Biodiversity Data Officer

Location:  Flexible with some office-working at Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex

Salary:  £25,676.61

Contract Type:  Fixed term (1 year)

Hours:  35 per week

Days:  Monday to Friday

Closing Date:  9am, Tuesday 1 June 2021

Interview Date:  Wednesday 9 June 2021

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sussex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast. As part of our commitment to ensuring that nature is a central consideration in decision-making across Sussex, the Trust hosts and supports the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre (SxBRC).

SxBRC is one of a network of local environmental record centres around the UK. It provides impartial environmental information services encompassing biodiversity, geodiversity and other aspects of Sussex’s natural capital.  SxBRC works in partnership with data providers and data users – including local planning authorities, government agencies and conservation organisations – for public benefit.

The role

This Biodiversity Data Officer role is a new position, working closely with the SxBRC team to support delivery of SxBRC’s data request service and administration of the Local Wildlife Sites system, on behalf of the Sussex Local Wildlife Sites Initiative.

The role will involve working with databases, Excel, Word documents and ArcGIS mapping software to produce ecological data search reports. The successful candidate will be expected to communicate with customers to confirm their requirements, produce quotes and send out reports and invoices. Alongside this they will be involved in various aspects of the Local Wildlife Sites system including maintaining the contacts database, drafting correspondence and managing information about the sites.

The person

We are looking to recruit someone with excellent IT and communication skills, with a good understanding of ecological data – covering species, habitats and designated sites. An aptitude for working with databases and filing systems, and attention to detail, is essential. A demonstrable understanding of Local Wildlife Site systems and how ecological evidence is used in the planning process would be an advantage.

 The benefits

This role offers 24 days annual leave (pro rata) and access to an Employee Assistance Scheme.

Applying for the role

If you are interested in this position and believe you have the necessary skills to succeed in the role, please download the following documents and follow the instructions detailed in the guidance notes.