Volunteer GIS assistant

Have you got knowledge of GIS? We are looking for some help with digitising our bird survey maps.

Thursday 15 November 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration
UKHQ RSPB Headquarters

What we're looking for

Between 2010 and 2012 RSPB carried out bird mapping surveys in woodlands in the East Midlands that were due to have woodland management carried out. We are now planning to resurvey these woods to find out if the woodland management has improved the woods for woodland birds. In order to look at changes in the bird populations in the intervening years we want to digitise the locations and activity of all birds across the woods from the older data set. This will allow us to compare where changes in location of bird species or density have occurred in relation to the woodland management. This project aims to identify if targeted woodland management delivers increases in woodland birds as expected and whether grant funded woodland management is an effective tool for increasing woodland bird populations

The skills you need

This would suit someone with some prior knowledge and practical experience of using GIS, preferably ArcGIS or QGIS. The ability to pay attention to detail and accuracy with routine work is important.

Your time

One half day per week
All year round

What's in it for you?

This project gives you the opportunity to work in a busy conservation environment and learn GIS applications. The work will provide the opportunity to develop GIS skills Once the initial digitising is done there is an opportunity to learn how to carry out territory clustering to provide population estimates.

How to apply


Paul Bellamy, UKHQ Conservation Science
Tel: 01767 680551
Email: Paul.Bellamy@rspb.org.uk


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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