With the generous support of the Gillian Wills Development Fund BTO are seeking an enthusiastic staff member and excellent communicator, with a passion for birds, for people and for volunteer-based surveys, to progress our engagement and development work in England.

This is a permanent, full-time role based in England. The postholder will be home-based, or will work from our headquarters in Thetford, Norfolk.

The postholder will join the Country Operations Engagement Team (which has five similar existing posts across the UK’s constituent countries) and they will be responsible for: managing and supporting our Regional Network volunteers to expand coverage of our long-term monitoring schemes and surveys; providing regular local training opportunities for existing and prospective volunteers in priority regions of England; and local communication and profile-raising work for BTO regions in England. They will be line managed by Ben Darvill, BTO’s Head of Development and Engagement for Country Operations, and supported strategically by Ben and Dawn Balmer (Head of Surveys).

The postholder will work alongside our existing ‘Engagement and Surveys Officer’ in England, colleagues in the Country Operations Engagement Team, and in close liaison with staff from the wider Engagement and Surveys teams.

You can read the full role description by clicking on the role description under ‘supporting documents’ in the job details on our careers page here. Please contact us if you are not sure if you meet all the criteria for the role and would like to discuss the role in more detail.


£28,644 per annum
Annual leave entitlement on starting is 25 days plus bank holidays (pro rata if part time).
Life assurance (four times salary)
11% employer pension contribution
Employee Assistance Programme offering help and advice to staff and their families on matters related to bereavement, wellbeing, finances, relationships, family and more. This includes a number of free counselling sessions if they are needed.
Retail discounts
Cycle to work scheme- spread the cost of purchasing a new bike and save money
Discounts on BTO books
Flexible working- A combination of home and office working and flexible start and finish times (where this meets business needs)
Free eye tests and a contribution of £49 towards prescription glasses for VDU use only.
Free car parking
Effective job evaluation policy that recognises where staff increase their level of responsibility over time
Coaching and mentoring scheme
Staff groups and forums- First Aiders and mental health first aiders, Coaching and mentoring, Diversity working, Sustainability and Natural Working, and our staff group, creating a positive and welcoming culture to work in.
Commitment to creating an inclusive environment
Commitment to sustainability

Closing date for receipt of applications is 23:59 on Sunday 15th October and Interviews will be held either in person or remotely on Wednesday 1st November.

If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@bto.org


If you have a disability or long-term illness that otherwise prevents you from meeting any of the essential criteria, please contact us to discuss whether a reasonable adjustment could be made.
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the vacancy.

We recognise that candidates from minority ethnic groups are under-represented in our organisation, and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups when applying for roles in the charity sector and beyond. We are committed to taking positive action to expand the diversity of our staff team, and if you meet the essential criteria for a role and are from a minority ethnic background, you’ll be guaranteed a first stage interview.


Charity No. 216652 (E&W); SC039193 (Scotland)

About British Trust for Ornithology

BTO helps to secure the future for birds and nature, using our science, monitoring and data to inform good environmental decisions, inspiring others with the wonder of birds and empowering them to work with us. Our priority is to make a positive impact for birds, using our strong and objective science in partnership with others. We strive to work sustainably and to welcome everyone.

Our values
We are evidence-led, inclusive, collaborative and empowering.

Birds Science People; it is a powerful combination – will you be part of it?

Charity No. 216652 (E&W); SC039193 (Scotland)