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Aviation Safety Ornithologist


Office Base:                            North Yorkshire / Home working

Working Location:                 UK / possibly international

Working Hours :                     37.5 hours per week. Monday to Friday. One year contract with possibility of permanency.

Start:                                       September; Reporting to Consultant Ornithologist

Salary:                                     £24,500 - £32,000 commensurate with experience.



An opportunity exists to join our expanding team at Birdstrike Management Ltd. BML provide a global bird and wildlife consultancy service to assist the aviation industry with reducing the risks of birdstrikes. We are currently seeking an outgoing individual with good ornithological skills to support all aspects of our work including, but not limited to,


  • Undertaking lone-working field surveys and counts of birds that could be hazardous to aviation in the vicinity of UK aerodromes.

  • Assisting with the delivery of training courses to aerodrome personnel in relation to common bird identification.

  • Assessing planning applications that could increase the risk of birdstrikes at aerodromes.

  • Identifying bird remains and assisting with data analysis and reporting of wildlife hazards on and around aerodromes.



BML will be pleased to consider applications from people able to demonstrate the right capabilities. Applicants may use the application form click here to download the application form or send through brief details to our managing director, that demonstrate:


Your ability to:

  • liaise effectively with colleagues, clients, and members of the public, potentially presenting to small groups.

  • work unsociable hours (e.g. dawn / dusk) and evidence of an ability to self-management time allocations to complete a work program.

  • travel to different UK locations and have / or be able to use suitable transport to undertake site visits and surveys in isolated locations.

  • accurately identify British bird species.

  • conduct bird surveys whilst accurately recording data.

  • use Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel for communications, basic word processing and data logging.


Training will be provided to the successful applicant. Please do provide us with any additional information relating to experience of the following areas.


  • Presentation skills and experience of using (for example) PowerPoint.

  • Assessing developments for wildlife presence.

  • Any aerodrome bird hazard management experience.

  • An understanding of aviation bird/wildlife strike risk issues.

  • An understanding of UK wildlife licensing in relation to aviation safety.


You will also be required to confirm that you have a passport or other suitable form of identification that can be used to enable access on to aerodromes.


You are likely to need a UK driving licence as our projects routinely involve visiting a multitude of locations across wide ranging areas that are inaccessible via public transport.


You will need to be able to work away from home for up to five working days at a time as much of the work will be based around UK aerodromes.


The successful applicant will join, and be supported by, a friendly team of expert staff and will have the opportunity to develop a career in this unique field of employment. Staff members receive a generous annual leave allowance, will be enrolled into a company pension scheme and may have the opportunity to visit sites around the globe as part of their development.


Closing date

The closing date for applications is the 18th August 2023.



We will aim to review all applications within 2 weeks of the closing date and will inform candidates if we wish to take up references and invite you for interview.


Successful applicants will then be invited for formal interview that may include a check of your ornithological skills and a request to provide a short presentation to the interview panel.

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