Demographic Surveys Organiser (Thetford, Norfolk)

Application Deadline: 
12 Jun 2019
Thetford, Norfolk
Full time, permanent position
Salary £24,016 to £26,685 over 2 years + 11% employer pension contribution
The British Trust for Ornithology is seeking applications for this full-time post in our Ringing and Nest
Recording Team, based at our head office in Thetford. The long-running Ringing and Nest Record
Schemes (NRS) collect vital data on the survival, breeding success and movement of birds which
allow us to understand the drivers of changes in abundance identified by our census surveys such as
the Breeding Bird Survey.
The post-holder will lead on provision of support for volunteers participating in the Nest Record
Scheme (NRS) and for ringers participating in the Constant Effort Site (CES) and Retrapping Adults for
Survival (RAS) structured ringing schemes. The Demographic Surveys Organiser is the central point of
contact for provision of best practice guidance on fieldwork activities and oversees routine data
submission, processing and reporting tasks in liaison with the Ringing & Nest Recording Database
Officer and the Ringing Database Manager.
This role will also be responsible for promotion and recruitment, taking a lead role in conference
organisation as well as developing and giving talks and writing articles for print and electronic media,
working closely with the Ringing & Nest Recording Communications Officer. The post-holder will be
the central point of contact for volunteers holding the Ringing & Nesting Ambassador roles within
the Regional Network, and with the national network of NRS Mentors.
The ability to engage and enthuse survey participants is pivotal to this role, so applicants should be
positive and energetic, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidates must also
be knowledgeable about the subject area, particularly with respect to bird ringing and nest
monitoring fieldwork, and confident in the use of bespoke BTO data entry systems such as
Integrated Population Monitoring Reporter (IPMR) and Demography Online (DemOn), as these are
areas where volunteers require greatest support. Management of the schemes and reporting on
progress increasingly revolves around use of databases, so good computing and data handling skills
are also essential.
For an informal chat about the role, please contact Dave Leech or Sian Knott on 01842 750050
during working hours (e-mail: or
For further information and to apply visit our website:  
It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Thetford on Monday 24 June.
Benefits include 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays on joining, 11% employer pension
contribution, life assurance, Employee Assistance Programme, discounts on books, flexible working
and social events.