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If you are passionate about the environment, conservation and tackling biodiversity loss you couldn’t be in a better place!

Butterfly Conservation is committed to delivering the biggest possible impact for nature, playing a leading role within the conservation sector. Our strategy defines how we are doing that. 

About Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is a vibrant, inspiring place to work and we're passionate about connecting people to nature. We're looking to recruit passionate ‘can-do’ people who can help us to create a world where butterflies and moths thrive and can be enjoyed by everyone, forever.

  • Butterfly Conservation is a charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths, and our natural environment. We are a leading authority on the conservation of these beautiful creatures – key indicators of a healthy ecosystem – and we have achieved numerous successes for them locally and nationally.
  • Our people are at the heart of what we do. Our work is only possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of our supporters, volunteers, and staff. 
  • We employ world-class conservation scientists, making us the world’s largest research institute for butterflies and moths. Our data is used by government and policymakers to make a long-term difference for the environment. 
  • We are actively involved in hands-on conservation throughout the UK, at every level from individual households to landscape-scale habitats, working tirelessly to make a difference for butterflies, moths, and our environment – and to benefit all wildlife and the ecosystems upon which life depends.    
  • We have 32 volunteer-run local branches, making a huge difference in their communities as well as operating 29 nature reserves in England, Scotland, and Wales, 
  • We run projects to protect threatened species, and we are involved in conserving hundreds of other sites across the UK.
  • We are proud to be supported by more than 40,000 members who share our passion for butterflies and moths. Every year we run one of the biggest citizen science projects in the world, the Big Butterfly Count, to engage more and more people with the natural world.


Our values

To help us stay true to our vision and mission we have worked together to define our values.

They are who we are and who we strive to be. Working together in unison, they inspire us to be the best we can be and help us to make good decisions today while building momentum towards a future where butterflies and moths can thrive.

We deliver Excellence

We use our wealth of scientific evidence and practical experience to deliver positive change for butterflies, moths and nature. We are the experts you can trust to give you the information you need.

We are Passionate

Nature is at the heart of all we do. We are dedicated to delivering positive change to conserve butterflies, moths and our environment. We are relentless in the pursuit of our vision, seeking new ways to make a difference.

We are Inspiring

We take action and speak up for what we believe in; we enable people to understand, enjoy and care for butterflies and moths.

We are Collaborative

We will achieve our vision by building networks, communities and partnerships, to deliver success for nature. Our culture champions and promotes inclusion, equality and diversity.

Butterfly Conservation is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is valued and feels comfortable to be themselves. We employ amazing people from a wide variety of backgrounds, but who all share one thing in common, the desire to save butterflies, moths, and our environment.  

What’s in it for you

Join us at Butterfly Conservation and do something meaningful. Whatever role you want to apply for, whether it be fundraising, finance, or conservation, you will be contributing to saving the natural world.

We also offer a generous package of benefits for all our employees:

  • Flexible working. Our staff tell us that they appreciate the flexibility offered at Butterfly Conservation. Many of our people work out in the field or remotely, and we also have a thriving office in the beautiful location of Lulworth, Dorset for our more corporate roles, as well as access to regional office spaces for our teams based across the UK. Our flexible working approach ensures everyone can achieve their own version of a work life balance.
  • 8% employer pension contributions. According to the Office of National Statistics, around 80% of employing organisations of a similar size pay less than 8% contributions. That puts us in the top 20% of small organisations.
  • 28 days annual leave. Our generous annual leave allowance plus bank holidays means you have plenty of time to do the things you love outside of work. Annual leave will be calculated pro rata for any part time roles.
  • Wellbeing. All employees and their immediate families have 24-hour access to our Employee Assistance Programme. This is a confidential portal which offers expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7, covering a wide range of issues that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.
  • Learning and Development. We have a comprehensive basic training package for all staff to cover the range of topics you need to know about whilst working for us. In addition, we are currently reviewing our learning and development programmes and aim to offer a variety of opportunities for personal and technical skills development for all our staff.
  • We're a living wage employer. This means that we're committed to paying not just the minimum wage but the real Living Wage for all staff and sub contractors. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting www.livingwage.org.uk

How to Apply and the Appointment Process

You can now apply via our online portal where you can populate your application form on-line with details taken from your CV (including personal details) that will be retained to assist if applying for more than one vacancy.

Our privacy notice is available to view or download in the documents section at the bottom of this page.

