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BSBI Irish Officer

BSBI wish to appoint an Irish Officer (IO) to develop the Societyís voluntary and professional plant recording activities in Ireland. This part-time post will be initially for two years. The IOís work programme (see below) will be directed by a small steering committee made up of representatives from the BSBI in Ireland (Committee for Ireland, CFI) and the BSBIís Plant Unit. Day-to-day activities of the IO will be managed by the Chair of the CFI in consultation with the BSBIís Head of Research and Development. The post-holder will be either home- or office-based and the successful applicant is expected to be resident on the island of Ireland. The successful applicant will need to be proficient in IT, particularly in the use of recording packages such as MapMate and will be expected to attend BSBI Committee for Ireland meetings as required. A full driving licence is essential and applicants must be willing to travel throughout Ireland.

Closing date for applications: 26 April 2012

Salary: Ä12K (or sterling equivalent) per year, part-time post, two days per week.

The Irish Officer will have four main roles:

  • Support the BSBI Irish volunteer Vice-county Recorder network.
  • Support national projects.
  • Arrange a training programme in liaison with the CFI Field Meetings Secretary.
  • Raise the profile of botany and the BSBI in Ireland.
The key roles and main tasks of the BSBI Irish Officer are as follows.

Key roles: Specific tasks
Support the BSBI Irish volunteer Vice-county Recorder (VCR) network
  • Deliver a VCR support program including one-to-one meetings, reports, phone calls, emails, etc.
  • Facilitate recording software training and support for VCRs
  • Facilitate VCRs in supplying records to BSBI 'central'
  • Help the CFI with the recruitment, appointment, induction and mentoring of new VCRs
Support national projects
  • Support, as and when necessary, national recording projects carried out in Ireland
Arrange a training programme in liaison with the CFI Field Meetings Secretary
  • Organise and help lead a variety of educational field meetings for beginners, improvers and VCRs
  • Organise and help lead workshops for VCRs
Raise the profile of botany and the BSBI in Ireland
  • Maintain and update the BSBI Irish web-pages, through the BSBI Coordinator.
  • Make use of opportunities, as they arise, to: provide talks and copy for internal and external publications; and to liaise with the media.

Download the latest BSBI Annual Review and the BSBIís Recording Strategy (Recording the British and Irish flora 2010-2020) from the BSBI website,

Download a full job description here

Download an application form here