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Biological Recording Co-Ordinator OCC6650

Job Details:

Salary Range: £21,074 - £29,055 per annum

Work Location: Speedwell House, Oxford

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 23rd December 2018

Interview date: Monday 14th January 2019

Advert Text:

Do you have excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of volunteers and stakeholders?

 

Are you organised, flexible and committed to customer service?

 

Are you interested in biological recording?

 

Would you like to join the small team of ecologists and information specialists who run Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC)?

 

TVERC collects, analyses and shares geodiversity and biodiversity information in Berkshire and Oxfordshire to help people make sound decisions about how to develop and manage land sustainably, where to direct wildlife conservation work and for scientific education and research.

 

We need an enthusiastic person to support the volunteer recording network to increase the quality and quantity of ecological and environmental data recording in Oxfordshire and Berkshire and to facilitate data-sharing with TVERC by liaising with existing volunteer recorders and volunteer recording groups. Your main tasks will be to coordinate data agreements and exchanges with voluntary recording groups, recruit, train and support volunteers to undertake data management (using Excel and GIS), organise and attend relevant events to promote data-sharing and volunteering with TVERC, and provide practical and project-specific advice to external organisations on data collection, collation and management.

 

You will have excellent communication skills and be able to liaise with a wide range of both volunteer and professional recorders and stakeholders. You will be well organised and flexible in your work, as well as being independent. Good IT skills are required and knowledge and experience of GIS is desirable. The ability to communicate effectively within the team and to deliver an excellent service to our customers is essential.

Job Purpose:

  • To support the volunteer recording network to increase the quality and quantity of ecological and environmental data recording in Oxfordshire and Berkshire
  • To facilitate data-sharing with TVERC by liaising with existing volunteer recorders and volunteer recording groups
  • To maintain (or increase) the rate at which incoming data is collated and checked by TVERC volunteers
  • To improve the quality of data collected through projects by working in partnership with external organisations

 

This post holder is responsible for ensuring that all relevant County policies and procedures are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.

Work in accordance with the County council values and competency framework.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate data agreements and exchanges with voluntary recording groups
  • Recruit, train and support volunteers to undertake data management (using Excel and GIS)
  • Manage the content of the online recording website (Indicia and Drupal 7)
  • Organise and attend relevant events to promote data-sharing and volunteering with TVERC; these currently consist of two conferences per year 
  • Provide practical and project-specific advice to external organisations on data collection, collation and management
  • Work as part of the team to carry out data collection, management, analysis and presentation project work
  • Other such duties as are commensurate with the post as directed by the TVERC Director
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and adhere to the Oxfordshire County Council’s health and safety policy at all times

 

Oxfordshire County Council is re-organising office accommodation across the county, and the location of this post may change. The successful applicant for this position will be kept informed by his/her line manager of any proposed change in location.

Essential Criteria:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Relevant degree (or equivalent experience) in ecology/biodiversity or related discipline
  • Knowledge and skills in ecological survey methods (e.g. botanical, birds, invertebrates, herpetofauna, mammals)
  • Understanding of how biodiversity and geodiversity data are collected, managed and used
  • Good level of general IT skills

 

Experience:

  • Experience of developing and maintaining good relationships with a range of organisations/groups/individuals
  • Experience of ecological data management using databases (e.g. Recorder) or spreadsheets (e.g. Excel)

 

Job related competencies: 

  • Active communication – is approachable, ready to consult and share information and communicates with sensitivity and understanding
  • Decision making – makes clear decisions based on information and knowledge, taking into account risk assessment and impact on others
  • Delivering results- consistently delivers personal objectives and supports achievements of team and service objectives through appropriate prioritisation, and an organised approach
  • Customer focus – takes responsibility for delivering excellence in customer service through active feedback and a good understanding of diverse customers and communities
  • Personal effectiveness - acts with honesty and integrity and responds positively to change and opportunities for personal development

 

Personal qualities:

  • Well-developed interpersonal and team working skills
  • Strong communication skills; verbal and written
  • An organised and adaptable approach
  • Ability to work on own initiative, manage workload and meet agreed deadlines
  • Committed to service delivery and customer care

 

Special requirements:

  • Ability to travel to meetings and training events independently
  • Willing to work occasional evenings or weekends

 

Equal opportunities:

  • Commitment to and understanding of, the principles of Equal Opportunities for all, in employment and the delivery of services

Desirable Criteria:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management or other relevant environmental body
  • Experience of conducting ecological surveys
  • Identification training for a range of taxonomic groups
  • Full first aid certificate

 

Experience:

  • Experience of co-ordinating volunteers
  • Use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and present data e.g. MapInfo or ArcGIS
  • Use of social media for promotion of events
  • Website development or management

 

Personal qualities:

  • Ability to recognise and report on opportunities for service improvements

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Please contact Dan Carpenter, TVERC Projects Manager, 01865 815419.

 

Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.


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