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British Trust for Ornithology

Supporter Development Officer (Garden BirdWatch)

GBW Supporter Development Officer
Thetford, Norfolk
Full time, Permanent
£30,444 per annum + 11% employer pension contribution

We are looking for an individual to help us increase participation in and engagement with our weekly BTO Garden BirdWatch survey, a citizen science project that tells us how birds and other species use our gardens. The role involves recruiting new participants, supporting and engaging those already taking part, and the curation, management and analysis of the data collected, both for Garden BirdWatch and a suite of related projects.

The successful applicant will:

  • be qualified to degree level or above in a biological science;
  • be able to demonstrate a broad and sound knowledge of UK garden birds and other wildlife, including good identification skills, allowing them to present BTO work to informed audiences, and to answer questions from the public on garden wildlife.
  • have excellent interpersonal skills, enabling them to communicate effectively with the public face-to-face, over the phone, and through use of the written word, and including giving talks to large groups;
  • be able to demonstrate intermediate data handling skills and experience working with large ecological datasets;
  • be expected to learn basic use of R to run data processing programs, and SQL to interrogate an Oracle database;
  • have an excellent understanding of biological survey data, and the ability to assimilate scientific ideas and deliver them to a wide audience.
  • the computing skills required to produce e-newsletters, web content, social media and PowerPoint presentations.

This position is based at our HQ in Thetford, Norfolk. We operate hybrid working (minimum of three days in the office each week), and flexible start and finish times to enable a flexible work-life balance.

Visit our vacancies page to find out more information and to apply here. 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

Closing date for receipt of applications is noon on Monday 3 June 2024 and Interviews will be held in Thetford, Norfolk on Wednesday 12 June 2024.  If you have any questions, please contact

Closing Date: 03/06/2024  Location: Thetford, Norfolk

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