Nature North Spatial Analyst

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The Wildlife Trusts

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30+ days ago

Part Time: 16 Hours Per Week

1 Year Fixed Term

Closing Date for Applications: 11th September 2022

First Interview: 19th September 2022

Do you have outstanding spatial analysis and GIS skills, are you used to dealing with large spatial dataset? Do you get frustrated by the lack of use and sharing of datasets which could inform strategic decision making for the nature recovery sector? Do you want use your skills to help us shape the recovery of nature and the economy across the North of England?

Supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation we are recruiting and looking to host a spatial analyst post on behalf of Nature North. This role will pay a key part in supporting the Nature North Partnership to develop Investable Propositions for nature recovery at scale. The person appointed will support the development of an Investment Plan for Nature for the North of England.

You will work with Nature North partners to audit and collate the relevant spatial dataset. You will carry out new analysis to optimise the use of this data for the aims of Nature North. You will work with Nature North team and partners to support the sharing and use of this data. You will develop a spatial data governance strategy to ensure better sharing and use of datasets across the North of England.

Who we are

Nature North is a collaboration of environmental organisations that have come together to drive green growth and climate resilience through nature recovery in the North of England. Members of the Nature North Steering Group include the Northern Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, National Trust, the Woodland Trust, the Rivers Trust, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Northern National Parks and the Northern AONB’s. Nature North is hosted by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Nature North has recently received half a million pounds from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for a 3 year project to develop the Investable Propositions and an Investment Strategy for the North of England. This role is created though this fund.

The Wildlife Trusts are a grassroots movement of 850,000 members, 38,000 volunteers and 2,800 staff across the UK. In the face of the interlinked climate and nature crises, we strive towards of a Wilder Future and believe this can be achieved through a joined-up system (which we call a Recovery Network) that can allow the natural world to thrive once more. It’s imperative that the UK’s precious wildlife and wild spaces are properly valued and protected, and that nature across at least 30% of land and seas is given the chance to recover.

The next few years will be critical in determining what kind of world we all live in. We need to urgently reverse the loss of wildlife and put nature into recovery at scale if we are to prevent climate and ecological disaster. We recognise that this will require big, bold changes in the way The Wildlife Trusts work, not least in how we mobilise others and support them to organise within their own communities.

About you

You will have excellent skills and experience in using spatial analysis and GIS to provide data which informs decision making in the environmental sector. You will have an understanding the biophysical, ecological and social factors that influence the effectiveness of nature-based solutions. Having the ability to be self-motivated and be an effective communicator is also essential.

The Wildlife Trusts value passion, respect, trust, integrity, pragmatic activism and strength in diversity. Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims we are not judgemental, and we are inclusive. We want our people to be as diverse as nature itself and so we particularly encourage applications from those currently underrepresented within our sector, including people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

This role may be subject to a DBS check.