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Interim Biodiversity Data Manager

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    Up to £17 per hour

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    Eszter Katona

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    about 1 month ago

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Interim Biodiversity Data Manager- Oxfordshire

Urgent requirement with start date as soon as possible
Essential Criteria Assessed By:
Relevant degree (or equivalent experience) in ecology/biodiversity or related discipline
Relevant qualification (or equivalent experience) in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database management or computer programming.
Understanding of how biodiversity and geodiversity data are collected, managed and used.
Understanding of protected & notable species legislation, habitat classification systems and site designations for biodiversity.
Use of Geographic Information Systems to view, analyse and present data (e.g. ArcGIS or QGIS)

Experienced in the creation, maintenance and use of databases to provide data management services
High level of general IT skills along with strong experience in using SQL and R, to solve geospatial problems
Meticulous attention to detail; conscientious, methodical and accurate
Be resourceful and creative in your approach to problems
Look for opportunities to;
i) collaborate with the team and partners, sharing expertise and resources
ii) improve the customer experience and overall service performance.
Desirable Criteria
Use of a variety of environmental data management databases (e.g. Recorder, Access, SQLServer, PostgreSQL / PostGIS).

Ability to communicate complex concepts clearly to a non-specialist audience, both verbally and in writing.

Understanding of the purpose and role of local record centres within the planning system.
Understanding of ecological survey techniques.

No management responsibility - but some coaching of teams members for GIS and R.
We use ArcMap, R, and a small amount of QGIS
This role will be supporting the r code that we use to perform out data search service which brings in almost 50% of our revenue. It is pretty stable and we don't forecast much change in next six month, unless something comes up!

Majority of the role will be looking at our Habitats and Sites data that is currently stored in shapefiles, and gets updated at least annual from various sources. The sources and volume of these updates will increase in the future so we need to get ready for this in terms of processes and how we store and manage the data.
We also need to understand what we have got, and how old the data is, so we can scope future projects to enhance the data.

We also have adhoc project work where good skills in R and GIS help us to deliver internal and externally funded projects.