GIS and Data Officer

Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West

South West / home-based, with a designated regional office
£25,000 - £30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 30th August 2022  


FWAG SW provides environmental advice to farmers on a wide range of agricultural, conservation and water management issues. Advice is provided in a whole-farm context considering food and fibre production, habitat and species conservation, natural flood management (NFM) / flood risk reduction, diffuse pollution mitigation, soil management, nutrient management, compliance to legislation and regulation, protection of archaeological features and landscape value – all as part of a profitable farm business.

Main purpose of the job and key responsibilities

We are looking for an innovative, independent and highly motivated individual to provide a full mapping service across the southwest region, supporting our teams of Advisors and Project Officers. One of your earliest projects will be leading on the data management for a Defra Environmental Land Management Landscape Recovery Test and Trial in Gloucestershire.

You will advise where GIS methods can solve problems and develop the most suitable approach to support your colleagues by working closely with them to understand their requirements. You will be able to produce engaging and informative maps accessible to a range of audiences.

You will have responsibility for completing larger scale data processing tasks, complex spatial analysis, preparing flow path maps and remote sensing work. Additionally, you may be required to consolidate and format current project data for the purposes of presentation and project management. Within the initial Defra project, you will work towards developing recommendations for data standards for potential adoption by local and national government for a range of uses, including future agri-environment schemes and other public goods payments.

At FWAG SW, we look to continuously improve and innovate. Furthermore, GIS is an evolving field. You will have an interest in staying up to date with best practise, innovations, opportunities and new datasets. You will be keen to involve yourself in projects and share useful developments, whilst recommending and implementing beneficial changes to the way we work. Across the organisation, you will promote our GIS service by ensuring colleagues are aware of possibilities and how it can be of value in their work.

You will help to develop training for Advisers and other colleagues on GIS tasks and develop guides for common mapping tasks.

In conjunction with others, you will have responsibility for ensuring that spatial data held by FWAG SW is up to date, relevant and processed appropriately. You will also be responsible for relevant software licensing and complying with data agreements.

This post would suit an early career professional with experience in, and an understanding of, using QGIS and ArcGIS. We are also looking for excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrable understanding of UK natural history, ecology and nature conservation. 

We are committed to having an inclusive and diverse workplace and encourage applications from backgrounds which may be underrepresented in our sector, including people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

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