NBN Trust: Systems Developer

Please be advised that the requirements for this post such as desired areas of knowledge and expertise have been revised, as well as the salary.

Job details

Salary: £35,000 to £45,000 pa depending on experience

Location: Nottingham City Centre

Type: Initially a 3-year contract with the potential for permanency.

Hours: Full time


The National Biodiversity Network Trust is a charitable environmental organisation whose aim is to share biological data and information freely and openly. Following the recent launch of our new portal the NBN Atlas, we are seeking to directly employ a systems developer to cement our role as the leading biological data sharing organisation.

To date, over 250 million species records have been shared through the NBN Atlas. This portal is based on open source software developed by the Atlas of Living Australia. We need you to grow the NBN Atlas though ongoing development, testing, maintenance and support. The role will also involve providing guidance, advice and support to our wide range of users from novices to technical experts. In addition other countries are developing similar databases and looking to us for advice. Working with colleagues across the world will also form part of your remit.

The role

We are seeking a System Developer to help us with continuous development and maintenance of the NBN Atlas.  The Developer’s role will be to provide ongoing development, testing, maintenance and support of the NBN Atlas and all future NBN Atlases.  The role will also involve providing guidance, advice and support to a wide range of people from novice users to technical experts. This is a key role reporting to the Chief Executive Officer.

As part of a small dedicated team you will be the only systems developer within the NBN and you will be supported by our current contractor. We will work with the successful candidate to develop your skills. This is an exciting opportunity and is definitely for someone who wants to take the lead and make their mark in software development.


The post holder will be expected to be experienced in;

  1. Grails and/or Java programming and documentation
  2. Web standards and protocols including CSS and Javascript
  3. Unix and Linux operating systems
  4. Working with relational databases

It is desirable for you to have:

  1. Knowledge of NoSQL databases
  2. Experience of working on Geospatial projects
  3. Knowledge of Lucene and Solr

More information

Think that you might be interested but not have all the skills – please give us a call. We’d love to chat to you.

For more information contact support@nbn.org.uk or call the office on 0115 9247132

Interview date: TBC.  Venue: Nottingham.

Application information

The application pack can be found below:

Information for Applicants

Application Form PDF

Application Form Word

Guidance Notes

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