A four to five month post to review and recommend suitable approaches to fulfil our client's ambition of engaging with communities to deliver more local information relevant to them within the framework of their national monitoring programmes, with potential for further funding to support delivery of these approaches. This exciting new role will help us to understand what different local communities and groups want from biodiversity monitoring schemes, for birds and other groups, such as mammals and some insects. It will involve working with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Defra to help realise their ambition of improving the monitoring of biodiversity in the UK, particularly by improving engagement and participation in areas where coverage is currently poor.
Project Officer Responsibilities:
You will review the literature, best practice guidance and organisational experience to understand what works for engaging people with biodiversity in their local area to provide recommendations to make biodiversity recording more accessible to a wide range of communities. In collaboration with JNCC, Defra and other NGOs you will plan pilot projects to test these ideas to determine which approaches work best for different groups, areas and monitoring schemes. There is the potential for further work beyond the 4-5 month post.
Project Officer Requirements:
- Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline
- A solution based approach, with the ability to plan and design projects and to see them through to the completion of reports.
- Ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders including partner organisations, local communities (in both urban and rural settings) and other voluntary groups.
- Ability to work remotely and to advise and supervise volunteers or staff working remotely.
- Good computing skills including the ability to query databases and analyse the results.
- Experience in producing material designed to engage volunteers would be desirable.
- Experience in biodiversity monitoring and knowledge of the biodiversity monitoring schemes in the UK.
- Good knowledge of the British avifauna and the ecology of its component species, and of bird survey techniques. Interests in natural history and UK taxa other than birds are also desirable.
- Ability to assimilate relevant information from the scientific literature.
- Ability to write clearly for a range of popular and semi-popular publications.
- Ability to present to a wide range of audience types, including research presentations at scientific conferences and meetings and talks to the general public.
To be successful in this role you will need to be confident at reading and comprehending scientific papers and understand the importance of the scientific method. An appreciation of the different approaches to nature/wildlife based citizen science schemes would be helpful, as would experience of participating in some of these schemes, or in other biological fieldwork. Ideally you will also have some experience of working with communities and other partner organisations, of engaging with them to understand their needs and enthusing them to participate. You will understand how to turn this feedback into actionable insights that colleagues can use to drive improvements, whilst ensuring that robust data are collected and made available to appropriate data users.
About our client:
They are a UK charity that focuses on understanding birds and, in particular, how and why bird populations are changing. Their vision is of a world where people are inspired by birds and informed by science.
Job Type: Full Time, Fixed Term Contract (4 - 5 months)
Location: Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU
Salary: £24,561 per annum, plus 11% employer pension contribution.
You may have experience of the following: Project Officer, Project Manager, Junior Project Manager, Assistant Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Support Officer, Project Management, Project Planning, Charity, Charities, NFP, Not for Profit, etc.