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Consultant's post with Countryscape



Time and duration: One year, full-time (37 hours per week), with potential to extend.
Location: Based in Manchester with some travel around the UK and Europe.

Organisation background

Countryscape is a multi-disciplinary company, combining the creative skills of a communications agency with the scientific knowledge of an environmental consultancy. Operating since 2002, within the environmental and tourism sectors, Countryscape has been providing expertise in design and interpretation; events and consultation; mapping and geographical information systems (GIS); and, landscape and sense of place. Their client list is highly diverse and includes government departments and agencies, research institutes, local authorities, National Parks and AONBs, major charities and community groups.

Job summary

Countryscape is looking for a motivated, multi-skilled person to join their team in helping to deliver a wide range of projects within the environmental and tourism sectors. You’ll be working with landscape ecologists, scientists, graphic designers, copywriters and marketers; sometimes in partnership with Countryscape associates; at other times directly alongside their clients.

This isn’t a role where your responsibilities will be neatly defined. The nature of Countryscape's business means that each day often brings a new set of tasks and challenges, so you’ll need to be someone who is calm under pressure, capable of taking the initiative and managing their own workload effectively. You might be helping to plan a community workshop or a professional conference; researching and writing content for a heritage interpretation project; contributing to a landscape strategy or a green infrastructure audit, or travelling to a project meeting in Brussels.

Job description

This post is full-time for one year with scope to further extend the position and develop new skills.

Essential skills and experience

  • Able to research and produce good quality written information for a range of different audiences.
  • Able to work effectively in partnership with people from different disciplines.
  • Capable of understanding and analysing technical environmental information and reports.
  • Experience of organising events and/or information networks.
  • Interest in understanding natural and cultural heritage.
  • Degree level qualification in a relevant discipline.

Desirable skills and experience

  • Background in landscape / environment / green infrastructure.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement or event facilitation.
  • Interest in maps and experience of using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Experience of website content management.

Person specification

  • Flexible and able to tackle new challenges.
  • Able to manage own workload, meet deadlines and deal with competing priorities.
  • Quick learner and capable of acquiring new skills.
  • Experience of dealing with a diversity of people at all levels of seniority.
  • Willing to travel nationally and internationally.

Conditions of service

Salary: £21,000 to £26,000, depending on experience.
Contract period: The position is full time (37 hours per week) for one year from June 2015 to June 2016.

The appointment will be subject to a one month probationary period during which no holiday can be taken unless in exceptional circumstances and by prior arrangement.

Date April 27, 2015
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Ecologist/Senior Ecologist post


Ecologist/Senior Ecologist post

Blackdown Environmental has a vacancy for an experienced, dynamic and committed Ecologist or Senior Ecologist to join the expanding Ecological Department. The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking a variety of tasks within the department, including undertaking surveys, preparing reports and protected species mitigation licence applications, and tendering for and managing projects with the support of senior colleagues. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of providing high quality ecological advice and experience of utilising new technologies.

Blackdown Environmental is especially interested in candidates with a background in implementing GIS systems with regards habitat mapping and ecological data capture, and experience of designing mitigation strategies and applying for European Protected Species Mitigation Licences for projects involving great crested newts.

Essential Requirements:

  • Degree in Ecology or related subject.
  • Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
  • At least 4 years of working within the field of Ecological Consultancy.
  • Holder of protected species licences (great crested newt and bat licences preferred).
  • Experience of undertaking Phase 1 habitat survey, Preliminary Ecological Appraisal and providing chapters for Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA).
  • Excellent written communication skills and experience of producing high quality reports.
  • Attention to detail and methodical approach to tasks.
  • Professional appearance and manner with clients.
  • Ability to work away from the main office including overnight stays when required.
  • Driving licence and access to own vehicle.
  • Willingness to work evenings and early mornings when required, often at short notice.
  • Willingness to undertake drug and alcohol testing when required.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Use and implementation of GIS systems for habitat mapping and ecological data capture.
  • Experience in application for European Protected Species Mitigation Licences.
  • CSCS card.
  • PTS rail qualification.

Salary: Depending on skills and experience

How to apply:

Please apply with a CV and covering letter to adam at blackdownenvironmental.co.uk 

To discuss further, please call Adam Bratt on 01404 891188.

Deadline: no later than 5pm, Monday, 11 May 2015

Date April 22, 2015

EDINA GeoForum 2015: bookings now open


Bookings are now open for GeoForum 2015 hosted by EDINA. This year the event is being held at the University of Greenwich on the 16th June.


