Bat Conservation Officer x2

The Vincent Wildlife Trust

Ledbury, Herefordshire
£22,000 - £25,750 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01531 636441 Hilary Macmillan

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 28th September 2018   6 days left

The Vincent Wildlife Trust wishes to develop and manage more landscape-scale projects for bats in Britain, Ireland and more widely in Europe. Two new permanent roles of ‘Bat Conservation Officer’ are being created with the aim of growing our capacity in this area and further developing our bat conservation programme. These roles will form a team in the Trust, led by the Bat Programme Manager, taking project ideas through from concept to implementation. The roles will involve a high degree of active project management in the field, volunteer coordination, data analysis and information dissemination. They will also require time spent assisting with fundraising.


Main duties:

  • To support the delivery of the Trust’s bat projects through both administrative activities and in the field.
  • To work with the Bat Programme Manager to develop new projects and to lead on allocated projects, following good project management practice.
  • To rigorously test the Trust’s conservation interventions, and, where appropriate, carry out data analysis and prepare both general and scientific publications.
  • To organise fieldwork for projects, including the co-ordination and briefing of volunteers/staff and providing necessary maps, equipment and materials.
  • To co-ordinate and support the activities of volunteers assisting in the maintenance and monitoring of the Trust’s network of bat reserves.
  • To develop training materials for the Trust’s training and advocacy work.
  • To attend events and conferences representing the Trust, and promote projects and programmes, including liaison with the media, as directed.
  • To undertake fundraising activities and administration to support the Trust’s bat work.
  • To promote the bat programme through social media, in liaison with the Trust’s Communications department.



  • A demonstrable commitment to wildlife conservation.
  • A degree (or equivalent) in biological sciences or related discipline
  • Project management skills
  • IT competent and familiarity with mapping and datasets
  • Experience of bat monitoring and surveys
  • Good communication skills and the ability to produce written materials for a range of audiences
  • Driving licence


  • A bat licence is highly desirable
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Budget management
  • Fundraising

Personal qualities

A demonstrable commitment and enthusiasm for wildlife conservation. An enthusiastic, outgoing and self-motivated individual with initiative, ambition and drive.


The Bat Conservation Officer posts are based at the Trust’s Head Office near Ledbury, Herefordshire. The post holder will need a car for business use. Travel costs will be reimbursed at the current HMRC rate. Use of a pool vehicle may be possible for longer journeys.

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