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National Biodiversity Data Centre

Surveys and Records Officer



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. The work programme of the Data Centre is overseen by a Management Board, made up of representative of partner organisations from the public sector.

A key element of the work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre is supporting and promoting citizen science engagement in the recording of biodiversity data. The Data Centre operates Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal to capture casual records of a wide variety of taxa and manages the National Sampling Framework to organise some of its national surveys. Over the years, the use of these systems has significantly increased, and they now generate more than 100,000 records annually that need verification and validation.  The National Biodiversity Data Centre is seeking to appoint a Surveys and Records Officer to take responsibility for delivering an efficient record verification and validation process to support its citizen science activities.


The post

The Surveys and Records Officer is an exciting employment opportunity with the National Biodiversity Data Centre to take the lead role in providing coordination and management of the national surveys and biodiversity records managed by the Data Centre. The intention would be for the successful applicant to commence employment as soon as possible in 2020 following the conclusion of the selection process.


Duties will include:
  • Development of biodiversity record verification and validation protocols and processes;
  • Engagement with national experts to facilitate efficient verification and validation of records;
  • Management and overseeing the record validation processes;
  • Managing records using a SQL database;
  • Assisting with the promotion and coordination of national surveys;
  • Providing support and coordination of recorders and surveyors to improve both the quality and quantity of records;
  • Collating data from partner organisations to assist with updating of the suite of National Biodiversity Indicators.



This post is offered initially as a contract to the end of 2020, but with the possibility of long-term employment subject to availability of funding.



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



The salary for the post is in the range of €30,000 to €35,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience.

Minimum requirements
  • BSc in the natural sciences or a related field or equivalent professional experience.
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Keen knowledge and interest in Ireland’s biodiversity


Desirable requirements
  • Identification skills of different taxonomic groups, particularly invertebrates
  • Specific expertise in biodiversity surveys
  • Experience of record validation
  • Familiarity with ICT data management practices



To apply, please submit a cover letter with a one page Curriculum Vitae to the National Biodiversity Data Centre at  Please mark your applications: Surveys and Records Officer.


The closing date for applications is 17:00hrs, Monday 16th December 2019, but the Data Centre may choose to extend the application date at its discretion. A shortlist of suitable candidates will be made, and it is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in Waterford on the 9th January 2020. The Data Centre is not in a position to cover costs of attending for interview.


Further information

More details of the work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre can be found on the Centre’s website at


If you have questions about the position, please contact:

Dr Liam Lysaght

Centre Director

National Biodiversity Data Centre

Telephone: 051 306240


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The National Biodiversity Data Centre is an initiative of the Heritage Council and is jointly funded by The Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs.  It is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics.