IMS-GIS Data Centre Project Officer

Salary: £ 24,870 (starting)
Application deadline: 08/01/2020

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) has a vacancy for a Project Officer in our IMS GIS Data Centre.

This is a two year role based in Stanley, Falkland Islands. Competitive salary and tax rates, starting salary £24,870.

Job Purpose: To provide GIS support to SAERI employees and projects, Falkland Islands Government (FIG) Officers, NGOs in the Falkland Islands, the wider UK Overseas Territories and to manage aspects of the Falkland Islands Information Management System and IMS-GIS Data Centre.

One of SAERI's key areas of focus is Data Science. SAERI has developed an information Management System (IMS) and GIS Data Centre for the Falkland Islands and the wider South Atlantic region. The IMS-GIS data centre offers an online data portal as a data discovery and access service; secure servers offering storage, security and backup for local data; analytical and mapping facilities supported by open source GIS courses as well as a series of best practice documents, guidelines, research permits, data request forms and data policy for avoiding data losses, duplication and ensuring data are documented, trackable and kept locally.

The GIS and Data Manager post focuses on three areas:

  1. Data Management: Maintaining the Falkland Islands IMS-GIS Data Centre and contributing to the sustainability of sister data centres in other South Atlantic Overseas Territories.
  2. GIS Services: Providing GIS services and training courses (from basic to advanced QGIS tools, spatial database and webGIS design and implementation) to SAERI employees, SAERI projects, FIG Officers, NGOs in the Falkland Islands, South Atlantic Islands and to organisations working in partnership with SAERI.
  3. Cross cutting areas: developing and maintaining data management tools, and project, budget and stakeholder management.

Essential criteria applicants should have, include:

  • Qualified to a minimum of degree level Geography, Informatics, Geoscience, Geomatics, Engineering or related subjects
  • Proven knowledge of GNU/Linux (Debian/Ubuntu distributions) server system administration
  • Proven long-term experience of working with open source software/system administration
  • Remote sensing experience
  • Familiar with, and confident in, writing SQL and spatial SQL codes for querying data in spatial databases (PostgreSQL)
  • Being a problem solver with good interpersonal skills who can listen and help a variety of audiences including international scientists, government officers, NGOs and individuals in the private sector (Directors, CEOs) to clarify needs, set targets and find the best solutions for them.

Further information can be obtained from Tara Pelembe, Deputy Director - Innovation, SAERI by emailing

Application forms are available online at

Completed applications should be submitted by 8th January 2020.

published: 20 December 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.