Job vacancies

PA to Head Of Conservation / Conservation Assistant   – advertised 13/12/17


This is primarily an office-based position (in a rural location near Ashburton, Devon) supporting the Head of Conservation and a small team and is ideally suited to someone with superb organisational skills who is a good communicator and has a keen interest in farmland wildlife and conservation. The candidate should also have excellent IT skills; knowledge of Microsoft office, confidence in speaking publicly and an ability to write creatively.  Roles include organising training courses, assisting the conservation team in admin tasks, giving occasional talks to school and youth groups, including the occasional handling of an un-tethered captive Barn Owl, attending events and dealing with enquiries from the public. There are occasional opportunities to carry out practical tasks outside and work offsite with groups of people. The candidate should have a full clean driving licence.

Job Description and Person Specification

Salary 16,454.68

Applications must be received by midday on Friday 5th January 2018

Interviews to be held Tuesday 16th January 2018

Please send a hand-written letter detailing why you would like to be considered for the role, your CV and an A5 size stamped addressed envelope to:

PA/Conservation Assistant post. Barn Owl Trust. Waterleat, Ashburton, Devon. TQ13 7HU


Conservation Team

Vacancies in our Conservation Team don’t come up very often but we are always pleased to hear from anyone with a keen interest in Barn Owls seeking permanent employment in Barn Owl conservation. Here’s a brief outline of our ideal Assistant Conservation Officer applicant. Any conservation jobs will be posted here and on Environmentjob and the Countryside Jobs Service.


Volunteers are vital!
Weekly Volunteers generally come in 1 or 2 days a week, covering tasks such as aviary cleaning, car cleaning, woodwork, fieldwork, and grounds maintenance.
Volunteer Vacancies Hedge LayingMonthly Volunteers join in with monthly conservation tasks in our nature reserve (The Lennon Legacy Project), or office admin. Conservation Days.
Special Task Volunteers who come in less often to help with things like newsletter mailings, demolition jobs, or helping out at events. We also have a list of ‘owl transport volunteers’ who we can call on if an injured owl needs collecting or taking to the vets.

We are currently on the look out for a professional architect, and a gifted cartoonist or illustrator,  who could occasionally produce a drawing for us.

If you are interested in volunteering please do contact us telling us how much time you have available and what sort of things you’d like to do. We will then get in touch when we need you.

Volunteer Vacancies Practical Work TrailerHere’s what our volunteers say:

“I collect and deliver injured owls taking them to and from the vets as required, and I also help in the office with things like mailings, packing sales goods, and odd things like wrapping lucky dip prizes. I’ve been an occasional volunteer for many years and enjoy the socialising as well as knowing that I’m doing something useful”. Margaret Rhodes.

“I come in for 1 or 2 days a week depending on my other commitments. I do all sorts of things including cleaning aviaries and cars, going out on fieldwork with the conservation team to navigate and carry ladders, working on the Trust’s land on conservation tasks and even helping out in the office when they need an extra pair of hands. It’s a great thing to do.” Kim Baker

Regular volunteers are a wonderful asset and their help is really appreciated. Having people we can call on to help out occasionally is also very important to us, especially to transport injured owls. If you are close enough you could help us with mailings – twice a year (spring and autumn),  or come along on a conservation team day and help out with practical tasks on the Trust’s land – see our Events Diary for dates.

Wherever you live you could run a fundraising event like a coffee morning, a cheese and wine party, a jumble sale, or you could find homes for leaflet dispensers or donation boxes.

Our grateful thanks to all our volunteers – you really help to make a difference!