Research Ecologist

  • Location: Thetford, Norfolk
  • Earnings: £30198.00 to £30198.00

Thetford, Norfolk
Full time, fixed term contract (2 years initially)
£30,198 per annum + 11% employer pension contribution
Start date: 01 April 2023

The British Trust for Ornithology is seeking applications from a research ecologist for an exciting new two-year project testing solutions for Eurasian Curlew recovery in England. The project will be a collaboration between Natural England and the Curlew Recovery Partnership ( working in landscapes across England, and will require BTO to deliver coordination and fieldwork within several project landscapes, in addition to drawing together data, conducting analyses, and reporting across the wider project on behalf of the collaborative partnership.

Working with other members of BTO’s project team, your primary role will be to coordinate (e.g. liaising with landowners) and conduct fieldwork within one study landscape in East Anglia, and to contribute to wider project analyses and reporting, collating data and results across project landscapes, working closely with project partners from Natural England and the England Curlew Recovery Partnership ( Additionally, you may work on a range of projects with other teams within BTO.

The successful candidate will require a blend of both strong fieldwork as well as analytical skills. The post will require excellent skills in breeding wader monitoring (ideally Curlew; including breeding population, nest and chick monitoring, with chick ringing and radio tagging skills desirable), and in the manipulation and analysis of ecological and remote sensing datasets.

The postholder will report to Dr Sam Franks, Senior Research Ecologist in the Wetland & Marine Research Team led by Dr Niall Burton, but will also work closely with colleagues Mark Wilson (Senior Research Ecologist / Acting Head of Science Scotland) and Paul Noyes (Wader Project Officer) from BTO Scotland.

This position is based at our HQ in Thetford, Norfolk, although you will be able to work from home part of the time.

You can read the full role description by clicking on the role description under 'supporting documents' in the job details on our careers page.

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

£30,198 per annum
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
Flexible working

Closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 6 February 2023, and interviews will be held either in Thetford, Norfolk or remotely on Wednesday 22nd February 2023. The start date for the role is 1 April 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact

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)

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