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Lead Remote Sensing Specialist (AD1215)

Science | Permanent, full-time, Technical/Professional Officer

£37,000 - £42,000

Closing date: 2021-05-24

We are seeking an experienced remote sensing scientist with skills in remote sensing (RS) analyses and data application, project and proposal development, networking and collaboration, and staff support and development.

The scientist will work within UNEP-WCMC’s Science Programme which aims to enhance the scientific quality of the Centre’s work through research, training and partnership development. The main purpose of the job is to provide remote sensing (RS) expertise and leadership combined with modelling and conservation analysis skills, to support a range of projects and project development opportunities. The postholder will be expected to integrate this work across the Centre, developing and managing the RS portfolio and supporting relevant staff.

The Programme Officer will be engaged in remote sensing opportunity development, remote sensing network building and expansion, and quantitative project analyses that will assist the delivery of projects across the work of UNEP-WCMC. S/he will act as the Centre’s technical lead on the application of remote sensing for the assessment and monitoring of biodiversity, human pressures and ecosystem services.

As well as the skills outlined above, the scientist should have experience in developing, applying and understanding analyses of space and air-borne remote sensing data and modelling approaches, and experience with any of the following: ecological/ecosystem models, model-data integration, climate or hydrological models and land-/sea-use or other biodiversity pressures models.

We will provide you with the challenge of working on high profile conservation projects, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation in an area aligned to our strategic aims and broader global initiatives. In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions.

WCMC attaches great importance to addressing safeguarding and ethical considerations in all activities carried out by its staff, including where partner organisations or individuals are part of the delivery of our work. This includes children and vulnerable adults in the community who may be vulnerable to abuse. WCMC act with integrity, are transparent and expect applicants to share the same values.

WCMC is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity; religion; faith or belief.  

WCMC is a UK charity that promotes for public benefit the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. We do this by collecting, storing, processing, analysing, interpreting and sharing data that increase our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and the conservation of nature. Good data are the foundation of informed decision-making and we work with many partners to help them develop their knowledge and capacity to make good decisions.

We collaborate with the United Nations Environment within the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).


If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can impress us with your fundraising skills, we want to hear from you. Please complete both our personal details form and application form and send them together with your CV and a short covering letter through the link below by Monday 24th May 2021.

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a global Centre of excellence on biodiversity. The Centre operates as a collaboration between UN Environment Programme and the UK registered charity WCMC. Together, we are confronting the global crisis facing nature. We do this through our unique position ensuring science, knowledge and insights shape global and national policy, and by collaborating with partners around the world to build capacity and create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We use our position as respected custodians of powerful and trusted environmental data to create positive impact for people and nature.