The two successful applicants will be responsible for providing geospatial information services to our ‘Natural Capital & Ecosystem Assessment’ (NCEA) Programme. NCEA is a new Defra Group evidence programme which aims to deliver high quality national and local evidence to assess the state and condition of biodiversity, ecosystems, and natural capital assets across our terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. The main focus of the roles will be to support the Priority Habitat Inventory (PHI) project. The PHI is a spatial dataset that describes the geographic extent and location of Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat in England which are identified as being of principal importance for biodiversity. With advice from Natural England’s habitat specialists, successful applicants will work as part of a small team to enhance the PHI’s data coverage and quality, and to explore new approaches to managing and updating the priority habitat data.
The key responsibilities for these roles are to:Work under the direction of the PHI Senior Adviser to provide GIS analysis, data processing and mapping to update and maintain the PHI.Work as part of the PHI team to develop and refine specific GIS tools, models and scripts to improve the way the PHI is updated and maintained.Provide high quality mapping and statistics for NCEA programme reporting and for external stakeholders.Work with the NCEA data mobilisation team to manage project data and data from external stakeholders in accordance with data licencing and data management procedures.Provide GIS technical support, advice and training to NCEA project staff as required.Provide ad hoc GIS support across other NCEA mapping projects and the wider Evidence Team if required.Develop your GIS expertise through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Additional information:A driving licence is desirable but not essential.Occasional travel that may include an overnight stay can be expected.