Development and Engagement Officer

British Trust for Ornithology

Stirling, Scotland
£20,881 - £23,202 over 2 years + 11% employer pension contribution

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 6th January 2020  

BTO harnesses the skills and passion of birdwatchers to advance our understanding of ornithology and produce impartial science, communicated so that it can be of benefit to everyone. Achieving representative bird survey coverage can be difficult in Scotland due to challenging geography and a relatively small and clustered human population. Every volunteer counts, so good communication and feedback is needed so that our supporters feel valued and engaged. We also need to recruit and develop new volunteers to increase capacity now and for the future. To achieve this we deliver an ongoing programme of communication, engagement and training, often in partnership with other organisations.

BTO Scotland seeks an enthusiastic individual with excellent interpersonal, bird identification and survey skills. The successful applicant will be based in BTO’s Stirling offices and will assist the BTO Scotland Development and Engagement Manager in developing, organising and delivering public engagement and volunteer training activities to further BTO’s aims. The successful candidate will be passionate about birds and about engaging and inspiring others. They will have good communication and motivational skills, with the ability to empathise with a range of audiences. Previous experience of training adults, working with volunteers and participating in citizen science monitoring is highly desirable. Work during unsocial hours, including some weekends, will be required.

BTO’s Engagement staff are supported in their public engagement and volunteer management work by volunteer regional coordinators, known as Regional Representatives, and other volunteers. Other staff members in the BTO Scotland team undertake scientific research with particular relevance to the needs of bird populations and land management issues in Scotland. The current team of 12–14 permanent and contract staff therefore undertakes a combination of research and public engagement. In addition to the advertised post, the team currently comprises the Associate Director and Head of BTO Scotland, two Senior Research Ecologists, four Research Ecologists, the Development and Engagement Manager, two administrators and a number of contract field staff. BTO Scotland also hosts the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Coordinator on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 6 January at 1 pm.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Stirling on Friday 31 January.

For further information and to apply visit our website:

For an informal chat about the position please call Ben Darvill on 01786 458023 (or email

Charity No. 216652 (E&W); SC039193 (Scotland)

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