An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the EcoRecord team at Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. The post will help EcoRecord in continuing to deliver high quality biodiversity and ecological data products and services to a range of customers and users and in continuing to play a crucial role in supporting our ambition for Nature’s recovery across Birmingham and the Black Country.

The post of Biodiversity Data and Evidence Officer is an important role, for which we require someone who is highly motivated, collaborative, organised and who has great attention detail.

The role will involve assisting with key aspects of the day to day operation of the records centre, including the maintenance, management and development of core data sets.

A variety of training opportunities will be available to the successful candidate.

Key Responsibilities

Main Objectives

  • Assist with the development and growth of EcoRecord’s data infrastructure by supporting the collection, collation and computerisation of ecological and other relevant data (primarily species, sites and habitats data), through the competent use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and, though not exclusively, Recorder 6; and by contributing to the improvement of data management systems and processes.
  • Assist with the adoption and development of practices and tools that improve the efficiency of data management and data availability.
  • Assist with data analysis and the production of high quality data products and services.
  • Be an advocate for and help to promote high quality biological recording in Birmingham and the Black Country.
  • Assist in supporting specialist species interest groups and the wider volunteer recording networks throughout Birmingham and the Black Country and with enabling the development and formation of new interest groups.
  • Assist and support surveys and local recording initiatives, namely the annual City Nature Challenge.
  • Contribute to EcoRecord’s and the Wildlife Trust’s online presence through producing content for social media and website etc. in collaboration with colleagues including the Trust’s Communication Department.
  • Assist in the recruitment and supervision of volunteers in a range of activities, namely surveying and data entry.

Other duties

  • Act as an ambassador for the Trust, forming and maintaining positive relationships with volunteers, supporters, visitors and other organisations, and promoting membership wherever possible.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of responsibility of the post, as requested by your line manager or the Chief Executive.
  • Attend such meetings and Trust committees as may be required.
  • Prepare papers and take minutes at meetings as may be required.

Other items

  • The nature of this post means that out of hours and weekend working may be required, for which time off in lieu will be granted.
  • This post is based at Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trusts’ head office and working from home, however, travel to other Trust sites or elsewhere (including nationally) as the need arises will be required.
  • The post-holder may be required to use their own vehicle to travel to different sites during the course of their duties for which mileage will be paid according to the Trust’s expenses policy.
  • The post-holder will abide by all Trust policies including equal opportunities, health & safety, safeguarding and data protection.