Conservation Outreach Officer Job Vacancy

We are seeking a first-class communicator and presenter for this new full-time post. Anyone applying should have excellent written and oral communication skills and be experienced in writing articles and press releases. You’ll have a keen interest in conservation and wetland habitats and be fully conversant with creating and updating all forms of social media content.

The person selected as our Conservation Outreach Officer will lead on communication and engagement activities involving conservation volunteers. You will promote the BDS and be a public ‘face’ of the Society, identifying conservation projects and creating partnerships with site managers to set up Dragonfly Hotspots.



Reporting to:          Trustees of BDS                                

Responsible for:     BDS events and conservation volunteers

Hours:                     Full-time (37 hours a week). Permanent contract (the Officer will be expected to attend some weekend events and take time off in lieu of such requirements).

Salary:                    £25,000 p.a

Location:                The Officer will be based within easy access to our Dragonfly Centre at Wicken Fen near Peterborough. The post will either be home-based or located at an appropriate base within offices of a partnership organisation.

Job Purpose:          To lead on communication and engagement activities involving conservation volunteers as determined by the Board of Trustees. The Conservation Outreach Officer will be expected to provide reports to Trustees and attend Board meetings.


Wicken Fen Dragonfly Centre

Main Responsibilities:


  • Promoting BDS and being the public ‘face’ of the Society
  • Responding to a range of queries from the media and the public
  • Publicising BDS activities, including via press releases, social media and the BDS website
  • Preparing reports and publications as required, and writing materials to encourage increased recording towards the BDS State of Dragonflies 2020 report


  • Establishing, managing and developing the Local Outreach Volunteer Network
  • Creating partnerships with site managers to set up dragonfly Hotspots at selected locations, and supporting the setting up of Habitat Management Groups
  • Presenting dragonfly courses and other education activities
  • Representing BDS at appropriate meetings and public events
  • Working with the Conservation Officer to develop and publicise the annual Dragonfly Challenge to increase participation
  • Preparing and promoting educational resources, including developing a new resource aimed at Key Stage 3
  • Engaging and working with volunteers in local areas to increase participation in dragonfly-related conservation and recording activities


  • Identify potential dragonfly conservation projects, assisting the fundraiser in gaining funding, and the management of the projects
  • Establishing and maintaining good relationships with partnership organisations
  • Setting up and managing Citizen Science projects to survey and monitor dragonfly populations
  • Attending Dragonfly Conservation Group meetings as required


Person Specification

Essential requirements:

  • A first-class communicator and presenter
  • Excellent written & oral skills
  • Experience in writing articles and/or press releases
  • Experience in partnership/collaborative work
  • Computer literacy/familiarity with the use of Office-type software
  • Good time management skills and ability to work efficiently under own supervision
  • Experience in producing high quality progress reports
  • A keen interest in conservation and general issues related to wetland habitats
  • Valid driving licence, prepared to use own car (standard mileage rate applies)
  • Confidence, flexibility, initiative and ability to make decisions based on a compilation of differing views from partners/volunteers


  • Degree in Environmental Sciences or a conservation related subject
  • Knowledge of and an interest in dragonflies
  • Previous experience in a conservation related role
  • Experience in media communications of all types
  • More advanced computer skills associated with presentation and communication media      


Applications by email should include a covering letter and a full CV with the contact details of at least 2, preferably 3 referees. Your cover letter should highlight how your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for this post. If selected for interview you will be expected to give a short presentation, 5-10 minutes, on a subject of your choice, and you may bring presentation materials with you to your interview.


Further information and applications to the Honorary Secretary:

Mr.H.Curry, 23, Bowker Way, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1PY.

Tel: 01733 204286,  e-mail


Closing date for applications: extended to noon on Friday 26th January 2018. 

Interviews - in Peterborough -  Weds/Thurs 7/8 February 2018.