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Chief Executive Officer 

Salary: £75,000 to £85,000 depending on experience
Are you inspired by birds and nature and passionate about science?

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is seeking a new CEO to lead this vibrant organisation, champion its values and deliver its vision of ‘a world inspired by birds and informed by science’.
Full time (37 hours) permanent post, based in Thetford in Norfolk with the flexibility to work at home or from the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge occasionally.  Benefits include: 11% employer pension contribution, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays on joining, flexible working, Life Assurance scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, discounts on books, and social events.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 5 June 2020.
It is anticipated that first interviews will take place via videoconferencing on Wednesday 8 July, and second interviews (in person if travel allows) will be on Monday 13 July at the Nunnery, Thetford. Unless otherwise indicated by you, references will be taken up by telephone in advance for those candidates selected for interview. 

For information on how to apply please refer to job description.

Monitoring Form (DOC, 113.00 KB)

Junior Software Developer

Salary: £22,431 to £26,669 depending on experience

The deadline for this has passed but if you are interested there is still time to get in touch to discuss the role. Please contact Matt Baxter for an informal chat on 01842 750050 or email matt.baxter [at] 
Benefits include: 11% employer pension contribution, Employee Assistance Programme, discounts on
books, flexible working and social events.

Full time (37 hours) permanent post, based in Thetford in Norfolk.

Should you wish to apply for this job please return a completed application form to the email address in the job description.  
Application Form (DOC, 218.50 KB)
Monitoring Form (DOC, 113.00 KB)

More information on general opportunities

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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.

For more conservation jobs visit where BTO also advertise positions.

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

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