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Biological Recording Co-ordinator OCC121211

Job details


Salary range: £22,627 - £24,491 per annum

Work location: Speedwell House, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 – we are open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Permanent 

Closing date: Sunday 1st August 2021



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)?



About us


TVERC collects, analyses and shares biodiversity and geodiversity information in Berkshire and Oxfordshire in order 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. See www.tverc.org  



About the role


We need an enthusiastic and organised 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.



About you


You have a strong interest in wildlife and nature with a curiosity for the biodiversity of our region. 


You love working with people and helping them to achieve their goals. 


The ability to communicate effectively within the team and to deliver an excellent service to our customers is essential. As a skilled communicator you will be confident 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 particularly to help the recording community capture and share good quality data. Some knowledge and experience of GIS is needed. 



Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our counties - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Steve Wilkes, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre Director on Steve.Wilkes@Oxfordshire.gov.uk or 07917 921410



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. Please makes sure you complete the section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form; however, it is not mandatory. 


If you are shortlisted, you will be required to complete an exercise in your own time. This will involve using your skills and experience to demonstrate how you could help a local organisation with Biological Recording. Then deliver this as a presentation during the interview. The details of the exercise and presentation will be shared with candidates if they have been shortlisted.


Initial interviews will be with a panel from TVERC, held by video conference and are expected to last for approximately one hour.


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form on the Home Page. 




Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


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 these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


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. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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