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Garden BirdWatch Survey Organiser

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location   England (East Anglia) - UK
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   19/03/2024
Company Name   BTO
Contact Name  
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Garden BirdWatch Survey Organiser
Thetford, Norfolk (Hybrid working)
Full time, Permanent
£32,640 per annum + 11% employer pension contribution

BTO Garden BirdWatch (GBW) is a citizen science project that empowers its community of participants to collect valuable data on gardens and their wildlife through a weekly survey. The project, which has been running since 1995, has greatly improved our understanding of how birds and other wildlife use the garden habitat and its resources. It has also helped participants to develop their interests in garden wildlife and to become actively involved in science. The Survey Organiser is responsible for the day-to-day operation of both Garden BirdWatch and a number of other garden-based projects.

Working closely with other staff from across the organisation the successful candidate will help to develop the survey, broaden its participant community and seek new opportunities to increase participation. The post-holder will manage staff within the GBW Team, and benefit from a close working relationship with other Communications, Engagement and Survey staff. Join our team and help us better understand the pressures facing garden wildlife.

The successful applicant will be an active birdwatcher/naturalist, who can talk authoritatively to participants and other stakeholders. They will be qualified to degree level or above in a biological science, and have proven experience of recruiting, engaging and inspiring people to participate in citizen science or similar volunteer projects. They will also be able to demonstrate their data handling skills and the ability to motivate and inspire staff and volunteers.

This position is based at our HQ in Thetford, Norfolk, although you will be able to work from home part of the time on a hybrid working regime (with a minimum of three days per week in the office).

Visit our vacancies page to find out more information and to apply. You can read the full role description by clicking on the role description under the documents sections in the job details. 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.


  • £32,640 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 12:00 noon on Tuesday 19 March and Interviews will be held in Thetford, Norfolk on Monday 25 March. 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)

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