Exciting job opportunity advertised at the BTO


Training Officer
Thetford, Norfolk
Full time, fixed-term contract (2 years) 
£23,328 rising to £24,624 after 1 year + 11% employer pension contribution

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is seeking a great people-person and very capable birder with experience of helping others to improve their birdwatching skills. Inspiring birdwatchers to connect with BTO, support our impactful work and take part in our surveys is at the heart of what we do. The successful candidate will join a team based at BTO headquarters in Thetford who develop and deliver a range of engaging educational activities, both in person and online. This will be on a fixed-term contract, for two years, although we hope to extend or make this post permanent should the demand continue.

This position is based at BTO's HQ in Thetford, Norfolk, although you will be able to work from home part of the time on a hybrid working regime.

You can read the full role description by clicking on the role description under 'supporting documents' in the job details on the BTO careers page. Please contact the BTO if you are not sure if you meet all the criteria for the role and would like to discuss the role in more detail.

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.

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 environmental discovery.
  • Delivering impartial, impactful and relevant science.
  • Inspiring and empowering people with an understanding of birds and the importance of knowledge.

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 processes. We are:

  • Inclusive and supportive
  • Impartial
  • Passionate
  • Collaborative and open to new ideas

£23,328 rising to £24,624 after 1 year
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 Tuesday 29 November and interviews will be held at BTO, Thetford, on Thursday 15 December. This vacancy may close sooner if sufficient applicants have been received; therefore, early applications are encouraged.

If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@bto.org. To find out more about or apply for the position, click here.


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 essential 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 interview.

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


Written by: BTO