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Field Ornithologists, MKO, Galway

Employer: McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Location: Flexible Closing Date: 23rd July 2021

McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan (MKO) is a specialist environmental and planning consultancy, based in Galway City. The company employs people across its seven internal teams, which offer services in the fields of Ornithology, Ecology, Environmental, Planning, Estates & Project Management, Land Solutions and Research.

We deliver challenging and complex projects on behalf of our clients and our range of nationwide expertise and multi-disciplinary service offering add real value to their projects. Full details of the company’s services are outlined on the company website,

The company is seeking to recruit Field Ornithologists, to conduct bird surveys at locations across Ireland. The successful candidates will be responsible for conducting a range of bird surveys on sites of proposed and existing large scale infrastructure projects, primarily in the wind energy sector.

The surveys to be undertaken would include vantage point surveys, adapted Brown and Shepherd surveys, breeding raptor surveys, wildfowl distribution surveys and species-specific surveys for species such as Hen Harrier, Greenland White Fronted Geese, Woodcock, etc, as per Scottish Natural Heritage guidelines.

Previous experience of carrying out bird surveys, excellent bird ID, fieldwork skills and good IT and database management are essential prerequisites. Previous experience of carrying out bird surveys for wind energy developments and an appreciation of the potential effects of such development on birds are highly desirable.

The successful candidate will take up a position within the company’s ornithology team, reporting to the team’s director and working alongside other team members. The successful candidate would be expected to:

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of staff members to deliver project requirements.

  • Have a high level of overall ornithological field skills in order to competently complete assigned bird surveys to set deadlines on behalf of clients.

  • Provide regular updates to the project team on surveys underway and prepare fit for purpose interim and end-of-season survey reports to the highest standards within set deadlines.

  • Compile all survey data as per standard reporting format provided in a timely manner and report on progress to designated team members.

  • Hold a full driving licence.

Prospective candidates will be expected to have excellent report writing skills, be well organised with meticulous attention to detail while also being able to independently manage a varied and full workload. The candidate should thrive in a busy work environment and on delivering to required project deadlines.

The successful candidates will ideally have some experience of carrying out bird surveys in a professional environment and have a third-level qualification in a relevant discipline.

Due to the geographical spread of the company’s ongoing work, candidates may be able to work from their existing location without relocating to MKO’s main office, and only attend the company’s Galway office as required. However, some flexibility will be required due to the distribution of survey locations.


Candidates interested in the available position should apply by emailing an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter/Email to

The closing date for applications is 23rd July 2021.

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