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The National Biodiversity Data Centre is seeking to appoint a Citizen Science Officer

The National Biodiversity Data Centre and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have joined forces to run a collaborative citizen science project aimed at obtaining citizen science observations on the water environment. Engagement by citizens with biodiversity, water protection and environment is seen as a key objective of both organisations, and this collaboration will work to improve citizen science engagement in documenting aspects of biodiversity in our freshwater and marine environments.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national centre that collates, manages, analyses and disseminates data on Ireland’s biodiversity. It manages a large work programme of biodiversity data management and associated thematic projects that bring added value to the data management role.  A priority of the work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre is providing support and promoting citizen science engagement in the recording of biodiversity data. The Data Centre operates Ireland’s Citizen Science Data Portal, and provides the National Sampling Framework as a shared service to facilitate the management and data collection for any national monitoring programme.

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is ‘To protect and improve the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland’.  One of its strategic objects for 2014-2020 is the piloting of innovations in the area of citizen science through scientist or citizen-led initiatives. The running of citizen science projects that collect high quality observations on biological diversity in Ireland’s water environments, will help to focus on water quality and State of the Environment related issues, in addition to supporting work being undertaken by the Local Authority Waters & Community Office.  It is also hoped it will increase public awareness of the links between water protection and biodiversity.

The post

The Citizen Science Officer is an exciting opportunity to join the small team of staff at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford, to work on developing two citizen science projects based on collecting biodiversity observations in water environments. The broad thrust of the two projects are:

A dragonfly project that will survey dragonflies in small waterbodies, including a quantitative component and;

A survey of a selection of species along the Irish coast, building on the Capture our Coast initiative that operates in the United Kingdom.

Duties will include:

  • Responsibility for the development of two national surveys, one on dragonflies and a second on coastal biodiversity, to be delivered by volunteers and citizen scientists;
  • Engagement with key partners to ensure that the survey design best complements their work on freshwater and marine environments;
  • Development of online survey resources to support the citizen science network;
  • Promote the survey nationally and with key partner organisations;
  • Provide training and other support to citizen scientists;
  • Manage, and where appropriate validate, data generated as part of these surveys;
  • Report on the progress with delivery of the projects.

Duration

This is offered as a three-year contract.

Location

This is a full time post based in the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford.

Salary

The salary for the post is €35,000.

 Minimum requirements

  • MSc or equivalent experience in a natural sciences or related field,
  • Full clean driving licence,
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills,
  • Proven track record in delivery of biodiversity surveys,
  • Keen knowledge and interest in Ireland’s biodiversity,
  • Experience of project management and reporting.

Desirable requirements

  • Track record of working in the areas of biodiversity and biodiversity survey
  • Experience of citizen science projects
  • Knowledge of biodiversity survey design
  • Expertise in marine biodiversity.

Applications

To apply, please complete the application form and send together with a one page Curriculum Vitae to the National Biodiversity Data Centre at  admin@biodiversityireland.ie.  Please mark your applications: Citizen Science Officer. The closing date for applications is 17:00hrs, Friday 14th September, 2018.  A shortlist of suitable candidates will be made, and it is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview to Waterford during the week commencing 1st October, 2018. The Data Centre will not cover costs of attending for interview.

The most suitable candidate will be appointed subject to final approval of the budget for the Citizen Science Officer post.

Application form

Download the application form from this link:  Application Form

Further information

More details of the work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre can be found on the Centre’s website at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/about-us/