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Join us!

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, with our new, ambitious strategy

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. In addition, all staff have access to a series of weekly expert-led talks on a range of wellbeing and cultural topics.
  • 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.

How to Apply and the Appointment Process

Our application form can be downloaded below or completed via our online portal. Please email completed application forms, along with an Equal Opportunities form to HR@butterfly-conservation.org. Our privacy notice is available to view or download in the documents section at the bottom of this page.

We strive to promote equality of opportunity in all our employment practices. The Equal Opportunities form is used for statistical purposes only and will not be seen by any member of the recruitment panel. 

Your application form plays an important part in our selection process. 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. 

We will correspond with you by email and phone. Please ensure that you provide us with an email address and phone numbers 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 HR@butterfly-conservation.org .

Current Vacancies

We have a number of key roles available which will be instrumental in enabling us to achieve our ground-breaking vision and deliver our fresh and dynamic goals:

  • Volunteer Development Officer
  • Engagement Officer
  • Land Use Officer
  • Project Manager - Software Implementation

Please read below for specifics on each role, and download job descriptions at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in any of these roles, or future opportunities that come up, please get in touch.

Volunteer Development Officer

We’re looking for an engaging individual to focus on our work to recruit, train, communicate with and celebrate volunteers, including those from a broader range of backgrounds.

You will be instrumental in promoting volunteering opportunities, setting up a mentoring programme, and supporting volunteer training and development, to enable our volunteers to get the most out of their time spent working with us.

You will have experience of working with volunteers and/or in the charity sector, will be able to create and deliver training, and resources, for a wide range of audiences, will be well organised, self-motivated and will have excellent communication skills. 

For more information, please see the job description below and download the application form to apply.  For informal enquiries please contact Kate Barrett, Senior Volunteer Development Officer, at kbarrett@butterfly-conservation.org 

Closing date for applications is midday Monday 23 May 2022. Interviews will take place late May or early June.

Engagement Officer

We’re looking for an engaging individual to focus on our work to connect people to nature and to reach people from a broader range of backgrounds. 

You will be promoting school participation in our Wild Spaces programme, support development of an exciting new Junior Rangers scheme, and working closely with our volunteer team, develop a programme for ‘lifelong learning’. 

You will have experience of working collaboratively with volunteers and will be able to create and deliver training, and resources, for a wide range of audiences, will be well organised, self-motivated and will have excellent communication skills. 

For more information, please see the job description below and download the application form to apply.  For informal enquiries please contact Kate Merry, Engagement Manager, at @email 

Closing date for applications is midday Monday 23 May 2022. Interviews will take place early June.

Land Use Officer 

We are looking for someone who wants the fantastic opportunity to be part of the team developing a key element of Butterfly Conservation’s new strategy – a Land Management Hub. To play our part in meeting the challenge of the biodiversity and climate crisis at a global scale, we will create a land management advisory hub and a team with the capacity to create, maintain and share advice to ensure that land is managed more effectively for butterflies and moths and deliver and demonstrate best practice land management for butterflies and moths across landscapes, wild spaces and beyond.  

Butterfly Conservation’s data, amassed through decades of monitoring butterflies and moths, provides vital insights into the wildlife winners and losers from changing land use. We already know many of the solutions, tested through our experience of landscape-scale conservation. But we need to be smarter at sharing our knowledge with a wide range of audiences, so it works harder for butterflies and moths. We also need to recognise that solutions from twenty years ago need to be adapted in the face of a changing climate and be delivered sustainably.

You will be part of a new Land Use Team in our Evidence and Policy Directorate and report to our Head of Land Use. You’ll be expected to work collaboratively across our internal teams with our researchers, on the ground conservation staff and knowledgeable volunteers and with our communications team.  Key part of the role will be developing packages of land management advice on subjects such as gardening, wild spaces, farming and forestry to appeal to a range of audiences. 

This is an agile working role, and we welcome applications for remote working, with travel to our UK Office in Dorset, our nature reserves and project sites as required. Therefore, you will require the ability to work effectively independently, as part of a virtual team, and under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.

For further information, please read through the attached job description and person specification to see if you have the right skills to join the team, and download the application form to apply.  For informal enquiries please contact Russel Hobson, Director of Evidence and Policy, at rhobson@butterfly-conservation.org 

Closing date for applications is midday Monday 6 June 2022. Interviews will take place on 15 June.

Project Manager – Software Implementation

We’re looking for a proactive and creative individual to help us identify and implement a single IT system to meet the needs of our staff and volunteers. This role will be crucial in helping us achieve our strategic enabler of being lean and scalable.

You will have significant experience of delivering projects to time, on budget and to the highest quality. You will be skilled at business process mapping and have experience of preparing system specifications and tender documentation.

You will also have experience of developing and delivering training and will be able to work effectively with a wide range of people. The individual in this one-year post will also need to be highly organised to ensure our project delivers maximum benefit.

If you’d like to hear more, please see the job description below and download the application form to apply. For informal enquiries please contact Jon Amphlett, IT Manager, on jamphlett@butterfly-conservation.org

The closing date for applications is midday Monday 13 June 2022. A shortlist of candidates will be invited to attend a Zoom interview on 23 June 2022.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.