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The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) is proud to be the leading UK charity devoted solely to the conservation of bats and their habitats. BCT’s vision is a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together. Our mission is to conserve bats for present and future generations. Through education, collaborative action and scientific research, we inspire individuals and organizations to value and speak out for bats. BCT’s head office is in Battersea, London, and we have. This post will sit within the National Bat Monitoring Programme, BCT’s long-running “citizen science” programme which engages volunteers from across the UK to take part in a range of different surveys in their local area. The data collected enable us to find out how the populations of 11 of the UK’s 17 resident bat species are changing over time.
- The main function of the role is to increase the team’s capacity to engage new volunteers, particularly
young people from diverse backgrounds, and help maintain engagement of existing volunteers.
- The role will also include providing support for coordinating volunteer survey activities, and other
projects as opportunities arise.
- The role will be supervised by the Monitoring Manager and will also involve working closely with the
NBMP Survey Coordinator. Offices in Wales and Scotland as well as some remotely based staff.
Skills, knowledge and experience of:
- A world-leading citizen science programme.
- Bat conservation and survey methods.
- Volunteer engagement.
- Working in a small and close-knit team.
- Working for a wildlife charity.
- Working with a large network of volunteers.
- Using social media in a professional context.
- A wide range of software packages ranging from standard Microsoft packages to more specialist software such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and sound analysis software.
- Engaging young and diverse audiences.
- Contributing to the NBMP social media plan.
- Writing and scheduling social media posts.
- Inviting young people from different backgrounds to share their stories via different social media platforms.
- Developing new resources to engage new audiences, e.g. short videos, infographics etc.
- Promoting the introductory level survey, the Sunset Survey, including to schools/youth groups.
- Producing e-bulletins;
- Contributing to bi-monthly “Bat Monitoring Post” e-bulletin.
- Sound analysis;
- Carrying out sound analysis of audio recordings from NBMP surveys (training will be provided).
- Other project support;
- Providing support to other project work as opportunities arise.