• £27,600 pro-rata for 4 days per week (£34,500 FTE) and a 4% pension contribution
  • 4 days per week (0.8% FTE, 30 hours per week) with the possibility of growth to 5 days a week, depending on funding.
  • Fixed term contract to March 2026 with the possibility of extension if funding secured
  • Sectors: Conservation and wildlife, ecology
  • Location: Wales
  • No CVs or agencies please

Could you lead on the delivery of our Priority Plants on SSSIs project in Wales? This project is funded by the Nature Networks Programme. It is being delivered by the Heritage Fund, on behalf of the Welsh Government.

About the organisation

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) is the leading charitable organisation promoting the enjoyment, study and conservation of wild plants in Britain and Ireland. We aim to build a diverse community of skilled and enthused botanists, provide data and science to help address biodiversity loss and climate change and disseminate information to drive a passion for plants. To do this we provide opportunities for involvement for all through a range of participation projects, surveys, indoor and outdoor events, training opportunities and the production of books and other resources. Our Distribution Database (DDb) holds over 50 million plant records, making it one of the world’s largest biological recording databases and in March 2023 we published the third Plant Atlas, mapping changes in the distribution of British and Irish flora. Our latest organisational Strategy describes our future plans.

About the role 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become BSBI’s Wales Officer leading on the Nature Networks Programme funded Priority Plants on SSSIs project which runs until March 2026.

This role will involve working with volunteer botanical recorders to survey and assess individual plant special features on SSSIs in Wales in order to improve evidence of their condition and determine future management. These will be surveyed using BSBI’s Threatened Plant Project (TPP) survey method to produce detailed records of populations, including null records. This will include planning of surveys, training volunteer botanical recorders in the survey methodology, organising training/recording events, and the coordination, support and undertaking of surveys.

The post holder will build a diverse community of botanists in Wales to sustain and develop the skill base; increase participation in structured surveys, recording and data flow, and drive a passion for plants. Working within our small, friendly staff team who operate remotely across Britain and Ireland, the post holder would be home-based somewhere in Wales.

We are looking for an ecologist with strong people, communication, and project management skills along with experience in field botany, biological recording and training delivery. The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to work with and support an amazing community of botanists in Wales and make a positive difference for our wild plants.

If you have any questions about this role please contact james.harding-morris@bsbi.org