Science and Data Specialist

Somerset Wildlife Trust

£31,026 - £35,988 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 23rd June 2024   4 days left

Science and Data Specialist

Salary: £31,026 - £35,988
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Taunton, Somerset - With opportunities for hybrid working

For over 20 years Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) has been the focal organisation for holding data on wildlife sightings, types of habitats and geological information for Somerset.

We are looking for a Science and Data Specialist to support the strategy and work with SERC and the wider Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) Team to manage and increase the data and evidence required to meet our organisational goals.

Job Description – Key Responsibilities and Tasks

Working as an integral part of the Innovation and Evidence Team to ensure the Somerset Wildlife Trust becomes a reputable science led organisation and to ensure robust relationships with partner research intensive organisations are managed by:

Responsibility 1: Data and Evidence

  • Working with the Head of Innovation and Evidence to develop the Somerset Wildlife Trust strategic approach to data and evidence, promoting SWT as a respected research-led organisation.
  • Leading the review and updating of the Somerset State of Nature report, understanding gaps in information and exploring innovative options to increase data coverage and confidence, working closely with the SERC manager and data team.
  • Leading on behalf of the Local Nature Partnership to provide inputs to the implementation, review and monitoring of the Somerset Local Nature Recovery Strategy, working closely with stakeholders including Somerset Council, landowner, communities and businesses involved in implementing measures to produce LNRS outcomes.
  • Ensuring that new green finance mechanisms such as Biodiversity Net Gain and Wilder Carbon are operating from a sound evidence base, with a clear understanding of reporting needs and routes to monitoring and funding, working with the Heads of Nature Recovery, Reserves and SWTC. 
  • Working with flagship investments and grants such as Honeygar Farm, to package, publicise and promote the outcomes of research programmes to appropriate audiences for maximum impact. Contributing to plans to scale these flagships and use science and data to build confidence around future investment plans.

Responsibility 2: Partnership and Funding

  • Developing and managing the SWT approach to research partnership positioning SWT as a partner of choice for a diverse range of research-intensive organisations from across disciplines and institutions.
  • Working closely with the SWT grants team to provide a pipeline of opportunities for funding, supporting the data and science strategic approach.
  • Demonstrating clear planning and management skills around project implementation and budget management to support the portfolio of funded projects, working with staff across the organisation as appropriate.

Responsibility 3: Management

  • Managing two permanent members of staff as well as temporary staff where required.

Additional benefits of working for the Somerset Wildlife Trust include:

  • 7% employer pension contribution
  • Life insurance
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Wellbeing support – EAP, wellbeing champions
  • Diversity networks through RSWT/TWT
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Continuous Professional Development opportunities
  • Minimum 33 days of holiday (25 annual leave + bank holidays)
  • Active staff social events

The opportunity to make a real and positive difference to nature, communities and the climate.

Closing date: Sunday 23 June 2024


If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website.

Somerset Wildlife Trust has an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan and is committed to continuing to improve the equality, diversity and inclusion of every aspect of our work; we know we need to engage with everyone to live our values and achieve our goals. We welcome applications from everyone and are happy to discuss any accommodations or arrangements that would make the recruitment process better for you, and the working environment should you be employed.

No agencies please.

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