National Biodiversity Network Trust: NBN Atlas System Developer

National Biodiversity Network Trust: NBN Atlas System Developer

Please note: this post is being re-advertised and previous applicants MAY re-apply

Job details

Salary: £30,000 to £40,000 pa depending on experience

Location: Nottingham or home based

Type: Initially an 18 month contract with the potential for permanency

Hours: Full time (part-time and job share considered for the right candidate(s))  Flexible hours

Are you someone who really wants to make a difference? 

Do the words “make your mark by developing the NBN Atlas as a world leading database” excite you?

Do you yearn for a challenge?  To break out of the mould, be an all-rounder?

Not only to develop, administer the databases and servers, but advise, attend conferences, design, progress and deliver IT projects?

Do you want to take responsibility for something you can make a global leader?

Ready to make that difference? Yes?

Then read on!


The National Biodiversity Network Trust is a charitable organisation with a membership that shares biodiversity data and information. The NBN membership includes, many of the UK’s largest wildlife charities and NGO’s, Local Record Centres, government agencies, research institutions, botanic gardens and the public and most of the UK’s national biological recording schemes and societies.

To date, over 222 million records have been shared within the NBN, via our digital data sharing infrastructure, the NBN Atlas, which is still in an early phase of development. We want to develop it to provide a world leading biodiversity digital data sharing platform that provides data, information and services tailored to each of our diverse audiences.

The Role

We are looking for a system developer to complement our small technical team. The developer’s role is varied and includes the design, development, testing, implementation and ongoing support and maintenance of the NBN Atlas.

Working as part of a small team, this is a key role reporting to the NBN Project Manager. The post holder may also be involved in liaising with our users, primarily by phone or email and providing technical advice and support to the NBN Secretariat team.

The right candidate for this role needs to be comfortable being the “full stack” developer. Not only will you be required to provide the software development tasks using a range of languages, but also managing back-ups, migrations and setting up virtualised environments from scratch. There are a range of skills set out in the essential experience and all of these will be required for the role to varying degrees. Therefore, the right candidate will need to be able to demonstrate experience with the majority of these and be willing to pick up the rest. Furthermore, the NBN Team is a mixture of office and home based staff, therefore you need to be self-motivated and comfortable working in a dispersed team.

This post holder will also be required to attend technical advisory group meetings to discuss the NBN Atlas development and progress and may be required to attend UK and international meetings and conferences.

The NBN’s Technical Team consists of a Project Manager (who leads the project), a Systems Developer and the Technical and Data Support Officer.

Important information

For more information and to download an application form please see below or contact

Please note CV’s will not be accepted. No recruitment agencies please.

The closing date for applications is Friday 14 June.

Application information

The application pack can be found below:

Information for Applicants inc Job Spec


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