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Research Ecologist/Engagement Officer Intern

  • Location: Northern Ireland

  • Earnings: £12.00 to £12.00

The British Trust for Ornithology is looking for people passionate about birds to join our team in Northern Ireland on a 3 or 6 month internship to learn, grow and contribute to our work to make a positive impact for birds. We are seeking to fill either one 6 month or two 3 month positions. We have a range of Science and Engagement projects that we are looking for support with this year. You will work closely with the BTONI team and will be line-managed by the Senior Research Ecologist for BTONI. This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience and ‘on the job’ training for those seeking a future career in this sector.   

The position(s) are part-funded by NIEA/DAERA. 

The successful applicant/s will have a strong interest in ornithology, ecology or a related subject area. Applicants should enjoy, and be effective at, communicating with a range of colleagues, the general public and other stakeholders. 

You will need to be available either for a three or six month period during the 2024/25 financial year (ending 31 March 2025). Part time will be considered (a minimum of 2.5 days per week).This position is based in Northern Ireland and you will work from home in the first instance, although we are currently exploring options to establish a small office in NI in due course.

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.

WHAT DOES BTO DO?BTO helps to secure the future for birds and nature, using our science, monitoring and data to inform good environmental decisions, inspiring others with the wonder of birds and empowering them to work with us. Our priority is to make a positive impact for birds, using our strong and objective science in partnership with others. We strive to work sustainably and to welcome everyone.Our valuesWe are evidence-led, inclusive, collaborative and empowering.Birds Science People; it is a powerful combination – will you be part of it?


  • £12 per hour

  • Annual leave entitlement on starting is 25 days plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time or short-term posts).

  • Paid 'journey days' (up to 2 days) to staff who travel on holiday by land or sea instead of flying.

  • Life assurance (four times salary)

  • 11% employer pension contribution

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Enhanced sick pay

  • Enhanced Family leave

  • Retail discounts

  • Cycle to work scheme- spread the cost of purchasing a new bike and save money

  • Discounts on: BTO books, Bird care from Vine House Farm  (10% discount on orders placed on the website) and Opticron (30% off)

  • Free access to BTO training courses

  • Flexible working- A combination of home and office working and flexible start and finish times (where this meets business needs)

  • Free eye tests and a contribution of £49 towards prescription glasses for VDU use only.

  • Effective job evaluation policy that recognises where staff increase their level of responsibility over time

  • Coaching and mentoring scheme

  • Staff groups and forums- First Aiders and mental health first aiders, Coaching and mentoring, Diversity working, Sustainability and Natural Working, Becoming Inclusive, and our staff group creating a positive and welcoming culture to work in.

  • Commitment to creating an inclusive environment

  • Commitment to sustainability

Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 9th June 2024 and Interviews will be held remotely on Wednesday 26 June 2024. If you have any questions, please contact

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