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Senior Conservation Officer – Global Flyways Programme

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to support the overall development and delivery of the BirdLife Global Flyways Programme.

Application deadline
Monday, 24 June 2024 – 23:45

Cambridge, UK

Full time
35 hours per week


£40,000 to £45,000 per annum (dependant on skills and experience), plus competitive 12% pension benefit

Annual Leave
25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day p/a to 28 days

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

We are looking for someone to support the overall development and delivery of the BirdLife Global Flyways Programme, particularly through:

  1. Coordination of BirdLife’s work on illegal and unsustainable taking and trade of migratory birds globally,
  2. Management of (or support to) BirdLife projects tackling illegal and unsustainable taking and trade of migratory birds, with a focus on the African-Eurasian Flyway,
  3. Development of fundraising proposals and projects in line with the Flyways Programme 5-year plan.

Ideally you will have:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent working experience) in a nature conservation relevant-subject
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of issues relating to migratory bird conservation and sympathy with NGO movement.
  • Demonstrable experience with development and management of large nature conservation projects and programmes.

You will be highly organised, able to manage diverse teams often at a distance, able to motivate others to deliver, able to track, prioritise and work to multiple deadlines and have attention to detail.

See the full job description

Some of our benefits:

  • We are able to offer a hybrid model of working on-site and from home/remote for most roles, which helps to ensure a flexible work-life balance.
  • A chance to work in the award-winning David Attenborough building, which brings together much of the Cambridge-based conservation community on a ‘conservation campus.’ 
  • A generous pension scheme, up to 12% company contribution.
  • Holiday starting at 25 days excluding Bank Holidays and increasing for every year of service up to a maximum of 28 days.
  • Full access to LinkedIn Learning with access to more than 13,000 high-quality, on-demand courses.
  • Cycle to work scheme. 

Employee Assistance Programme, including access to Health Assured online health portal (webinars, nutritional advice, 4-week programmes, financial wellbeing and more).

BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Find out more about our Diversity statement.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We will consider putting into place appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

How to apply:

Please email your application to us at: [email protected]

Please put “Senior Conservation Officer – Global Flyways Programme” in the subject line. Your application should include a covering letter summarising your suitability for the role, your CV and details of where you saw the job advert.

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.