BioLinks Digital Development Officer

Location: FSC West Midlands and London/Berkshire regions
Salary and Benefits

FSC Salary Grade: Scale Points 21 - 23, currently £30,482 - £33,288 per annum.

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Date Posted: 16/10/2017
Field Studies Council
Preston Montford
Montford Bridge

BioLinks Digital Development Officer

The FSC has a long tradition in supporting and delivering biodiversity learning, through its taught courses but also through projects such as AIDGAP, the Biodiversity Training Project (2006-2010), Invertebrate Challenge (2010-2014), Tomorrows Biodiversity (2013-2018) and BioLinks (2016-2022). It remains one of the UK’s leading publishers of taxonomic publications ranging from entry-level fold out charts through to systematic monographs published for the Linnean Society and Royal Entomological Society. The charity has also been a key player in setting up nationally recognised accreditation schemes.

BioLinks is an exciting project for which 5 years of funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been secured to support three new staff posts: Project Manager, Project Officer and Digital Development Officer.

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How to apply:
To apply for this position please download and complete in full the NON EDUCATION application form. You must ensure that your application includes examples of how you have demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in meeting the requirements of the post detailed in both the job description and person specification.

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Send your completed application form to: OR
Human Resources, FSC Head Office, Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1HW

The closing date for receipt of your completed application is 12 noon on Monday 6th November 2017.
Interviews are scheduled to take place at FSC Head Office on Wednesday 20th November 2017
For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy please call Sue Townsend or Jennie Comerford on 01743 852100. We look forward to receiving your application in due course.

BioLinks Project information
Effective nature conservation decisions depend on the availability of good quality and robust information. Current trends are measured in biological records. BioLinks will create more records with increased accuracy and focus on those species that are currently data deficient. As a result of stronger data sets the natural heritage will be better managed, heritage will be more accurately recorded and a community of volunteers will grow stronger.

Over 2000 volunteers will be involved, bringing together a number of dispersed volunteers, with skills in biological recording and biological identification, and new volunteers. People will develop new skills and knowledge so sustaining data collection for the long term and providing a better understanding of natural heritage, especially species at risk. New volunteers will join a more structured and active community. With more support, direction and training volunteer involvement will continue and increase and volunteers will develop to become the next generation of leaders. The project will focus on two regions – West Midlands and London/Berkshire.

The inclusion of skills such as species collections curation, using reference collections, valuing wider natural history observations and sharing them through accessible technology and the use of public citizen science takes BioLinks beyond just being a training project. BioLinks is the result of mature reflection on how to support people to have more understanding of natural heritage.

BioLinks is a developmental project and this post in particular must both support and initiate change in response to the needs of the people, communities and natural heritage involved.

Key responsibilities:
• Creating prototypes and tools to support the biological recording community to increase their skills and knowledge and to share better with each other e.g.
• signposting tools for resources and information,
• matching volunteer mentors and mentees skills,
• online portals for making biological records and photo sharing tools
• multi access keys
• wider knowledge base sharing to increase natural history observations and capture and use serendipitous connections
• Developing, leading and delivering training to volunteers on tools and resources such as multi access keys, GIS, videos and online training content
• Leading on digital communications and technology for the project, closely liaising with FSC marketing and communications teams. This will include web development work.
• Supporting the Project Manager in the administration and management of events
• Working closely with the BioLinks team and FSC Biodiversity Learning Manager to develop products, resources and digital responses to evolving needs
• Working closely with FSC Biodiversity and FSC administration to support the development of training course bookings systems which work within current FSC systems
• Any other duties that may reasonably be required to ensure the promotion of the FSC’s biodiversity initiative

• Due to the nature of the post it would be advantageous if the post holder were able to drive. To drive FSC vehicles you will need to be 21 years or over, have a full valid driving licence, to have been driving for at least two years, and undertake an internal assessment on commencement in the role.
• Complying with all relevant legislation / FSC Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs) / FSC Health and Safety Handbook and FSC procedures
• Delivering a high standard of customer service and customer care
• Ensuring the highest standards of quality are achieved in all duties carried out
• Working closely with other staff to ensure that appropriate levels of service are maintained during absences and periods of high workload
• Maintaining professional standards at all times in accordance with FSC policies
• Fulfilling your obligations under FSC’s Behaviour Partnership to ensure a happy, productive working environment
• Attending staff meetings as well as FSC internal and external training as required and participating fully in staff development activities (sometimes this may involve travel to other learning locations with the occasional overnight stay)

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