GeoForum is a free event aimed at lecturers, researchers and support staff who promote and support the use of maps and geo-data at their institution.

The event will cover current Jisc-funded developments at EDINA and the wider community. There will be demonstrations and talks showcasing what can be achieved with maps and spatial data. Recent progress and future developments with the Digimap service will also be demonstrated.

This year's theme is the Urban Environment but there will be opportunity to discuss any dataset and support issues with EDINA staff.

This also an opportunity for you to give feedback to EDINA on their services and discuss geospatial issues with the team and other geo-data experts. Jisc and EDINA are always keen to find out how we can better serve the geo community.

Reasons for Attending:

  • Get up-to-date with all the newest geo-datasets and services enhancements from EDINA.
  • Find out how site reps at other institutions are promoting and supporting the use of digital mapping and spatial services.
  • Learn about how Ordnance Survey create cartographic representations for their mapping products.
  • Meet representatives from Jisc and mapping organisations such as Ordnance Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and SeaZone.
  • Find out about GIS software from vendors such as Cadcorp and Esri.


Queen Anne Court, The University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
SE10 9LS


16 June 2015 10:00 - 16:15



Provisional Programme:

This year we will be including a talk on making maps from spatial data by Ordnance Survey's cartogrpahic team.

Contact Details

Please contact EDINA if you have any questions:

Email: edina at ed.ac.uk
Phone: 0131 650 3302

Reserve your place now:


Date April 21, 2015
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Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis

Cost Learning Resource

Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis

Spaces are still available on the two 'Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis' courses being run by the University of Liverpool, one in Liverpool on the 27th April 2015, the other in London on the 29th April 2015. Full details can be found using the links below:


Date: Liverpool: Monday 27th April 2015, 9:30am – 4pm
Venue: Training Room 1, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool


Date: London: Wednesday 29th April 2015, 10am – 4pm
Venue: PC Suite 1, University of Liverpool in London

Date April 21, 2015

Production Support Technician's post at the UK Hydrographic Office


Production Support Technician

Salary: £17,719
Excellent benefits
Position Type: 23 months (Fixed Term Appointment)

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is looking for candidates with a familiarity in areas such as: Cartography, Hydrography, Oceanography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Navigation Systems.

Working with a team of specialists, your role will involve GIS and database management: updating, manipulating, maintaining, searching and extracting data from UKHO databases in support of production activities.

This role will include:

• Research in support of navigational products
• Sourcing data for capture and distribution
• Preparing new editions for digitisation
• Product updates and maintenance

You will need to demonstrate (with examples as appropriate), via covering letter, a proven track record against each of the following essential criteria and competencies (maximum of 250 words each).

Key skills/Experience in:

• The ability to learn and apply new software
• The ability to adapt to change in areas of work and processes.
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• An understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Navigation Systems.

Competencies – Level 1

• Seeing the Big Picture
• Making Effective Decisions
• Collaborating and Partnering
• Building Capability for All
• Delivering at Pace

This is a Ministry of Defence non-reserved post, for which applicants must be British citizens, citizens of the Irish Republic, a Commonwealth state or EEA nations. Successful applicants will require NSV Security Clearance you will; therefore, need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 5 years.

To apply, please e-mail your CV and covering letter, demonstrating your experience, to recruitment@ukho.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 29 April 2015.

Date April 20, 2015

Lectureship in GIS/Geoinformatics at the University of Glasgow


Lectureship in GIS/Geoinformatics at the University of Glasgow

Closing date for applications: Sunday, 17 May 2015.

Reference Number: 008581
Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service: College of Science and Engineering
Department: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Job Family: Research And Teaching
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: Grade 7 = £33,242 to £37,394 / Grade 8 = £40,046 to £46,400

Job Purpose

To deliver internationally excellent research and teaching across Geographical & Earth Sciences undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at the University of Glasgow and to teach in the Environmental Management MSc course in our joint graduate school with Nankai University, China and to undertake administration as assigned by the Head of School.

This post is based at the main campus of the University of Glasgow, but it is a requirement of the post that the appointee will travel regularly to Nankai University in China. It is expected that the appointee will travel to Nankai, twice per annum for visits typically of 3 weeks duration, but longer or more frequent visits may be required to meet operational demands.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Deliver a range of teaching and assessment activities across Geographical & Earth Sciences undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Glasgow and in the Environmental Management International Masters programme in Nankai, taking responsibility for existing courses and developing and leading new courses.

2. Contribute to enhancing the research profile of the School including maintaining a track record of publications of international quality in leading journals.

