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Here at BirdLife Malta we pride ourselves on being an international team working towards conserving Europe’s migratory birds in Malta. If you’re passionate about the environment and conservation, and would like to join our expanding team, then check out our current vacancies below.
Erasmus+ Volunteering vacancies
Dates: 1st February 2019 – 31st January 2020
Costs: Voluntary positions, but all living costs will be covered and accommodation provided
Number of positions (11):
- 7 Conservation & Nature Reserves
- 2 Education
- 2 Communications
BirdLife Malta is looking for new full-time voluntary assistants to join their international team protecting birds and their habitats and inspiring and educating people about birds and nature in the Maltese Islands. Volunteer assistants will be based in our offices and at our nature reserves in Malta. Those who have previously participated in the Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service (EVS) scheme or the Erasmus+ Volunteering scheme are not eligible to apply for these positions.
- Aged 18-30
- A citizen of one of these partner and programme countries: Italy, Spain, UK, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Jordan, and Turkey
- Outgoing, friendly, keen to meet new people, socialise, and experience a different culture
- Interested in bird conservation and/or environmental protection
- Interested in improving bird, flora and other taxa identification skills
- Interested in inspiring and educating people about birds and the natural world
- Willing to do hands-on conservation work ranging from fieldwork aimed at protection of wild birds from illegal killing to raising public awareness in events
- Willing to develop administration, time management, numeracy, and interpersonal skills
- Willing to learn and having an adaptable approach in line with the needs of a charitable organisation’s structure including working flexible and occasional long hours
- Physically fit (for essential fieldwork)
- Preferably possess a valid driving licence
The Erasmus+ Volunteering programme will provide you:
- Accommodation in a shared room close to our offices in Ta’ Xbiex/in the northern part of the Island close to our nature reserves, or with host families
- Coverage of all living costs such as electricity, water, gas, and internet
- Reimbursement of the flight and other transport costs (bus, train, metro, visa) up to a certain limit
- €300 monthly allowance
- Private CIGNA insurance
Description of duties:
There is the opportunity for each volunteer to gain a wide range of experience and skills across the organisation. Duties for each position are as follows:
CONSERVATION & NATURE RESERVES (7 positions)
Wildlife Crime, Policy and Research Assistants (2 positions)
The two roles will assist the Conservation Manager, Policy Officer and Conservation Officer in the various tasks allocated to the department oriented mainly around fieldwork, outreach to the bird ringing/watching community, members of the public, research, policy work, public consultations and national and EU policies. The ideal candidates will have an interest in any of the following disciplines: biology, zoology, ecology, political science, and resource management. A qualification in these subjects, and a valid driving licence will be considered as assets.
During bird migration periods, working round-the-clock is expected, including weekends.
Policy related work:
- Assist in the preparation of position papers, research papers and reports, including reactions to public consultations on developments, national and EU policies, strategies, laws, and other regulatory measures published by the Government in order to identify and evaluate potential impact on ecosystems and on citizens living in surrounding areas.
- Attend meetings, liaise with other environment NGOs on matters concerning pollution, damage, or destruction of the natural environment in the future by actively raising potential concerns over planned developments.
Wildlife crime related work:
- Assist the Conservation Officer/Conservation Manager in the organisation of surveillance trips to monitor illegal hunting and trapping
- Assist the Conservation Officer in keeping records and filing data on observed illegal hunting/trapping activity (aerial and land surveys)
- Maintain BirdLife Malta’s database of illegal hunting and trapping records on excel and ArcGIS
- Participate and involve volunteers in illegal hunting and trapping surveillance
- Prepare and maintain equipment for use in fieldwork activity
- Maintain video and photographic records
- Liaise as necessary with police and other enforcement authorities
- Prepare data for presentations, reports, press releases, and press conferences as required by the Conservation Department to raise awareness on illegal hunting and trapping
- Assist the Conservation Officer in the organisation of Spring Watch and Raptor Camp
- Assist in the running of the camps including equipment preparation, data logging, and liaison with volunteers
Research oriented work:
- Assist in data entry as required by the BirdLife Malta ringing scheme and Research Committee
- Access and review literature that would assist the Conservation Department in its science-based approached to conservation work
Nature Reserves, Bird Rescue and Care Assistants (2 positions)
BirdLife Malta runs a voluntary injured bird recovery scheme, answering calls made by the public who encounter shot or injured birds in their property or in the countryside. Accordingly assistance is required in picking up and ensuring injured birds brought to BirdLife Malta receive urgent veterinary attention, and are rehabilitated with the aim of releasing them back into the wild.
