Rewilding Britain

Data Engineer

Rewilding Britain wants to see rewilding flourishing across Britain - reconnecting us with the natural world, sustaining communities and tackling the climate emergency and extinction crisis. Established in 2014 as the only national rewilding charity in Britain, we champion rewilding, acting as a catalyst for debate and action and demonstrating the power of nature to address the enormous threats we face.

Rewilding Britain wants to see rewilding flourishing across Britain - reconnecting us with the natural world, sustaining communities and tackling the climate emergency and extinction crisis. Established in 2014 as the only national rewilding charity in Britain, we champion rewilding, acting as a catalyst for debate and action and demonstrating the power of nature to address the enormous threats we face.

In 2021 we launched the Rewilding Network – a place for landowners, land managers and project managers who are rewilding land and sea. After only 12 months the network already has 500 projects covering over 120,000 ha of land, and is growing rapidly. We also have an active and growing supporter and donor base. With this growth comes increasing volumes and complexity of data that can be utilised and there is a need to evolve and join-up the technology systems that support our operations. We are looking for somebody to join our team who will proactively manage both data and systems and lead the charge within these areas.

Data includes both information about individuals and projects as well as a variety of rewilding site monitoring information and mapping data. It is increasingly important that we proactively manage the way that data is processed (collected, stored, extracted, summarised) such that the data is useful to us on an ongoing basis and for decision making. We also need to ensure we continue to remain compliant with data protection regulations.

There are a number of areas where technology systems will enable us to be more effective and efficient as an organisation. We have recently implemented a new customer relationship management tool and there are many opportunities to make full use of this tool and its integration with other systems. This role will span oversight of third parties performing development on our behalf as well as opportunities to be hands-on with some development in house.

If you think you have the skills, drive and determination to join our team, we’d like to hear from you.

What can you bring?

This is an exciting opportunity to create something that really makes a difference to a growing movement and builds the technology and data foundation for rewilding in Britain. We are looking for someone who shares our passion for rewilding and the natural world who is:

  • Experienced in designing data models and has practical experience of working with various data and databases
  • A systems thinker who can lead the design and implementation of data and systems strategy and can spot opportunities to enable the organisation to become more efficient and effective using technology
  • An excellent communicator who can demonstrate the importance of data in communicating with stakeholders at all levels and can turn complex data into clear, simple messages and actions
  • A problem solver who can anticipate problems and act in a practical and level headed manner to solve the problem
  • Experienced with data governance and understands the importance of compliance and risk mitigation
  • Extremely organised with strong project management skills
  • A self-starter who has hands-on experience with coding and an appetite to roll sleeves up and get the job done, whilst also in some cases managing external vendors and working with them cooperatively
  • Collaborative, adaptable and able to respond quickly to an ever-shifting context

You will be responsible for:

  • Defining the organisation’s data strategy and designing data model(s)
  • Defining the organisation’s technology strategy and operational implementation
  • Leading the ongoing improvement of the customer relationship management system in order that the organisation gets the best out of the tool and its interaction with other organisational tools, working with an external vendor at times
  • Designing data collection tools such that rewilding data can be captured ‘in the field’ easily and appropriately
  • Designing dashboards which extract and display KPI data in ways that help the team to make informed decisions
  • Putting in place a data management approach that is GDPR compliant and ensuring that data is managed appropriately across the organisation, and managing regular tests to ensure that data breaches are mitigated
  • Identifying and implementing simple systems and tools to improve organisational effectiveness
  • Making sure that organisation systems are designed in accordance with the designed data architecture

Skills and experience

Essential

  • At least 10 years’ experience working in technology and with databases in a commercial setting, with accountability for successful operations
  • Demonstrable practical experience of a range of systems and technologies
  • Ability to code in a variety of languages
  • Highly organised with proven ability to be a self-starter
  • Experience of data manipulation into dashboards using for example Google Studio, Visio or alternatives
  • Ability to get to grips quickly with new technologies
  • Ability to work autonomously, showing initiative while building excellent relationships with the wider team

Desirable

  • Experience managing work remotely
  • Experience in and understanding of rewilding
  • Experience of managing external vendors

Terms and conditions

This role will be for at least three days (21 hours) a week initially for 12 months at £48,000 to £50,000 pro rata per annum depending on experience.

We are a virtual team who all work from home, which will require a suitable home office working environment and equipment. Some meetings may be held in other parts of the UK.

There will be some freedom for the person to determine their own working arrangements each week, within limitations, providing the work is delivered.

Applications

If you have what it takes to help us, please send your CV as well as a one page summary on what you would bring to the role to jobs@rewildingbritain.org.uk by Wednesday 1st June. We aim to hold interviews via Zoom on Friday 24th June.