3. Develop and maintain an externally funded research programme across the School, College and University, exploring research collaborations in Nankai.

4. Supervise Masters and undergraduate student projects.

5. Supervise and train postgraduate students to ensure their effective development.

6. Work with industry to develop research projects and generate funding to develop opportunities for PGT student projects and PGR studentships.

7. Participate in appropriate research seminars/conferences within subject area.

8. Participate in School research group activities and new initiatives.

9. Lead aspects of the planning, organisation and delivery of postgraduate and/or undergraduate teaching activities within GES in accordance with established School programmes.

10. Contribute to the on-going development and design of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research–led approach to student learning.

11. Enhance the student learning experience.

12. appropriate, using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students.

13. Engage in knowledge exchange activities as appropriate.

14. Promote the University’s internationalisation agenda.

15. Undertake School administration as assigned by the Head of School.

16. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required by the Head of School.



A1 PhD in Geoinformatics, Geomatics, Remote Sensing or an appropriate discipline.
A2 Up-to-date knowledge of research within the subject area.
A3 Up-to-date knowledge of Remote Sensing and GIS.
A4 Excellent knowledge of Geography, Geomatics, Environmental Science or Earth Science.

For appointment at Grade 8:

A5 An established track record of published research of international quality in in GIS, Geoinformatics, Environmental Science or Environmental Management.


B1 Knowledge of Geomatics.
B1 Knowledge of Environmental Management.
B2 Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

More information about this post, and further skill requirements, can be found on the University of Glasgow's Jobs web page.. On the vacancy search page, please enter 008581 in the Reference field to access this job announcement.

Date April 20, 2015

GIS and Modelling Analyst post with leading UK retailer


Hours: 36 Hours per week
Salary: Competitive
Location: Welwyn Garden City AL7 1TW United Kingdom
Application Deadline: 07/05/2015

About The Job

An opportunity has arisen for a GIS & Modelling Analyst in the International Property Research team at Tesco, based in the UK but supporting our teams across Europe and Asia.

As a function, Property Research supports the business by providing strategic insight to guide decision making with regards to new store appraisal, estate optimisation and broader customer research.

Main Responsibilities

• Develop sales forecast models & frameworks in conjunction with country teams to support new store assessment
• Develop GIS functionality to support country analysts with delivery of spatial insight to drive property actions and improved sales performance
• Develop and define best practice on core property research analytical tasks
• Coach and upskill country analysts to build their analytical and insight capability
• Identify and evaluate new data sources that could enhance the insight in a country
• Undertake analytical project work to provide actionable insight into key property-related business issues

Ideal Candidate

To succeed in this role you’ll need:

• A high level of numeracy with strong analytical and problem solving skills
• Experience of using statistical packages such as R, SAS or SPSS for analysis of large datasets and to build predictive models alongside advanced spreadsheet and database skills
• To be a strong communicator able to explain complex ideas to a wide range of audiences

In addition it’s an advantage if you have:

• Experience of using Geographic Information Systems for spatial analysis
• Knowledge of SQL or similar language
• Willingness to undertake travel overseas

Date April 20, 2015

Lecturer's vacancy in Laser Scanning and Photogrammetric Computer Vision at Newcastle University



School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

You should have research interests in applications complementing or supplementing their current research in photogrammetric computer vision and laser scanning (urban and coastal modelling for infrastructure assessment, erosion monitoring and flood risk assessment), and a track record in applying advanced analysis to primary data sets and development of physical models is desirable.

You will contribute modules to their geomatics undergraduate programmes, which may include residential field courses. You should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area and have experience in laser scanning and photogrammetry.

The post is available for two years. Interviews will be held in late May/early June 2015.

For further details and informal enquiries please contact Professor Jon Mills on +44 (0)191 208 5393, or e-mail: 
Jon.Mills at newcastle.ac.uk

Full details, and the online application form, are available online.

The closing date is Tuesday, 5 May 2015.

Date April 20, 2015

Senior Social Researcher's post at the Office for National Statistics


Senior Social Researcher

Salary: £32,918 to £38,861
Post type: Permanent, Full-time (37 hours)
Number of posts: 10

Reference number: 1450427

As a SEO Specialist Senior Social Researcher within ONS, you will be responsible for a variety of unique and interesting pieces of statistical work supporting ONS. These roles vary across different business areas, but frequently involve liaising with other government departments and external stakeholders, working collaboratively across teams within ONS to deliver statistical research and outputs, and provide analytical solutions for customers. You will be accountable for the research tasks in your teams and will oversee the work of less experienced staff, building analytical capability within the organisation.

