Thank you for your interest in working with BTO. Any available jobs, whether full, part-time or a temporary placement will be advertised here. Check back regularly for new opportunities.

People and Projects Officer

Up to 37 hours available, minimum part time - 3 days per week.  Post based in Thetford in Norfolk with the flexibility to work at home or from the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge occasionally. 

  • Salary depending on experience
  • 11% employer pension contribution

Closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 29 November. It is anticipated that interviews will be on 2 December at BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU.

PhD opportunity - Passive Acoustic Monitoring in biodiversity surveys

Full or part-time for 3.5 years starting in October 2020.

This project will examine the potential of passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) as a tool for providing large-scale baseline data for nocturnal wildlife. Specifically, the student will combine the deployment of acoustic recorders in the Prypiat and Polesia wilderness area (Ukraine and Belarus) with analysis of acoustic data.

Read the full brochure for more information and application requirements - .

Make an application via the UEA website.

Closing date: 7 January 2020. Applicants will be interviewed by the supervisory panel in January 2020 at the British Trust for Ornithology headquarters in Thetford, and the preferred candidate assessed by the ARIES DTP interview panel on 18/19 February 2020 at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

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Work experience

We provide several week long work experience placements each year for children under 18, if you are interested please send details about yourself, your interests, and the dates you would like a placement to recruitment [at]

Unfortunately we are unable to offer places to everyone that contacts us but aim to get back to all inquiries.


There are a number of ways you can get involved in the work of the BTO:

We occasionally have opportunities for volunteers to gain experience and use their skills, knowledge and experience to support our work in one of our offices.

If you would like to volunteer for the BTO, please send an email to us at recruitment [at] with some information about you, including:

  • What knowledge, skills and experience you have.

  • What areas you are interested in volunteering in.

We are keen to make volunteering for the BTO accessible, especially for people under-represented in the environment movement; and try to offer a variety of opportunities, days, hours, some remote working and travel expenses.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer placements to everyone; if we are not able to offer you something we would encourage you to speak with your Regional Rep about how you can get involved.

PhD and Masters

Staff from the BTO co-supervise PhD and Masters projects at a number of universities. BTO is a full member of the ARIES DTP and participates in several others. PhD opportunities will be advertised here, usually in the autumn.

If you have an idea for a project as part of your Masters that you would be interested in working with BTO staff on, then please refer to our staff bios and staff contacts by topic to identify the member of staff within your area of interest.

Equality and diversity

We are an equal opportunities employer and are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environment movement.

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 minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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Please do not contact us if you are a recruitment agency.

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