News Article12/06/2023

Job Advert: Osprey Project Assistant

Role Description

An exciting role assisting on the landmark Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation Project, led by Birds of Poole Harbour and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation has come available. The role will include husbandry and monitoring of translocated chicks pre- and post-release. The position is ideally suited to an early career conservationist or student who is looking for a short-term role over the summer period.


Assist with the translocation of Osprey chicks from mid-July to mid-September, including the following responsibilities:

  • The collection and preparation of fish for daily feeds
  • Monitoring the Osprey chicks via CCTV and recording data on food consumption, chick development, behaviour and movements¬†
  • Support with the release and monitoring of the chicks using optics and radio tracking
  • Equipment, site and resource maintenance, including cleaning the food preparation area and re-stocking supplies
  • Supervise volunteers providing support for the project
  • Support with hosting Osprey Project related public events, such as boat trips and tours


Duration: 2 month temporary contract, running from 10th July – 10th September 2023

Working Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week) including weekend, early morning and evening hours. Regular shifts typically run from 6am-2pm or 12-8pm on a rotating basis.

Pay: Living Wage salary equivalent to £10.42 per hour

Reports to: Osprey Project Manager, BoPH Manager, Operations Manager, Charity Trustees

Additional Information: This role requires a full, clean driving licence and access to a vehicle. Physical fitness is also important to this role due to the nature of the monitoring period. The position is based near Wareham, Dorset.



Person Specification

Full training will be provided for this role including food preparation, feeding, behavioural monitoring via CCTV and telemetry (yagi) and data recording.

Personal Attributes:

  • Friendly and outgoing personality
  • Attention to detail
  • Dedicated and proactive attitude

Skills and Experience:


  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to collect and accurately record data
  • Good knowledge of bird identification


  • Experience of volunteer management or supervision
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry or ecology



How to Apply

To apply please send your CV (max. 2 pages) to, along with supporting document providing short answers (<300 words each) to the following questions:

  • What interests you about this role and working for Birds of Poole Harbour?
  • What experience and skills do you have that makes you ideally suited to this role?

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 19th June with interviews being held on Monday 26th June.

Please note that this position will be offered subject to the translocation going ahead this year. In the unlikely event that the translocation is unable to go ahead, we will unfortunately no longer be able to fulfil this role.

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