Assistance is also needed to our nature reserve wardens at Għadira, Simar and Foresta 2000 reporting to the Site Warden and Reserves Manager. The ideal candidate will be physically fit and able to handle tools and machinery required for on-site management with relevant qualifications relating to habitat management. Previous bird handling experience and possession of a ringing licence or a trainee ringing licence will be considered an asset, as well as any experience or qualifications in animal husbandry, veterinary care and/or assistance.
A valid driving licence and experience in nature reserve wardening, care and rehabilitation of wild birds will be considered as assets.
You must be prepared to assist over weekends; the care of injured birds requires assistance every day of the week. The working hours of these positions will be spread over the week to ensure that birds receive care every day.
- Assist in picking up and ensuring injured birds brought to BirdLife Malta receive urgent veterinary attention and first aid
- Feed and care for injured birds requiring short or long-term rehabilitation through various stages in their recovery so they can be released into the wild
- Ensure excellent hygiene to minimise health risks to birds and humans
- Provide feedback to people calling BirdLife Malta regarding injured bird cases
- Keep records and case files of all cases of injured birds, reporting to Conservation Manager, Conservation Officer and veterinary surgeons on all cases of wild birds under our care
- Seek partnership and funding opportunities which would help sustain rehabilitation efforts made by the organisation
- Establish and innovate feeding protocols, care and maintenance of injured birds ensuring they can be released at their outmost physical form
- Liaise as necessary for the release of rehabilitated birds in the wild, ensuring optimum conditions and maximum possibilities for survival
- Assist in the delivery of the management plans for the Għadira and Simar Nature Reserves as guided by the Reserve Wardens – duties will include a mix of hard manual work to report writing
- Assist Nature Reserve Wardens in daily duties concerning bird censuses and bird ringing activities at the nature reserves
- Assist in the rehabilitation, ringing and release of injured birds brought to the attention of BirdLife Malta
- Greet and engage with members of the public at our nature reserves in order to allow for a good visitor experience (this may include weekend work)
- Assist in the sales and delivery of stock to nature reserves
Nature Reserves Visitor Assistant (1 position)
To assist in the opening of the reserves to the general public, working and ensuring visitors enjoy a pleasant experience. The chosen applicants will work at our nature reserves (Għadira, Simar, Foresta 2000 and Salina) reporting to the Site Warden and Reserves Manager.
- Assisting in opening BirdLife Malta’s nature reserves to the public in the afternoon/evening, including on weekends if necessary
- Setting up the display within the reception centre at the reserves
- Preparing the nature shop at the reserves
- Setting up binoculars before the reserve opening hours
- Greeting visitors at the reserves and giving a basic explanation about the nature reserve, its history, flora and fauna
- Managing a small shop and promoting sales whilst encouraging membership to BirdLife Malta
- Compiling visitor statistics and gathering feedback from visitors
- Participating in regular events held at the nature reserve with the aim of educating visitors towards more environmental appreciation
- Taking visitors around the reserve, which could entail walking on uneven terrain even during summer
As English is the most widely spoken language in Malta and volunteers will be requested to engage with visitors to the reserve who would be mainly English-speaking, it is important that the chosen candidate would be able to communicate well in English. Additional languages spoken are an asset. Training on the history of the sites together and the flora and fauna of the reserves will be provided.
Ecology Assistant (1 position)
Our nature reserves require monitoring on a regular basis to cater for the flora, fauna and habitats they host. The ideal candidate would have a keen interest in ecology/biology/zoology/botany with some experience in ecological assessments or work on wetland areas. A qualification in these subjects, a full or trainee ringing licence, and a valid driving licence would be considered as assets.
Work will be based at Simar, Għadira, Foresta 2000 and Salina Nature Reserves, and duties at the reserve would include:
- Regular flora and fauna mapping including the preparation of species lists for flora and fauna at the nature reserves;
- Assist nature reserve wardens in daily duties concerning bird censuses and bird ringing activities at the nature reserves (licensed bird ringer or trainee given preference);
- Handle ongoing monitoring including Mediterranean Chameleon and Algerian Hedgehog surveys, as well as setting of moth traps and pit fall traps as guided by environmental permits;
- Recording daily weather conditions, rainfall, salinity, water levels;
- Assisting students carrying out research work at the reserves;
- Assist in the delivery of the management plans for the Għadira, Simar, Salina and Foresta 2000 Nature Reserves as guided by the reserve wardens – duties vary from hard manual work to report writing;
- Assist in the preparation of yearly/monthly monitoring reports concerning the ecology and state of nature reserves
Seabird Conservation Assistant (1 position)
To assist BirdLife Malta’s work in seabird conservation including fieldwork at various Natura 2000 sites, on land and at sea. The ideal candidate would have a keen interest in biology, zoology, ecology, or a similar discipline and be physically fit and experienced in rock climbing or rope access (ideally with relevant training) to carry out fieldwork including at night. A valid driving licence and ability to drive in Malta would be considered as assets. Having previous bird handling experience and possession of a ringing licence or a trainee ringing licence will be considered an asset.
