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Butterfly Conservation

Kent’s Magnificent Moths Project Vacancies

Butterfly Conservation is a leading wildlife charity working across the UK to conserve butterflies, moths and our environment and seeks to appoint two project officers for an exciting new landscape-scale conservation project.

The Kent’s Magnificent Moths project will focus on the celebration and conservation of some of the UK’s rarest, most threatened, and most beautiful species, occurring across a stunning variety of landscapes at the very south east extreme of the UK. This ambitious project will take place across six key landscapes in East Kent, working along the coast, in woodlands and on the Downs. Eight declining and vulnerable moth species have been selected to be the focus of conservation action: Black-veined Moth, Bright Wave, Fiery Clearwing, Fisher’s Estuarine Moth, Straw Belle, Marsh Mallow Moth, Sussex Emerald and White-spotted Sable. Many of these moths have highly restricted distributions, with their entire UK population surviving only in Kent.

Saving these species involves coordinating conservation action at a landscape scale, which we cannot do alone. This project (and the project development) will involve working with a wide range of landowners and partner organisations to ultimately improve habitat condition for the target species. We also need to work with local communities to ensure we build long-term support for these species and for other wildlife.

Conservation Officer

From £24,307 - £28,087 (band C) dependent on experience, plus 8% pension contribution

We are seeking an experienced conservationist to lead our habitats work on a landscape scale. The conservation officer will provide management advice and help site managers, volunteers and specialist contractors to deliver high quality examples of species conservation and maintenance for threatened moths across six distinct landscapes and eight demonstration sites.

You will bring an excellent understanding of practical habitat management combined with the ability to engage with land managers, volunteers and the public.

Good knowledge species and habitat management and landscape-scale conservation are essential, as is experience in species and habitat surveys. You will need to be adaptable, have an eye for detail, and excellent communication skills.

Engagement Officer (part-time)

From £24,307 - £28,087 (band C) dependent on experience, plus 8% pension contribution

[pro-rata 4 days per week]

We require a highly motivated individual to develop and implement an imaginative programme of engagement to introduce wide audiences to moths and their conservation. We want to build dedicated teams of volunteers and provide meaningful opportunities for local communities to discover, enjoy and conserve the rare wildlife on their doorstep.

An aim of the project is to reach out to community groups, schools and individuals who might have little experience of moths and other wildlife – so a creative and enthusiastic nature is a must!

Experience of working with young people, vulnerable groups, volunteers, teachers and school children will be extremely valuable, and excellent communication skills are essential, as well as good knowledge wildlife conservation and the natural world.

Closing date for applications: 9am on Thursday 5 March 2020

Interviews will be held at Butterfly Conservation’s Head Offices in Dorset on Tuesday 17 March 2020 and Wednesday 18 March 2020

Download an application pack at:, call 01929 400209 or email

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