Thank you for your interest in working with BTO. Available jobs and volunteering opportunities, whether full, part-time or a temporary placement are advertised here. Check back regularly for new opportunities.

Junior Database Developer

Salary: Starting salary of £22,431 – £26,668.68 depending on experience (including a 7% MFS).

Hours: 37 hours per week.

The post will be based at BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU. Home-working is likely to be required initially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; a mixed model of office/home working can be discussed thereafter.

Annual leave entitlement on starting is 25 days plus bank holidays. The post holder will qualify for life assurance (four times salary) and be automatically enrolled in the BTO group personal pension scheme, benefitting from an 11% employer contribution.

Youth Engagement Officer

British Trust for Ornithology / Race for Nature’s Recovery Kickstart

Salary: £9.50 per hour.
Hours: Part time (25 hours) 6-month post.

This role will be working from home during COVID-19 restrictions, with the opportunity to work from our Thetford or Cambridge office once restrictions lift. If you are not set up to work from home, we can provide you with the equipment you need.

Please note you must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and currently receiving Universal Credit to apply for this role. You must apply through your Jobcentre Work Coach.

We will be reviewing job applications until the role has been filled by a suitable applicant. It is anticipated that interviews will be held remotely on Zoom.

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.

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

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