Job Vacancies

Admin Assistant (Conservation Team) – Barn Owl Trust

This is an office-based position (in a rural location near Ashburton, Devon) providing administration support for our small conservation team and is suited to someone with superb organisational and inter-personal skills who is an extremely good communicator.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a permanent administration job NOT a conservation job.

The candidate must have excellent IT and social media skills; experience with Microsoft office, and a full clean driving licence.  A reasonable knowledge of UK birds/wildlife and nature conservation would be advantageous. Roles include organising training courses, full engagement with social media, personally assisting the Head of Conservation, and supporting others.

See: Job Description and Person Specification.

Salary £18,154

Applications must be received by midday 11th March 2019.

Please do not apply unless you are available (in person at Ashburton, Devon) for a 2-stage process: All initial interviews will be held on 21st March. Follow-up interviews (if selected) will be available on either 27th or 28th March.

Please post a hand-written letter detailing why you would like to be considered for this position, your CV and an A5 size stamped addressed envelope to:
Admin Assistant Post. Barn Owl Trust. Waterleat, Ashburton, Devon. TQ13 7HU


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. Conservation jobs are posted here and on 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.

Barn Owl Trust Trailer

The new Barn Owl Trust display trailer at the Devon County show May 2017

Here’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!