Marine Data Officer - 29223

Marine Data Officer - 29223
Staff Grade 3
Fixed Term
Analytical, Environment & Sustainability
Full Time
£27,245 pro-rata

21/07/2024, 23:55 hours

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We’re looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Marine Data Officer to undertake seabed habitat data analysis. The job will be awarded for a temporary fixed-term period, up to the end of March 2025.
You will be mainly responsible for undertaking analysis of data collected from kelp habitat surveys. You will also be required to manage and analyse data from other similar habitats such as seagrass. The data includes underwater camera and echosounder data, collected through an innovative pilot Natural Capital & Ecosystem and Asset programme. The role will be desk based and involve managing and processing large volumes of data collected by our field teams. There will be opportunities to join field surveys to observe how the data is collected. Data analysis training will be provided but you will be required to develop data management processes and protocols.
The role will involve the following tasks:
• Processing and analysing kelp and seagrass habitat data collected with underwater camera and echosounder instruments
• Developing efficient data management processes and data pipelines, from data collection through to analysis and storage
• Supporting the development and implementation of quality control procedures

The team are seeking ways to automate seabed image analysis through the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning systems. The role will include opportunities to support the development of these techniques.

Responding to incidents is part of what we do. You’ll have the option to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents or provide business continuity support. This may attract an additional payment and full training will be proivided should you choose to have one.

Our team promotes an inclusive culture and we welcome all applicants, especially colleagues who are disabled, LGBT+ or Black Asian and Minority Ethnic. Part time and job share applications also encouraged.
The role sits within the Coastal and Estuarine Assessment (CEA) Team, within National Monitoring Fish & Ecology. CEA provides a complete design, advice and assessment technical service supporting coastal and estuarine ecological outcomes. The team delivers operational, scientific and technical support to local and national teams, and to external national partners. It provides advice on marine ecological impacts and mitigation needs for marine developments and permits, including large infrastructure projects such as Nuclear New Build.
We’re seeking a Marine Data Officer ideally with marine data handling experience and an understanding of coastal habitats and marine ecology. Data analysis training will be provided but previous experience using SonarPro® software would be advantageous. You’ll be qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and/or possess a proven ability and/or knowledge of:
• Coastal and estuarine science
• Microsoft Excel
• Data handling practices
Other key requirements for this job include excellent communication skills, problem solving skills and the ability to prioritise workloads. The ability to work both within in a team and independently is also essential.
The post is a temporary fixed-term role with the Environment Agency, for the period up to 31st March 2025.

Some occasional travel may be required to attend meetings, observe surveys and support colleagues across the business as well as to represent our interests at a national level. For more information please contact Keith McGruer by e-mail

We offer flexibility around office base location. The Environment Agency has offices located across all regions of England. It is expected that this role can be done in a hybrid way, with a mix of home and office working, depending on the individual circumstances and business operational needs.
Up to 6-7 Months
Data and Information Management
Can you describe a time when you compiled and analysed lots of data to achieve an objective?
Achieves Results
Can you tell us when you’ve developed plan and put it into action?
Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Can you describe a time when you have improved a process involving data management?
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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