Licensing Officer
Thetford, Norfolk
Full time, permanent 
£20,401 rising to £22,668 over 2 years + 11% employer pension contribution

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are looking to recruit a Licensing Officer to join the Ringing and Nest Recording Team, which supports UK conservation efforts through the operation of volunteer surveys that monitor bird survival and breeding success. As a member of the Licensing Team, the post-holder will support the Licensing Manager in ensuring that bird ringers and nest recorders are in possession of the permits and permissions they require to undertake their activities within the law. 

Candidates must have excellent computing, data handling and administrative skills, and must be able to communicate clearly and effectively to a range of volunteer and professional stakeholders. Experience/knowledge of bird ringing is desirable but not essential; knowledge of wildlife law would be beneficial but is not a requirement.

This position is based at our HQ in Thetford, Norfolk, although you will be able to work from home part of the time. We have a hybrid working policy which allows staff to work more flexibly and work from home 40% of the time and the office 60% 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. Please contact us 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
    £20,401 rising to £22,668 over 2 years
    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 Sunday 3rd July at 23:59 (BST) and Interviews will be held on the 13th and 14th July. 
    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 minimum 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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