These senior roles offer you an exciting opportunity to provide a leading role to help us achieve our vision while developing your own professional career.

Job Description:

You will join a team of professionals working together using a range of research approaches and statistical analysis, on a wide variety of exciting and challenging tasks. These will include:

• Accurately identifying gaps in the evidence base and making sound recommendations on how this can be managed. 
• Contributing to the design of new surveys and/or redesign of existing surveys. 
• Leading on the pilots for new techniques and approaches to sourcing data. 
• Overseeing the processing and quality assurance of survey data and data from other sources. 
• Managing individuals who produce statistical analysis as sound evidence to decision makers. 
• Creating innovative analysis which portrays its messages in clear and simple terms – particularly for non-analytical colleagues. 
• Responsibility for building relationships across organisational boundaries. 
• Taking responsibility to ensure data security is given the highest priority. 
• Leading work programmes and mentoring less experienced staff. 
• Producing tailored analytical technical reports and presentations and effectively drawing out the key message.

Person Specifications:

The post holder will have experience in the operation and delivery of statistical research, design and delivery. You will be able to demonstrate the following:

• Experience of using project management techniques to deliver statistical business as usual. 
• Proven record of working under pressure independently and as part of a team, reporting progress and problems promptly to aid delivery of target dates. 
• Experience of taking an evidenced based approach to help inform, and make recommended decisions. 
• A good track record of maintaining and developing relationships with customers and stakeholders, communicating to influence and challenge effectively. 
• Responsibility for work packages and helping/mentoring less experience staff. 
• Have knowledge and/or experience of using statistical software for example SPSS, or be willing to undertake training. 
• Ability to work and prioritise a busy workload to deliver to deadline and priorities. 
• Reviewing data collected, challenging anomalies and securing explanations for material variances. 
• Experience of working in applied social research in which strong research, analytical or data collection skills have been clearly demonstrated. 
• Detailed knowledge of the main quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and experience of their use. 
• Understanding of the pros and cons of different research methods to advise, critique and make independent direct use of the techniques. 
• Proven ability to combine intellectual rigour with effective verbal and non–verbal communication, clearly explaining technical issues and drafting, presenting for non-expert as well as expert audiences.

The roles available require intellectual curiosity; self confidence and belief in one’s abilities and judgement; good communication, analytical, numerical and problem solving skills. You should also be interested in managing a quality service, collaborating and partnering and delivering at pace.

Team working is essential to the success of ONS and therefore you should be able to view goals and objectives in this light, prioritising at a team level on occasion, whilst considering and understanding the emotional and social needs of others at work.

If you believe you have the right skills for these roles, please visit the Civil Service Jobs website for more details and to apply for the post.


Date April 20, 2015

Seasonal Ecologists posts with Environmental Consultants (Ecus)


Locations: Sheffield, Manchester, Cheltenham, Basingstoke
Salary: £15 to 17,000 pro rata, depending on role and experience
Type: Full time, six month initial contract

Ecus Ltd has been providing environmental consultancy services for over 29 years and has gained a reputation for technical excellence, staff development and having a great working environment.  We are currently seeking seasonal ecologists to assist on our large range of projects throughout Britain, including large infrastructure projects and research and long term monitoring projects.

The Role

Working alongside our licensed bat, dormouse and great crested newt surveyors, reptile experts and nationally acclaimed botanists, you will gain first hand experience of a range of ecological surveys and supporting services.

The role will include:

  • assisting ecological surveys including great crested newt and bat activity surveys;
  • pre-survey preparation; and
  • field recording and input of survey data.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • educated to graduate level (ideally to MSc level);
  • ability to use ArcGIS;
  • full driving licence; and
  • previous survey experience desirable.

On a personal level, we are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people with good communication skills and the ability to fit into a lively and ambitious team. You must be willing to work anti-social hours and away from base where required.

Salry and Benefits

As well as our generous benefits package we are committed to assisting the professional and personal development of our team and have been awarded Investors in People status.

Competitive salary

  • opportunity to gain survey and consultancy skills;
  • flexible approach to workFriendly, supportive working environment; and
  • potential for role to become permanent.

Applications should be made via email including CV and covering letter. Please indicate your preferred location.  If you would like further information regarding this opportunity or have any question feel free to contact us using the details below.
Closing date for applications: Friday, 15 May 2015 though early applications are encouraged as an immediate start would be desirable.

Email: recruitment at ecusltd.co.uk

Date April 20, 2015
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