End of an Era on Fair Isle creates Rare Job Opportunity

Fair Isle Bird Observatory (FIBO) was established in 1948 by the eminent Scottish ornithologist George Waterston. Its original aims – to carry out ornithological studies and research; to provide accommodation, interpretation and education for visitors; and to assist the economic well-being of the island – remain among its core objectives today. The FIBO Warden and Administrator are responsible for the successful day-to-day operation of all Observatory functions, including ornithological work (chiefly the JNCC-run seabird monitoring programme, FIBOT’s programme of monitoring migrants birds and national initiatives such as the BTO Atlas), accommodation and other visitor services (the Observatory provides full board, en-suite accommodation and facilities for visitors during April to November, plus seasonal staff and visiting researchers).

Deryk Shaw and his wife Hollie, who have been an outstanding warden and administrator respectively for the past decade, have decided that 2010 will be their last year at the Obs. The Trust is thus searching for highly motivated and responsible applicants for the posts of warden and administrator. These are challenging and responsible posts, requiring considerable initiative, dedication and autonomy. They provide a unique opportunity to live and work in a setting of outstanding natural beauty, and exciting possibilities to spearhead the continuing development of a world-famous ornithological research station and visitor facility.

Starting salary will be in the range £7,000–£10,000 per annum for each post, according to qualifications and experience (salaries reflect the fact that free board and lodging is provided, together with use of Observatory vehicles and phone/broadband).

Applicants are required to be in post no later than February 2011. Closing date for applications is 5th July; interviews will be held on Fair Isle in late August 2010. For more details and an application form, contact Roger Riddington (tel 01950 460080, editor@britishbirds.co.uk).

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