Conservation Officer - Butterflies

Butterfly Conservation

East Lulworth, Dorset
£23,714 - £27,397 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01929 400209 Sarah Adlem

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Butterfly Conservation is a leading wildlife charity working across the UK to conserve butterflies, moths and our environment.

We are seeking an experienced individual to work within our Science Team to assist with the implementation of Butterfly Conservation’s action for section 41 butterfly and moth species; with a focus for this post on butterflies. The post holder must be well organised, able to forward plan and work on their own initiative as well as being able to deal with reactive tasks on a daily basis.

This post will involve periods of office-based activity as well as fieldwork and out of office tasks mainly in the south of England.

Job Purpose:

  • Working within the team to implement our GIS strategy to improve our spatial data capabilities and analysis, using GIS, for our conservation projects
  • Deliver a wider-countryside pilot project which will benefit threatened butterfly and moth species found in the farmed landscape
  • Deliver actions on priority threatened butterfly species, assist with surveys/monitoring
  • Assist with the design and implementation of conservation ecology research projects for BC priority species
  • Report to funders, report writing and other materials for publication/dissemination

Specific Tasks:

  • Assisting with the development and implementation of BC’s GIS strategy and day to day management of GIS datasets
  • Assisting staff with map production and GIS analysis
  • Delivery of the Stourhead wider-countryside pilot project. This is a new project starting in 2017 and during the first year there will be extensive survey requirements of moths and butterflies in the N Dorset/Wiltshire border
  • Co-ordinate analysis and reporting on the status of threatened butterflies through the production of site dossiers, in the first instance, for the Marsh Fritillary
  • Organise and/or assist with surveys for the monitoring of a range of priority species (working with the Regional Team) including Marsh Fritillary, Heath Fritillary, Glanville Fritillary, Duke of burgundy etc
  • Undertake data entry and assist in the production of reports including producing maps using GIS
  • Disseminate good conservation practice for BC priority species, by helping to organise, for example, species conservation days/training days with colleagues
  • Set up and manage a scientific research paper database for the Science Team
  • Assist in responding to butterfly conservation enquiries
  • Any other duties relevant to the post as agreed with Line Manager

Person Profile

Technical/Specialist Skills

  • Educated to degree or HND level in a biological or environmental science or equivalent experience
  • At least two years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge on the ecology, conservation and habitat management requirements of a range of threatened butterflies and moths and current research priorities
  • Knowledge of agri-environment schemes and farmland management for wildlife
  • Experience of conducting surveys, monitoring and habitat assessments on priority butterflies and moths
  • Experience of working with and/or training volunteers carrying out survey and monitoring activities
  • Ability to plan and deliver conservation projects on priority butterflies
  • Help to give habitat management advice on priority species in reports, article and through meetings and training events to external partners
  • Excellent GIS map creation and geospatial analysis preferably using more than one type of software (QGIS, MapInfo, ArcGIS)
  • Experience and knowledge of a wide range of computer software, including email/internet, word processing, spreadsheets, databases & referencing systems (such as Zotero)
  • Data management experience (data recording, comparison, analysis and presentation of findings)
  • Undertake data entry and prepare and disseminate reports (often using GIS)
  • Full driving licence (or means to travel around the area) and valid car insurance for business use

Budget Responsibilities

  • Work with project delivery budgets as part of externally funded projects

Dealing with Volunteers/Managing External Partners and others

  • Experience of working with landowners and partner organisations (such as Natural England, Wildlife Trusts etc)
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of individuals ranging from landowners, partner organisations and volunteers
  • Co-ordinate new and existing volunteers to become involved in species surveys within the wider-countryside species pilot project
  • Provide advice on management and monitoring of threatened butterflies to external partners
  • Good written, spoken communication and presentation skills

Decision Making and Society Policy

  • Maintain good communication with Branches and Regional staff
  • Empathy with aims and objectives of Butterfly Conservation

Personal Attributes

  • Well organised and self-motivated; able to plan and undertake work on your own (or with limited direct supervision)
  • Able to prioritise, meet tight deadlines and use initiative
  • Flexible: able to rapidly assimilate information and adapt to a changing environment
  • Able to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Pragmatic, innovative, enthusiastic and able to motivate others
  • Able to manage potential conflict by dealing with people in a calm and professional manner
  • Willing to work occasional weekends and evenings


  • Experience of editing and maintaining websites
  • Experience of publicity work and the media
  • Experience of overseeing/managing external contractors
  • Experience of supervising and supporting volunteers

Application forms can be downloaded from BC's website

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