IBA/KBA Technical Officer - BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK

Application Deadline: 
25 Jul 2018
IBA/KBA Technical Officer 
 
• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Duration: 1 year fixed-term contract
• Salary: £22,000 - £25,000 pro rata per annum (dependent on skills and experience), plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
• Start date: ASAP, and no later than September 2018
 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to support its scientific work on Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). The position will be based at BirdLife’s global headquarters in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, England.
 
BirdLife is the world’s largest conservation partnership and a globally recognised leader in bird conservation science. Through our network of 120 national Partners, we are committed to finding practical and sustainable solutions to environmental problems that benefit both nature and people. BirdLife works actively with governments and the energy sector to ensure that environmental impacts are fully considered and minimised. With our partner organisations, we have developed a range of decision support tools and guidance materials to aid the environmentally appropriate deployment of energy infrastructure.
 
The successful applicant will support and promote BirdLife’s IBA and KBA work programmes by undertaking analyses of tabular and spatial data, (1) by supporting BirdLife Partners to undertake IBA inventory updates and to apply the new KBA Standard, (2) by contributing to efforts to improve BirdLife’s dataset of spatial boundaries for IBAs and KBAs, (3) by supporting the development of the World Database on Key Biodiversity Areas as needed, including through assembling datasets for non-avian trigger species, (4) by inputting to project reports, scientific papers, fundraising proposals and other documents and information materials as required, and (5) by contributing to BirdLife’s IBA/KBA science work more generally as appropriate and assisting with other BirdLife Science, Policy and Information Management activities as needed.
 
Selection criteria: 
Applications are invited from dynamic, self-motivated candidates who meet the following criteria:
 
Essential 
• Masters Degree (or equivalent experience) in either a biological or environmental subject. 
• Good understanding and proven ability to work with and analyse tabular and spatial data.
• Experience of using GIS
• Experience in using R
• Excellent research, writing and data management skills.
• Excellent eye for detail and ability to search for errors in large datasets.
• Good knowledge of global biodiversity conservation issues. 
• The right to work in the UK.
 
Desirable 
• Previous experience in data assimilation and management for a conservation project.
• Programming skills in Python or equivalent.
• Familiarity with the criteria for IBA and KBA identification.
 
Relationships
The successful candidate will report to the Global Science Coordinator (IBAs and KBAs). The role will require liaising with a number of staff in the Science, Policy and Information Management Department, in particular working closely with Information Management, and with staff from a number of BirdLife’s regional offices and national Partners.  
  
Closing date: 25 July 2018
 
Application: Applicants should include a covering letter summarising their suitability for the position, a detailed CV, and contact details of two referees known to them in a professional capacity. Applicants will need to be eligible to work in the UK. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: recruitment@birdlife.org   
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in Cambridge on 9 August 2018.