Licensing Assistant (Thetford, Norfolk)

Application Deadline: 
12 Jun 2019
Thetford, Norfolk
Full time, permanent position
£19,615 to £21,795 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 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 work with the Licensing & Sales Officer to ensure that volunteer ringers and
nest recorders are able to operate in accordance with wildlife protection and animal welfare
legislation. Routine tasks will include maintenance of the licensing element within the overarching
BTO membership database (CiviCRM), issue and renewal of ringing permits to our network of almost
3,000 bird ringers and issue of licences to monitor specially protected birds listed on Schedule 1 of
the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981) at breeding sites. The postholder may also have some
involvement in the process for agreeing and reporting on the use of Special Methods, such as
satellite tags.
The BTO’s licensing activities are undertaken on behalf of the statutory nature conservation agencies
in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and will therefore involve regular liaison with
agency staff. Providing effective support, direction and motivation to volunteers is key to the success
of citizen science monitoring projects and establishing good relationships with survey participants in
the field is also core to this role.
Candidates should display good administrative and organisational skills, particularly with respect to
inputting data into, and extracting it from, databases; rigour is essential given the legal implications
of the processes being undertaken, as is good time management and the ability to work to
deadlines. Effective communication with both professionals and amateurs is vital, displaying
discretion and diplomacy in what can, at times, be a sensitive area of work. An appreciation of the
Ringing and Nest Record Schemes’ contribution to conservation and the practicalities of fieldwork
undertaken is also important, so prior involvement as a volunteer in either scheme would be
This is a full time (37 hours) permanent position based in Thetford, Norfolk, with flexibility to work at
home or from the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge occasionally.
Benefits include 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays on joining, 11% employer pension
contribution, Employee Assistance Programme, discounts on books, flexible working and social
Please send your completed application form and CV, FOA Sian Knott, to
stating the job title in the subject line.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Thetford on Thursday 27 June.