWT regrets that as a small charity it may not be able to respond to all applications upon receipt.

Initial interviews will be undertaken by Skype or telephone. The successful candidates and all other applicants will be informed of the final decision as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the placement at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Key Information


Alderney Wildlife Trust




Full Time


Entry Level, Graduate, Mid Level


Administration, Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment, Marine Conservation, Nature & Wildlife, Research, Sustainability


48 Victoria Street, St. Anne, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

25th October 2017 at 6:00pm

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