Project Conservation Data Officer

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Project Conservation Data Officer
£37,500 – £39,759 per annum pro-rata
Full time, Fixed term until end of August 2027
Kew Gardens, Richmond, Hybrid

We are seeking a highly motivated Project Conservation Data Officer. This is an exciting
opportunity to play a central role in an on-going programme, encompassing seven conservation,
humanitarian and sustainable development organisations working collaboratively across nine
protected areas, encompassing all of Madagascar’s major biomes.

About the role

Based at Kew Gardens in London, this role will work closely with the Kew Madagascar
Conservation Center as well as a network of collaborating organisation including Madagascar
Voakajy, Durrell Wildlife and Conservation Trust, Missouri Botanical Garden, The Peregrine Fund
and CARE International.

Madagascar’s Protected Area Network – Background to the project:

Madagascar’s Protected Area Network has been established to protect the island’s unique and
threatened habitats, biodiversity, and ecosystems, including globally important forests. The
landscapes within and around this network are also home to thousands of rural, largely
nature-dependent communities that rely on these protected areas to provide essential benefits
that underpin their wellbeing. Successful management of Madagascar’s protected areas is
therefore inextricably linked to and contingent on delivering sustainable and equitable
development for people in the surrounding landscape. While Madagascar’s biodiversity enriches
the lives of all humanity, rural Malagasy must not be disadvantaged by its conservation.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is leading a consortium of conservation and development NGOs as part
of a major £10m investment in Madagascar, through the Defra Biodiverse Landscapes Fund.
Building on over 100 years of combined community-based conservation experience in Madagascar,
and mobilising a predominately Malagasy team, we seek to deliver a data driven and
evidence-based model for the sustainable management of Madagascar’s protected areas, that
tackles poverty, biodiversity loss and climate change in unison.

A major feature of this project is the integration and management of data, to critically
evaluate the most impactful and cost-effective conservation and livelihood interventions. The
ideal candidate will be familiar with collating and managing diverse information sources
including household surveys, biodiversity data, remote sensing data and community monitoring
indicators using advanced digital platform approaches to field data collection, collation and
analysis. Activities generating data across the consortium include forest regeneration and
restoration, sustainable agriculture, fire management, community patrolling, wildlife
monitoring, village savings and loans associations and access to family planning among others.

Protected areas in Madagascar represent resource-rich islands in a landscape of critically
compromised natural capital and are inevitably subjected to increasing pressure as a
consequence. The biodiversity and carbon they hold will be eroded, along with other ecosystem
services they provide, whilst dependent livelihoods will become increasingly vulnerable. By
investing in local needs and enhancing the natural capital of the surrounding landscapes we aim
to reduce pressures on the natural ecosystems on which these communities rely. By reducing such
pressures, we will also be able to protect and restore PAs within Madagascar to ensure they
continue to support biodiversity conservation, mitigate climate impacts and sustain community
livelihoods in the future.

This role is based at Kew with the option of regular home working, subject to operational
requirements.

About Us

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants
and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where
nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by
drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global
network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi. 

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous
annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an
Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and
discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and
free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own
beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the
community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria
for the post.

No agencies please.

Closing date: 02/07/2023

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