Biodiversity / Ecologist Positions
Esri Ireland are looking to recruit Senior Ecologists and Ecologists on a contract basis for Ecological Mapping Support Services to an environmental agency in Ireland to assist with their monitoring, reporting and conservation objectives. Objectives include collating and validating data (gathered from a wide range of sources) on Ireland’s biodiversity to document wildlife resource and to track change over time. The scope of work includes species and habitat information relating to the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environment. In addition, the programme coordinates data collection and recording, and it assists in the mainstreaming of biodiversity data and information into many areas of life in Ireland including planning, conservation management and research.
The role will appeal to individuals who have a good background in preparing, manipulating, analysing and managing ecological data using a mixture of Esri’s market-leading spatial software and traditional relational database management systems.
The main responsibilities include the following:
Monitoring and Reporting
- Source, collate, validate, and publish marine, terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity records and associated cyclical and seasonal natural phenomena events.
- Act as a central repository for such information from stakeholders.
- Use international best practice and standards for all aspects of biodiversity data collection, labelling, digital storage and sharing, as well as guidelines for their use, to support biodiversity research excellence and interoperability.
- Collate, prepare, manipulate, analyse and manage spatial data associated with EU Habitats/Birds Directives and other monitoring and reporting requirements. Work includes preparing spatial datasets and maps for habitats and species experts.
- Identify new sources of biodiversity data, or data sets, relating to species, habitats, and events, for inclusion in the Centre’s systems.
- Provide facilities for retrieval, analysis and visualisation of legally protected and threatened species and habitats from the inventories held by the Centre, with reference to appropriate checklists and taxonomic nomenclatures for protected and threatened species and habitats, to facilitate analysis, querying and reporting by users.
- Maintain and manage data on marine, terrestrial and freshwater invasive alien species in Ireland, and further develop the national framework for the management and provision of such data.
- Undertake quality control of spatial datasets submitted by third parties.
- Publish biodiversity monitoring datasets as Open Data and completing metadata records on the Irish Spatial Data Exchange and Data.gov.ie as required.
- Publish biodiversity monitoring data as map visualisations to ArcGIS Online portal.
- Promote the identification, collection and submission of habitat data and the use of the Heritage Council’s (Fossitt, 2000) classification and to EU Annex I classification where appropriate.
- Prepare maps of scientific data for internal and external customers.
- Maintain and manage National Inventories and Surveys.
- Share and increase accessibility to biodiversity data in the bioinformatics infrastructure provided by the Centre.
- Maintain, update, and enhance the functionality of the existing website and the bioinformatics infrastructure.
- Manage, protect and preserve biodiversity data to archival/information management standards as contained in the National Biodiversity Information Management Systems and bioinformatics infrastructure, including data from citizen science programmes.
- Prepare, manipulate, manage and disseminate scientific spatial datasets, particularly in relation to the production of Natura 2000 Site-Specific Conservation Objectives. Work includes map preparation for publication, as well as undertaking quality control of spatial datasets submitted by third parties.
- Publish Site Specific Conservation Objectives datasets as Open Data and completing metadata records on the Irish Spatial Data Exchange, National Biodiversity Data Centre and Data.gov.ie as required.
- Publish Site Specific Conservation Objectives as map visualisations to ArcGIS Online portal.
- Understanding of international best practice and standards for all aspects of biodiversity data collection, labelling, digital storage and sharing.
- Experience in managing, protecting and preserving biodiversity data to archival/information management standards as contained in the National Biodiversity Information Management Systems and bioinformatics infrastructure.
- Experience in Preparation, manipulation, management and dissemination of scientific spatial datasets.
- Undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in a cognate discipline.
- Demonstrable Experience in ecological map production and reporting of scientific spatial data.
- Understanding of NPWS Natura 2000 and NPWS scientific datasets, mapping and data management systems.
- An understanding of the data management requirements of protected sites data, including Natura 2000 reporting.
- A clear understanding of protected sites data, ecological survey data and habitat classification systems in use in Ireland and mapping using these systems.
- Experience with non-spatial tabular data manipulation and integration (e.g. MS Excel/Ms Access).
- Experience in data management including metadata, particularly in the context of biodiversity spatial data.
- The ability to work in a collaborative manner; to deadlines and changing priorities; completing tasks to achieve time, cost and quality targets.
Desirable Skills & Experience
- Experience working with Esri technology; with experience in the following Esri software application areas: ArcGIS Desktop, Esri Geodatabases, Esri Web Map Services (desktop publishing).
- A clear understanding of co-ordinate reference systems, spatial data capture and spatial data standards and guidelines.
- Post graduate diploma in GIS or a minimum of 3 years relevant post-graduate experience in GIS.
- Familiarity with Esri Web Map Service publishing workflows.
- Experience with ArcGIS Online.
- Experience in batch file processing.
- A clear understanding of the requirements of the EU INSPIRE Directive reporting, in relation to themes of relevance.
Please email your letter of application and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your letter of application should demonstrate how you fit this role based on your experience to date. Please include details of your current and expected day rate and give details of your availability both for interview and for employment if your application is successful.
No agencies please