We're hiring a Data & Research Officer!

The Mammal Society is seeking a Data & Research Officer to strengthen the Mammal Society’s work promoting and supporting evidence-based conservation of mammals.
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The Mammal Society is seeking an Education and Trainng Officer to help develop and deliver a programme of education and training activities and partnerships that delivers on the vision and mission of the Mammal Society.

Permanent, Full Time | Starting Salary: £24-26,000 per annum (depending on experience)

Place of Work: Home, with a minimum of four face-to-face team meetings (at different locations around the UK, sometimes involving overnight stays) for which travel expenses will be paid. Depending on the location, desk space may be arranged in universities and partner offices for particular work or on a more consistent basis if this is preferred or required.

Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 29th May 2023 | Interviews: Week commencing Monday 5th June 2023

Mammal Society - Background 

Established in 1954 we are a UK based charity devoted to the study and conservation of the mammals of the British Isles. We aim to raise awareness of the issues mammals face and share our scientific research so they can be best protected in the future. A small team of staff delivers big results through coordination and promotion of surveys, trainings, campaigns, publications and events that inspire, inform and mobilise our members and supporters and support the work of grassroots mammal groups and individual volunteers.

Following a change in leadership, The Mammal Society is undergoing a period of review and refresh in its vision, mission and approach. We are seeking a talented, enthusiastic Data and Research Officer with a passion for nature, science and conservation who will help us to put strong foundations in place so that we can deliver maximum positive impact for mammals through our work.

How to Apply

Applications via CharityJob.

The Mammal Society is committed to being an inclusive and disability-friendly employer and is keen to attract applicants from a range of backgrounds. All applications will be anonymised and shortlisted via a consistent and transparent points-based process against the requirements of the role as set out in the Job Description and Person Specification. The role is home-based, and interviews will be conducted via Zoom unless a candidate raises an issue with this format, in which case an alternative will be arranged to satisfy any requirements for inclusion.

To apply, please submit your CV with a covering statement of no more than 750 words explaining your suitability for the role as outlined in the JD and Person Specification.

We would be grateful if you could also complete and return an Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form, but this is optional and may be submitted separately.

 Submit your application to: ceo@themammalsociety.org

Job Description & Person Specification

Main purpose of job

To strengthen the Mammal Society’s work promoting and supporting evidence-based conservation of mammals by developing and managing systems for collecting, storing, analysing and presenting data on the distribution and behaviour of mammals, conducting or coordinating research and literature reviews into mammal science and conservation, and supporting local groups and individuals to contribute to Mammal Society surveys and research.

Permanent, Full Time

Starting Salary: £24,000 - £26,000 per annum

Place of Work:  Home, with a minimum of four face-to-face team meetings (at different locations around the UK, sometimes involving overnight stays) for which travel expenses will be paid. Depending on the location, desk space may be arranged in universities and partner offices for particular work or on a more consistent basis if this is preferred or required

Line Manager: CEO

The candidate for this role will be required to undertake a Standard DBS check.

Key Responsibilities


  • Review and refine the Mammal Society’s systems and processes for collecting and storing data on mammal presence and distribution.
  • Advise the CEO on software, policies and strategy relating to collection, storage, reporting and licencing of data, including the short and long term development of the Mammal Society’s own Mammal Mapper app and other bespoke tools.
  • Export and present Mammal Society data as required to inform internal and external research, communications, publications and PR.
  • Prepare data sharing agreements and licences as required.
  • Work with colleagues to develop resources and training for local groups, supporters and schools that support their effective participation in Mammal Society surveys
  • Lead on analysis and reporting on data collected from local groups, supporters and schools to identify and communicate results from surveys.


  • Support Science Project Officers and freelance researchers to access, interpret and analyse Mammal Society data on mammal populations.
  • Conduct literature reviews and field research as required to support and inform Mammal Society priorities.


  • Support local groups, students and supporters to play a role in mammal monitoring and conservation by responding to enquiries about surveys and data collection techniques with information and guidance.
  • Provide support for other Mammal Society initiatives and events as requested by the CEO.

Person Specification

The Mammal Society is committed to equal opportunities and invites applications from all backgrounds. We consider skills and competencies proven through experience (including volunteering and/or personal projects) as valuable as qualifications and training. However given the technical skills required for this role would suit a bright graduate or post-graduate of Ecology, Conservation, or Biological Sciences looking for early career experience.

No applicant is expected to embody every aspect of the person specification. Training and development support will be offered.

  • Degree-level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Proven data analysis skills
  • Proven knowledge of biodiversity monitoring and recording schemes
  • Proven skills in spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software
  • Experience of working with large data sets
  • Proven knowledge of British mammals and conservation issues
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Effective time-management and organisational skills
  • An eye for detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team
  • Initiative and resourcefulness, ability to innovate and problem-solve
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to give, receive and respond to feedback constructively
  • Adaptability and flexibility, able and willing to respond quickly to challenges and opportunities
  • Familiarity with GIS would be an advantage
  • Familiarity with coding in R and/or other data analysis programming language would be an advantage
  • Evaluation and reporting skills and experience
  • Ability to think strategically and identify ways to improve programmes in light of feedback or evaluation

Additional Information

We offer a holiday entitlement of 38 days (including the 8 normal Bank Holidays).

As a small organisation we can take a very bespoke approach to career development for each member of staff. Upon starting a Personal Development Review plan will be created with objectives not only around the delivery of your role, but around your personal aspirations and growth goals. This would determine the allocation of training budget and in the opportunities related to the Mammal Society’s work that we prioritise for you. We seek to take a person-centred approach to employee development to ensure that you gain more than a wage through your time with the society.

Our pension package is a standard 5% contribution, and since the role is based working from home rather than in an office we pay expenses for all travel required for staff meet-ups and events, or as needed for fieldwork or training courses.

We use positive action under section 159 of the Equality Act in relation to disability or race. This means that if we have two candidates of equal merit in our process, we will seek to take forward the disabled or minority ethnic candidate in order to diversify our staff and the sector.

Download a copy of the Job Description here.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application. As we are a small charity we cannot offer individual feedback to non-shortlisted candidates.

More info on our current vacancies at www.mammal.org.uk/vacancies

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Go to the profile of Lara Reden
about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing, Emily!