We are seeking an experienced, skilled and inspiring person to lead our Youth Engagement Programme. The successful applicant will have previous experience of working successfully with young people, the ability to inspire diverse audiences and the skills to co-develop and deliver youth-led initiatives. You will report to our Director of Engagement and line manage our Youth Engagement Officer(s) and Youth Engagement Coordinator. You will also oversee our amazing Youth Advisory Panel and brilliant network of Youth Representatives.

Here at BTO we are on a mission to make our work more impactful and inclusive. We are very proud of the work we have begun to engage more young people in our work, helping to secure the future of birds and BTO. Our Youth Advisory Panel have developed a Youth Engagement Strategy that sets out how we can achieve this aim. This position will lead our youth work and help turn this strategy into reality.

The role can be based at our offices in Thetford, Norfolk or in the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge. We can also offer remote working, as long as you are able to make regular visits to the office and can travel to events around the UK as required.

The successful candidate will be required to complete an enhanced criminal record check and provide details of two referees. Our safeguarding policy sets out our approach and commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults who engage with BTO from harm and abuse.

You can read the full role description by clicking on the role description under ‘supporting documents’ in the job details on our careers page. 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.


  • £35,703 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.
  • Enhanced sick pay
  • Enhanced Family leave- Maternity, Adoption, and Shared Parental Leave, 12 weeks at full pay. Paternity and Partner leave, 4 weeks at full pay.
  • Retail discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme- spread the cost of purchasing a new bike and save money
  • Discounts on: BTO books, Bird care from Vine House Farm  (10% discount on orders placed on the website) and Opticron (30% off)
  • Free access to BTO training courses
  • 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, Becoming Inclusive, 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 10 April and Interviews are likely to be held in person in the week commencing 15 April or 22 April. 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.