British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)
Full time, fixed term (2 year post)
£25,828 rising to £28,698 over 2 years + 11% employer pension contribution
The BTO is seeking an excellent quantitative and spatial ecologist for a two-year post to work
in our Science Department based in our BTO Cymru office in Bangor.
BTO Cymru was established in April 2011 and publicly launched at the Royal Welsh Show in summer
2011. In October 2011 office premises were established in the building occupied by the School
of the Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, providing good links
to the University of Bangor, scientific and conservation staff working for Natural Resources
Wales and conservation charities such as RSPB. The office presently supports four staff: the
Development Coordinator responsible for building and supporting the Welsh volunteer and
supporter networks; two Research Ecologists and the Senior Ecologist, working closely with
other regional BTO offices and the science and management teams within BTO; setting the
direction for BTO’s science agenda for BTO Cymru, and linking the science teams across the BTO
with funders and partners in Wales.
The successful applicant will be expected to work on a range of projects, often applied or
advisory, particularly on Welsh projects but also more widely across the BTO’s Country Office
research teams. The post will require adaptability, the ability to communicate and work with a
wide range of partners including BTO members and volunteers; and an understanding of the
different needs of these groups. The successful applicant will be able to apply and develop new
applications of statistical techniques to large-scale extensive datasets; learning and
implementing new methods of statistical analysis and modelling as necessary. Complementary
skills are also required, including familiarity with the principles of survey design, a good
understanding of the principles of population processes, particularly of birds; a good
knowledge of British avifauna and their ecology, and practical field research experience
including good identification skills.
Working in BTO’s country offices provides a particularly wide set of opportunities and
challenges to our staff. Opportunities may include joining the Development Coordinator and
Senior Ecologist in communicating BTO research findings effectively to professional and public
audiences across Wales, attending key external meetings and participating in the promotion of
the Trust’s research portfolio within Wales. Challenges include maintaining close working
relationships with other BTO scientists in our Northern Ireland, Scotland and England
(Thetford) offices, and self-motivation within a small staff team and with a broad portfolio of
responsibilities with the potential to require careful management of time and work schedules /
This position is based at our BTO Cymru office in Bangor, Wales, although you will be able to
work from home part of the time on a hybrid working regime if preferred.
You can read the full role description by clicking on the role description under ‘supporting
documents’ in the job details on our careers page. Please contact us if you are not sure if you
meet all the criteria for the role and would like to discuss the role in more detail.
WHAT DOES BTO DO?
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
BTO increases knowledge of birds and other wildlife, and their relationships with the
environment and people, by:
- Enabling more people to learn about birds and science and grow through participation in
- Delivering impartial, impactful and relevant science.
- Inspiring and empowering people with an understanding of birds and the importance of
OUR FOUNDATIONS AND VALUES
The success of BTO is based on firm foundations that include: motivated and skilled staff and
volunteers; a strong reputation; a robust business model and effective governance systems and
- Inclusive and supportive
- Collaborative and open to new ideas
SALARY AND BENEFITS
- £25,828 rising to £28,698 over 2 years
- Annual leave entitlement on starting is 25 days plus bank holidays (pro rata if part time).
- Life assurance (four times salary)
- 11% employer pension contribution
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Retail discounts and Cycle to work scheme
- Discounts on BTO books
- Flexible working
Closing date for receipt of applications is 9am Thursday 27th October and
Interviews will be held remotely on Tuesday 8th November
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
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.
We recognise that candidates from minority ethnic groups are under-represented in our
organisation, and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups
when applying for roles in the charity sector and beyond. We are committed to taking positive
action to expand the diversity of our staff team, and if you meet the essential criteria for a
role and are from a minority ethnic background, you’ll be guaranteed a first stage
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