Oxfordshire County Council - Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre - Biodiversity Data Manager

paid / Oxford, England / full-time

##Job details

Salary range: £27,741– £30,451 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 10th October 2021

Do you love working with geospatial data? Confident using GIS and R to solve spatial problems. Want to play an important role in using technology to help our communities use what we know about the natural environment more effectively? Would you like to be a Biodiversity Data Manager at 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

In your role as Biodiversity Data Manager you will take ownership of managing our data. Much of this is geospatial and you and the TVERC team will use it to provide services to our customers to help their decision making. You will set data standards alongside maintaining and developing tools and processes to ensure high levels of data quality and consistency, through the data lifecycle including acquisition, storage, analysis and presentation.

We are keen to seek and implement improvements to our data platform and services, and this role is critical in taking this forward. We are always looking to extend the types and volumes of data we can hold and use, and you will ensure our systems can support these.

We are a small team, and you will need to provide them with support and assistance in making full use of our systems. Many of the projects we work on with our customers use the data in new and innovative ways, this role is key in helping extend our possibilities.

About you

You will be an assured user of R and a confident toolmaker using Geographic Information Systems with solid experience managing geospatial data including creating and maintaining databases.

You must enjoy collaborating as part of a small team but be confident to work independently. Comfortable taking ownership of problems and being resourceful and creative in resolving them.

An understanding of the ecological and planning contexts of our services is important. As the quality of our data and services are critical you will have very good attention to detail, be conscientious, methodical and accurate in you approach.

Rewards and benefits

It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - 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. This includes a 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 short listed you will be required to complete an exercise in your own time, using publicly available geospatial data sets and your coding skills to obtain, synthesise and analyse environmental data. You will need to submit the code used, the results and a description of your methods, in advance of attending an interview.

During the interview you will be required to deliver a presentation, explaining the methodology you used in the exercise, what you found and how this might be useful to TVERC and their customers. 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.

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