Get involved

Throughout the ECHOES project, the team will be reaching out to those who enjoy, live and work near our study sites and those who are part of coastal communities up and down the Irish Sea coast.

An overarching goal of the project is to raise awareness of the potential impacts of climate change and our shared challenges and opportunities. The ECHOES team will look to engage with existing groups using technology, events and workshops to build a picture of our current shared understanding and to inform everyone about how the project is going and what we are finding along the way.

In the presentation below, Operations Manager Crona Hodges introduces the ECHOES project and its stakeholders.

If you would like to collaborate with us, please email info@echoesproj.eu.

Employment Opportunities

Job Title: Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Location: Home-based

Reporting to: Director of Geo Smart Decisions, Dr Crona Hodges

Salary:£30,000 pro rata.

Contract Duration: This is a part time post, 4 days per week beginning in Jan 2021.

Job role

This is a role which involves a large degree of engagement work with the public and organisations on a 43 month project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (Ireland Wales INTERREG Programme) called ECHOES – Effects of Climate Change on Birds around the Irish Sea. The role will be under the guidance of Company Director, Dr Crona Hodges who is also Operation Manager.

ECHOES staff work with ornithologists and experts from habitat and land cover mapping, species distribution modelling, climate change and associated impacts as well as software developers and technical experts in the area of satellite Earth Observation and web services. Overall, the project aims to increase public perception and awareness of climate change impact and associated risks to natural habitat along the Irish Sea with specific focus on Curlew and Greenland White-fronted geese.

This post is suited to an individual who is enthusiastic about communicating both scientific and community issues, is a Welsh speaker, can work independently, is happy to work from home, is able to take ownership of their work and has advanced presentation and facilitation skills as well as report writing and communication skills. This is a central role to the ECHOES Stakeholder Engagement Work Package.

About Geo Smart Decisions

Formed in 2011, GSD works on public and private sector projects that have both a spatial and natural science element and all of which are within the environment sector. We are based in Gwynedd but work all over the UK and abroad. Projects have included a range of applications in environmental data management for large and small environmental consultancies, on projects in the UK, the Middle East, Africa and more recently South America. The use of satellite imagery and derived products to inform our clients’ decision-making forms a significant part of our analytical and consultancy work.

Other projects close to home have involved us working with clients from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who have a remit or requirement to map, monitor and or manage the natural environment. With the growth in the downstream satellite industry, GSD are excited to be part of a dynamic geospatial and Earth Observation community here in the UK and are involved in developing innovative solutions for making this important data source available to practitioners involved in a range of environmental applications.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take on a lead role in the Stakeholder Engagement Work Package and all public-facing ECHOES activities including organising ECHOES stakeholder meetings, writing minutes, logistics including booking venues.
  • Assist in the development and operations of the ECHOES communications plan.
  • Lead and facilitate stakeholder engagement through workshops, social media and other awareness raising opportunities, including development of materials about the project.
  • Contribute to the ECHOES website, newsletters and other communications about the project.
  • Work collaboratively with partners in both Ireland and Wales.
  • Work closely with Operation Manager to ensure all stakeholder events and communications run smoothly and effectively.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the project results and contribute where required to project outputs.
  • Conduct all administrative and management work associated with the project to agreed deadlines and processes.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post – directed by Operation Manager.
  • Must be comfortable with home working and occasional travel to and from Ireland

Skills and experience

  • Spoken and written Welsh language (essential)
  • Excellent facilitation skills and public speaking skills and experience
  • Experience working with community groups and/or on EU funded or similar sized projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • An open and honest manner with an easy-going approach
  • Experience in writing reports and meeting collaborative project deliverables
  • Experience in planning, running and / or presenting in workshops
  • Proficient in use of social media
  • Knowledge and understanding of climate change prediction models (desirable)
  • Knowledge about bird populations and associated ecology (desirable)

Knowledge and education

  • Degree level education in relevant degree or significant experience (with appropriate evidence) in communications, facilitation.

To apply please send your C.V with covering letter to crona.hodges@geosmartdecisions.co.uk by 9am 10th December 2021.

Interviews to be held week beginning 20th December.