Author: Lizzie

Skomer Fieldworker 2019

Skomer Fieldworker

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is seeking to recruit a Seabird Fieldworker for its flagship nature reserve, Skomer Island, for the 2019 season. 

We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to contribute to our seabird monitoring work on Skomer between mid April and mid August 2019. The post is residential on the island and responsibilities include data collection, collation and analysis for seabird census and productivity projects within the Skomer management plan, in line with our contract specification from JNCC.  The post-holder will also carry out other species and habitat surveys and monitoring as directed by the warden and contribute to other island tasks including interpreting the island’s wildlife for visitors.

Salary: £14,014 – £14,942 p/a pro rata (NB accommodation also provided at no charge).

Dates: Contracted 13 April to 17 August 2019

Working hours: 35 hour per week contract, including some anti-social hours; hours can be dictated by weather conditions and surveillance and monitoring of some species may require night work.

Location: Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Deadline: 23:59 on Friday 25 January 2019.  Shortlisting will take place the following week; if you have not heard from us by the end of 8 February 2019 please assume you have not been successful. Interviews will take place during the week beginning 11 February 2019. Please note we do not cover travel expenses for interview attendance.

Application pack. You can download a Skomer Island Field Worker 2019 Job Description , also a Privacy notice for Job applicants, and an application form. Please note that we do not accept covering letters and CVs. The application form is also available in Word document format.

Completed forms should be emailed to

Further information:

To discuss details of the posts, please contact Sylwia Zbijewska and Nathan Wilkie (Skomer Wardens) on

Alternatively contact Dr Lizzie Wilberforce on 07970 780553 or email on

WTSWW Publications and Reports 2018

Conservation Team

Conservation Team Report 17-18  (4 Mb) A report summarising the work of the conservation staff during the financial year.


Skomer Seabird Report 2018 (1Mb)

Skomer Island Bird Report 2018 (4.2 Mb)

Skomer Island Annual Report 2018 (1 Mb)

Skokholm Seabird Report 2018 (6.5 Mb)

Annual surveillance of Chough 2018 Skomer & Skokholm Islands SPA (0.59 Mb)

Fairweather, D (2018) Oystercatcher Productivity on Skomer 2018

Ames, E (2018) Manx Shearwater Plastic Ingestion Study

Sleight, H (2018) The nutrient of soils on Skomer Island

Lloyd, T (2018) Plastic Entanglement in the Seals of Skomer Island

Projects and reports

Badger Vaccination report Castle Woods 2018


Academic Papers relating to WTSWW’s work or nature reserves

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WTSWW Publications and Reports 2017

two Oystercatchers foraging on Skomer

Conservation Team

WTSWW Conservation Team Report 16-17 – A report summarising the work of the conservation staff during the financial year. (5 Mb)


Skomer Island Bird Report 2017 (4 Mb)

Skomer Seabird Report 2017 (in prep) (1Mb)

Skomer Seal Report 2017 (6Mb)

Skokholm Seabird Report 2017 (5.2 Mb)

Skomer Island Annual Report 2017 (1 Mb)

Skokholm Annual Report 2017 (6.6 Mb)

Projects and reports

Annual Surveillance of Choughs in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 2017 – Skomer & Skokholm (0.6 Mb) – Jane Hodges report to WTSWW

Great Black-backed Gull Nest Mapping on Skomer in 2017 (0.6 Mb) – T. Faulkner

High Resolution Low Level Aerial Photography on Skomer in 2017 (2 Mb) – Mike Alexander, Denis Bellamy

The Marine Fauna of North Haven, Skomer (0.3 Mb) – J. Taylor-Bruce

The Shore Clingfish on Skomer (0.8 Mb) – R. Temple-Long

Vegetation Mapping on Skomer in 2017 (1 Mb) – T. Faulkner

Academic Papers relating to WTSWW’s work or nature reserves

Birkhead, T.R., Thompson, J.E. & Biggins, J.D. (2017) Egg shape in the Common Guillemot Uria aalge and Brunnich’s Guillemot U. lomvia: not a rolling matter? Journal of Ornithology 158 (3) pp. 679–685

Birkhead, T.R., Thompson, J.E., Jackson, D & Biggins, J.D. (2017) The point of a Guillemot’s egg. IBIS 159 (2) pp. 255-265

Fayet, AL, Shoji, A, Freeman, R et al., (2017). Within-pair similarity in migration route and female winter foraging effort predict pair breeding performance in a monogamous seabird. Marine Ecology: Progress Series.