To assist our seabird conservation team in research, conservation, and public awareness work at various seabird colony sites and work based at the BirdLife Malta office:
- Seabird colony monitoring: ringing, taking morphological measurements, nest monitoring, mist netting, call registrations at night, GPS mapping, and colony and nest searching
- Sea surveys of seabird colonies by boat and kayak, including at night
- Public awareness activities about seabird conservation: events, talks, public outreach in colony sites to increase awareness among site users, boat users and fishermen
- Predator management (rat control)
- Inputting, processing and analysing collected data (Excel, ArcGIS, R)
- Assist in the preparation of reports
- Liaise with the communications team in updating content for the website, blog, and Facebook etc.
EDUCATION (2 positions)
To inspire, involve and educate people about birds and the natural world, with a particular focus on school age children and their families. All positions will support the objectives of the department but have their own distinct area of responsibility. A valid driving license and ability to drive in Malta would be considered an asset.
Outdoor Learning and Research Assistant (1 position)
- Assist with the design of research and collect data exploring nature connection in Maltese society through our education programmes with a particular emphasis on children.
- Work in collaboration with researchers at the University of Malta and other academic institutions to write research papers and carry out these studies
- Develop research proposals for students at the Malta College of Art, Science and Technology to carry out their thesis and support students in their studies
- Compile reports to support BirdLife Malta’s educational work through results from research studies
- Support schools with outdoor learning through teacher training and practical school ground projects
Outreach and Community Education Assistant (1 position)
- Develop partnership opportunities with education organisations for non-formal learning
- Deliver and manage BirdLife Malta education events and activities for families and youths in collaboration with the events volunteering assistant
- Assist the education team in development of all non-formal and informal programmes including summer programmes
- Maintain current partnerships with youth organisations such as Scouts Association of Malta, Malta Girl Guides and Higher Youths
- Deliver current non-formal education programmes including nature badge programmes, youth volunteering and leadership training with assistance from the education team
- Maintain database of educational resources for education delivery and facilitate development of new resources.
COMMUNICATIONS (2 positions)
The communications volunteers will assist in raising the profile of the organisation and its work through a variety of activities. The volunteers will mainly work in two areas: (i) Events and (ii) Digital Media and Design. Applicants should have an interest in nature and the environment, be IT literate, and have a good command of English. They will report directly to the Communications Manager and will have the following duties:
Communications & Events Assistant (1 position)
- Organising and coordinating a calendar of events, handling booking procedures and keeping an accurate record of all events and evaluating their success
- Assisting the relevant staff with the organisation of other public events and the preparation of communications materials to promote these events
- Promoting events on BirdLife Malta’s website and social media, newsletter and magazine, creating e-marketing campaigns
- Promoting memberships and engagement in BirdLife Malta at stalls, fairs, events and in other public places
- Compiling statistics for events which include numbers of participants, costs and other financial data
- Recruiting volunteers to assist with events
- Researching outreach opportunities
- Assisting with the management of BirdLife Malta’s sales and merchandise
- Providing support to the administration department with the memberships
- A valid driving license and ability to drive in Malta would be considered as assets
Design & Digital Media Assistant (1 position)
- Design BirdLife Malta’s printed materials including promotional leaflets, banners, logos and educational materials
- Design BirdLife Malta’s printed magazine using InDesign
- Design and produce graphics and visuals for website, social media and advertising
- Edit photographs using Photoshop to be used in internal and external communication
- Produce and edit high quality video content for local and international audiences using Adobe Premiere
- Play a key role in BirdLife Malta’s migration camps (Spring Watch and Raptor Camp) by downloading and organising photos and footage from the conservation team and creating videos to distribute to the media
- Attend public and press events as a photographer/videographer
- Manage video uploads and channels
- Archiving, organising, and uploading multimedia content to the digital media library
Please download and fill in the application form, making it clear which department or position you are most interested in. Completed applications should be returned to email@example.com with subject: Application for Erasmus+ Volunteering (Position) e.g. Application for Erasmus+ Volunteering (Communications & Events Assistant) together with an updated CV. Please note that CVs without the application form filled in will not be considered.
We highly recommend that you visit our website on www.birdlifemalta.org for further information before applying. The positions are funded by Erasmus+.
Applications close on Friday 30th November 2018 at 12pm. Telephone/Skype interviews will take place shortly afterwards, with successful applicants informed before Christmas.
Please note that incomplete and/or late applications will not be taken into consideration.