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GIS Analyst, Outdoor Recreation NI

GIS Analyst Date Posted: 18th October 2021 Closing Date: 19th November, 2021 at 1500 ORNI_GIS Analyst_Information

Position: GIS Analyst The Opportunity Due to an increasing demand for our services, we are looking for an experienced and passionate GIS Analyst to join our dynamic team leading the strategic direction of outdoor recreation development across Northern Ireland. The GIS Analyst will take the lead role in all GIS related services and functions within Outdoor Recreation NI including managing and maintaining our in-house GIS system and providing day-to-day GIS and mapping support for a wide range of outdoor recreation projects. A passion for the outdoors will help, but first and foremost we need you to have excellent geospatial data management, analysis and visualisation skills to add value to our team and deliver a first-rate service to external stakeholders and clients. Who We Are Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland is a vibrant not-for-profit organization. Our vision is ‘A more active and healthy society appreciating the outdoors’. We deliver projects for a wide range of partners and clients, including Sport NI, Dept. for Communities, Tourism NI, Land & Property Services (LPS), local councils, environmental NGO’s e.g. National Trust, private estates and community groups the length and breadth of Northern Ireland and increasingly the Republic of Ireland. In addition, ORNI provides secretariat services to the Visitor Safety Group and Outdoor Recreation Network, both United Kingdom and Ireland wide networks which champion good practice and knowledge sharing in our industry. We pride ourselves in keeping abreast of international best practice to provide innovative, visitor focused and high-quality solutions for our partners and clients. Our key areas of activity include:

  • Feasibility and Scoping Studies

  • Holistic Planning and Development

  • Innovative Product Planning and Development

  • Marketing Strategy, Planning and Delivery

  • Delivering Training and Sharing Best Practice

  • Event Management

To gain further details of ORNI’s vision, projects and your potential colleagues see What will you help us do? Outdoor Recreation NI’s role is to develop, manage and promote outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland. This role is increasingly dependent on accurate spatial information and the GIS skills required to capture, visualize, analyze, and share that information to allow evidence-based policy decisions to be made regarding our outdoor amenities in Northern Ireland. Our work is only sustainable with the right investment in technology and people to support a range of workflows within the organisation that are dependent on the capture, analysis, processing, presentation and sharing of spatial information. For that reason, we have created an exciting opportunity for a GIS professional to be at the heart of increasing the organisation’s geospatial capabilities that will ultimately improve the outdoor recreational landscape for everyone. The GIS Analyst will report to the Joint Head of Projects but will be solely responsible for providing GIS direction and support within the following work areas: Trail Design – the GIS Analyst will support the work required to progress a trail plan from concept to development. This involves the design of data collection methods, the capture of spatial data using ArcGIS Field Maps and the subsequent analysis and publication of that data to support the planning process. This work will also require liaison with third parties and the receipt and supply of spatial data in a range of formats. This work may also involve participation in fieldwork. Masterplan Development – this area of work is more holistic in nature and involves the use of spatial information to produce high level plans such as scoping studies, gap analyses and audits. This workstream will focus more on the analysis of spatial information to identify gaps in provision, relationships, connectivity, and trends that allow informed policy and financial investment decisions to be made. The GIS Analyst will be directly involved in the architecture of collating, storing, analysing and presenting geospatial information associated with these projects. This work will require collaboration and the sharing of spatial information in a range of formats with other government agencies and external stakeholders. This work may also involve participation in fieldwork. Research Projects – the GIS Analyst will be required to use spatial information in support of various research projects that are currently in place across the organisation. This aspect of the role may also involve showing what is possible from GIS technology and how spatial analytics can support the various research projects within the organisation’s remit. GIS Support for ORNI Websites – ORNI out-sources the development of their websites (Outmore NI and Walk NI) but the spatial data for those websites comes from the Outdoor Recreation NI’s ArcGIS Online service. The GIS Analyst will be required to provide support for, and lead on the development of, that service as required. Spatial Data Management – the GIS Analyst will be required to produce a data inventory of the current ORNI and third-party spatial data assets within the organisation and make those data assets available to staff and stakeholders as and when required. The GIS Analyst will be required to maintain that data inventory, updating third party datasets as required and developing workflows to maintain ORNI spatial data assets. The data inventory should adhere to best practice spatial data management, for example maintaining appropriate metadata on each spatial data asset and creating data supply agreements with stakeholders. GIS Champion – The GIS Analyst should champion the use of GIS technology across the organisation and act as a centre of GIS expertise. This should involve showcasing appropriate aspects of GIS technology to maximise ORNI’s investment in GIS technology. Also, the GIS Analyst should have the ability to ‘join the dots’ to align similar requirements across the organisation to maximise the value that GIS delivers. This aspect of the role may also involve the delivery of ad-hoc GIS advice and mapping software training to colleagues. It is also fundamentally important that the GIS Analyst possesses a ‘can-do’ attitude to problem solving and a solution-focused mindset. ORNI is continuing the evolve as an organisation and therefore the works areas above may change in line with the needs of the business. Who we’re looking for? Based in Belfast (albeit currently working remotely due to COVID-19) you will join a growing team to work on a wide range of outdoor projects across the whole of Ireland. We are looking for a GIS Analyst who reflects the ambition, drive and dedication to producing a first-rate service for our clients. Competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate the experience, skills and knowledge as outlined in Job Information. What we offer The utilisation and integration of GIS within our operations is continually increasing therefore there is significant potential for the role and the overall GIS staff resource to grow alongside this. If you can demonstrate the ability to learn, adapt and deliver then we will be keen to encourage and facilitate progression within the organisation. We offer the opportunity to work 37 hours a week in a small, flexible and dynamic organisation on a permanent contract (subject to a 6-month probation period). Your starting salary will be £27,538 (under review) – this is the start point of a pay scale bracket £27,538-£29,360. In addition, we will give you a contribution towards a NILGOSC pension – currently 21.6% of pensionable salary. Your contribution will be 6.5% of pensionable salary. You will initially receive 22 days annual leave plus public holidays, your annual leave increasing with years’ service. You will also be able to work “flexi” as set out in the Company’s flexible working hours policy. ORNI staff are currently working remotely therefore you will be provided with all the necessary equipment and access permissions for the job role to be performed. Once staff have returned to the office, regular travel to Belfast will be required to meet team members, other colleagues and stakeholders. Applying for the post All applications and monitoring forms must be completed on the official forms provided and emailed to Applications will not be accepted by any other method. Download Application Form Download Monitoring Form Closing date for applications is 3pm on Friday 19th November 2021. Applications received after this time and date will not be accepted. Shortlisting will be based on the application form. If shortlisted, successful candidates will be invited to undertake a brief aptitude test on Tuesday 30th November 2021. After which, successful candidates will be invited to full interview and a practical GIS Skills Test on Tuesday 7th December 2021. These may be conducted either in person or virtually using Microsoft Teams – further information will be provided closer to the time. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Diane Crookes Phone 02890 303 934 Email

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