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Somerset Environmental Records Centre Manager (SERC)

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   England (South West)
Salary   £27,317 - 33,619 plus employer pension contribution of 7%
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   17/10/2019
Company Name   Somerset Wildlife Trust
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About Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC)

  • For over 20 years SERC has been the focal organisation for holding data on wildlife sightings, types of environments and geological information for Somerset. Set up in 1986 as a joint venture between Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset County Council, the Records Centre is a partnership organisation based within the Trust.
  • SERC is a member of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres and has close links to the National Biodiversity Network, and the National Federation of Biological Recorders. SERC is hosted by Somerset Wildlife Trust who, together with our partner organisations, guide the development of the Records Centre through an Executive Group.

Job Description – Key Responsibilities and Tasks

Strategy and Business Development

  • Responsible for the strategic development and operational management of SERC.
  • Responsible for the business development of SERC, identifying opportunities for additional markets and services, and developing and implementing a Business Plan.
  • Position SERC as the ‘go to’ ecological data evidence provider for the county and leading the marketing and communications to drive this forward.
  • Develop SERC to achieve commitments through Service Level Agreements, ensuring that SERC is having a positive contribution to planning and policy across the county.
  • Work with the CEO of Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Senior Leadership Team to develop an evidence-led conservation strategy to aid the restoration of nature at landscape scale.

Data Services

  • Establish customer requirements, including researching and monitoring of users’ needs.
  • Oversee the work programmes in data capture, entry, management and dissemination to support evidence driven decision-making.


Achieve the aims of the Business Plan agreed with SERC Executive Group and Somerset Wildlife Trust through:

  • Managing the SERC team in the setting of objectives, priorities and work programmes to ensure high quality, efficient and timely delivery of projects and services to users.
  • Developing and applying Local Records Centre protocols and policies, meeting the requirements of data users and providers, as well as professional codes of conduct and the promotion of national standards, through achieving ALERC accreditation.
  • Keeping abreast of and contributing to political and technical developments in biodiversity data management and make presentations of SERC’s work and national policy development to seminars and conferences.
  • Receiving and resolving complaints and representations about SERC services from data users and providers.

Advocacy and Influence

  • Develop excellent relationships with national and local recording communities and support them to contribute high quality useful data that informs an evidence-led strategy to improve Somerset’s natural environment.
  • Coordinate the SERC Executive Group to deliver and monitor an effective strategy for the Records Centre that provides usable data for planners, Service Level Agreement holders and working with Somerset Wildlife Trust, in the provision of a conservation strategy for the county.

Project Development and Delivery

  • Develop, secure the funding, and manage SERC project-based work, meeting the aims of an agreed Business Plan and Somerset Wildlife Trust’s strategy.


  • The job holder is required to follow and comply with all policies and procedures of the Trust, which includes the Trust’s Health and Safety procedures in the workplace, ensuring personal safety, and safeguarding the interests and safety of all staff, trainees, visitors, and others at the Trust.
  • Uphold the working values and expectations of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.
  • Carry out other duties relevant to your post as reasonably required by your line manager.
  • Have a valid full UK driving licence and use of your own vehicle for business purposes.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 17 October, 5pm – previous applicants need not apply.

Interviews: Monday 28 October

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