Your application form plays an important part in our selection process. We have created this applicant guidance to help you formulate your application. Please ensure that your completed form relates as closely as possible to the requirements of the job, detailed in the Job Description and the Person Profile. C.V.s will not be accepted. 

If you are not able to complete your application online, please contact [email protected] and we will be able to supply you with an application form in Word format.

We will correspond with you by email and phone. Please ensure that you provide us with an email address and phone number that you are happy for us to use for this purpose. Please provide a mobile phone contact if possible. 

If you require any further information, please email us at [email protected] .

Butterfly Conservation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. We are dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture. Please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments, we can make to help you in your application or with our recruitment process.

Candidates applying for any roles advertised with Butterfly Conservation must have the right to work in the UK as well as being resident in the UK in order to meet the demands and requirements of the roles and our recruitment and selection processes. 

Current Vacancies

It is an incredibly exciting time to be joining us. If you are passionate about the environment, conservation and tackling biodiversity loss you couldn’t be in a better place!

Over the next five years, Butterfly Conservation is committed to delivering the biggest possible impact for nature, playing a leading role within the conservation sector, through our ambitious strategy. 

Current vacancies: 

  • Butterfly Monitoring Officer
  • Ecological Statistician (Maternity Cover)

Butterfly Monitoring Officer

Contract:            Permanent
Hours:                37 hours per week (1 fte)
Location:            Remote/home based with the requirement for occasional travel across the UK
Salary:                Scale C - £28,148 - £32,519 depending upon experience plus 8% employer pension
                            contribution 

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join our Recording & Monitoring Team, in a position where they can exercise skills in volunteer development and support, within the context of a long-term scientific monitoring project. 

The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) was established in 1976 and is run as a partnership between several organisations, with Butterfly Conservation taking the lead role in volunteer support, promotion and feedback. Butterfly transects, which form the core of the scheme, require great skill and dedication from the volunteers who undertake them. In 2023, over 2,200 sites were monitored in the UK by this method. The UKBMS also incorporates the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) (established in 2009) which monitors butterflies (and other taxa) at a network of randomly selected 1-km squares. 

Regular outputs from the UKBMS include annual butterfly species trends, released as UK Government Official Statistics, and biodiversity indicators published by UK and country governments. The UKBMS data are also used extensively in biodiversity research.

The successful candidate will report to our UKBMS Programme Lead, and be responsible for supporting the UKBMS volunteer network – promoting the scheme, providing technical advice on field methods and online data entry, and producing regular feedback. They will also assist other organisations in utilising our methodologies.

This is a remote working role, with occasional travel within the UK as required. You will need to be self-motivated, well organised and able to work independently, as part of a virtual team, and under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.

If you are excited about the prospect of working for a leading wildlife charity and contributing to one of the world’s most successful biological monitoring schemes, and align to the charity’s aims, values and commitment to equal opportunities then please read through the job description and person specification, to see if you have the right skills to join the team and click here to apply

Candidates must have the right to work and be resident in the UK.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early before the advertised closing date and time.

No Agencies please

Closing date:                             23:59 hours on Sunday 7th July 2024 

Interviews will take place on:  Thursday 18th July 2024 (Remotely via Zoom)


Ecological Statistician (Maternity Cover)


Contract:    Fixed term for 12 months
Hours:        37 hours per week (1 fte)
Location:    Home based with the requirement for occasional travel across the UK
Salary:        Grade D £33,653 - £38,166 depending upon experience plus 8% employer pension contribution

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced statistician, with an interest in ecology, biological data or conservation to join us as our technical expert and lead on provision of statistical support and analysis within Butterfly Conservation. 

The successful candidate will report to our chief scientist, and will be responsible for developing improved analytical methods, systems and reporting tools, and produce high quality research outputs, including peer-reviewed publications.

You will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in statistical analysis, manipulating and analysing large datasets, with good written and oral communication skills to translate complex data for wider audiences.

Experience or knowledge of working with biodiversity data is advantageous but not essential.

This is a remote working role, with occasional travel within the UK for attending meetings or conferences to promote our research work. You will need to be self-motivated, well organised and able to work independently, as part of a virtual team.

If you are excited about the prospect of working for a leading wildlife charity then please read through the job description and person specification, to see if you have the right skills to join the team. Click here to apply.

Candidates must have the right to work and be resident in the UK.

No Agencies please

Closing date: Midday Wednesday 10 July 2024 
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 6 August 2024 (Remotely via Zoom)


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