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GIS Technical Officer

Vacancy #:   6874
Unit:   Biodiversity Assessment and Knowledge
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Cambridge Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Red List Data Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 August 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   23 June 2024
The IUCN is a supportive, inclusive and caring organization and we warmly welcome applications from those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs and those who are typically underrepresented in the tech sector.

The salary range for this position is between £31,000 to £35,000 depending on experience and skills.

As GIS Technical Officer, you'll play an important role in global biodiversity conservation. Your work will directly support the upkeep and enhancement of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a key resource in global conservation efforts.

Key responsibilities include maintaining, preparing and delivering spatial data for the Red List.

This position not only offers the chance to work with cutting-edge GIS technologies but also places you at the heart of efforts to shape conservation policies and practices worldwide.

This position is ideally suited for individuals at the start of their career who are eager to apply their technical expertise towards meaningful and impactful causes.


• Maintain and update Red List spatial databases to adhere to IUCN standards.
• Prepare and deliver spatial data for the Red List website and other GIS projects within the biodiversity assessment and knowledge team.
• Organise, process and analyse spatial data for assessment projects.
• Contribute to the design, development, and maintenance of GIS tools and scripts.
• Perform advanced GIS analyses and other technical tasks as needed.
• Assisting in the curation and mapping of species distributions, a crucial step required for assessing their conservation status.
  • Education
Bachelor's degree in GIS, geography, environmental science or a related field. A master’s degree in a related field would be advantageous.

Work Experience

• Experience (3 - 5years) with ArcGIS Desktop or similar GIS software.
• Proficient in scripting with SQL, Python, and/or R for geospatial data processing.
• Experience with PostgreSQL/PostGIS would be advantageous.


• A thorough understanding of geospatial data management and analysis principles.
• Good understanding of biodiversity data manipulation and analysis.
• Ability to work through complex analytical problems in a logical manner.
• Good communication skills for collaborating within the team.


• Interest in biodiversity conservation and willingness to learn about the Red List and its methodologies.
• Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and support senior staff in GIS-related tasks.
• Proactive problem-solving skills and the capacity to handle complex technical challenges.

• Aplicants must have the right to live and work in the UK

• The IUCN is a supportive, inclusive and caring organization and we warmly welcome applications from those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs and those who are typically underrepresented in the tech sector.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.