Assistant Data Manager

Do you have a strong interest in maps and data? Interested in developing your GIS and data management skills? We need help in managing our species records and collating data from reserve maps.

Thursday 9 May 2019
Vacancy type:
Office and administration
UKHQ The Lodge Reserve

What we're looking for

The Conservation Data Management Unit (CDMU) oversee all aspects of mapping and data management at RSPB. We are looking for a volunteer with a strong interest in maps and data, who would like to further develop their GIS and data management skills by helping to manage our species records and collate data from reserve maps. Most of our data are stored in our internal mapping system Merlin. Your role will involve working with species data collected from our reserves and conservation projects - digitising data from paper surveys and organising spreadsheets, so they can be easily imported to Merlin. You will also be collating data from reserve management plan maps and using GIS software to prepare it for import to Merlin. It is important that all our data are available in an electronic format and are shared within the RSPB, so they can be used for research, day to day reserve management and for informing development.

The skills you need

This is an office-based position. Some experience with Excel and/or GIS software is essential, but further training relevant to the role will be provided. You will have a strong interest in nature and the environment and be keen to develop your data management and GIS skills. Some knowledge of species data and/or nature reserve management would also be beneficial.

Your time

1-3 days a week
Ongoing, starting as soon as possible.
All year round

What's in it for you?

You will be working as part of a friendly and knowledgeable team who will provide you with an introduction to our work, explanations and demonstrations of our databases and training in Excel and GIS software (Merlin and ArcGIS). You will have the opportunity to further develop your GIS skills by attending our monthly knowledge-sharing sessions, where our GIS team provide demonstrations of new tools and techniques and examples of how these can be applied to conservation data. You will also get to hear about the breadth of work being carried out across the department and develop an understanding of the many different types of conservation data being collected at RSPB, and how these are stored and managed. You will be based at RSPB Headquarters in Sandy, which is in the middle of The Lodge nature reserve. With a mixture of habitats (woodland, heathland and grassland) and plenty of trails, this is a great place to explore and especially in the Spring and Summer we often have lunch-time wildlife ID sessions, which provide a good opportunity to develop your recording skills. There is also the option of attending RSPB's internal programme of weekly lunchtime talks, which cover a variety of conservation topics by both internal and external speakers. You will receive an induction and an overview of the work carried out by the department and introductions to relevant staff and other volunteers. You will have a dedicated line manager who will support you and help set objectives for your work and personal development.

How to apply


Mary Ledlie, UKHQ Conservation Data Management
Tel: 01767 680551


All training will be provided to undertake the role fully, but you will need some experience as mentioned above, and enthusiasm to learn more about data, maps and conservation. Travel expenses will be reimbursed where necessary and lunch in our staff canteen will be provided. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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