Website Marine Scotland

Job title:                              GIS Metadata Placement Student

Responsible to:                 GIS Manager

Department:                      Marine Scotland Science IT

Location:                             (any of) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen / Victoria Quay Edinburgh /                                                                       Freshwater Laboratory Pitlochry

Duration:                             12 weeks, 37 hours per week; June – August 2019

Salary:                                  approx. £1300 per month

Placement Ref:                 EQU/2020/043

Marine Scotland is the directorate of Scottish Government (SG) responsible for marine and fisheries issues in Scotland. Its purpose is to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability.

We have a small and dynamic GIS department and have a significant array of GIS datasets under our stewardship. Completing metadata (data about data) and keeping it up to date is an on-going challenge. This placement opportunity is a chance for you to learn about how GIS is used to support government business, and to see first-hand some of the challenges of maintaining and managing useful corporate information. You will report to the GIS Manager and will liaise with GIS and other staff across Marine Scotland and the wider Scottish Government.

You will ideally be someone who is a “completer-finisher”, keen to ensure your work is as good as it can possibly be. You will also ideally be good at liaising with busy people, in order to gain as much useful information as possible, without unduly disrupting other business.

 

Basic purpose of the placement and its primary objectives

– To enhance Marine Scotland’s GIS metadata provision, and ensure that comprehensive information about all MS GIS datasets is captured and recorded

 

Main duties:

– Investigate MS GIS datasets

– Gather information about MS GIS datasets, liaising with appropriate people

– Record this information in Marine Scotland’s Metadata catalogue

– Upload metadata into Scottish Public sector metadata system

– Ensure metadata is then uploaded to UK-level systems to meet INSPIRE (EU Directive) or equivalent obligations

 

Knowledge and skills required:

– 2 years under graduate study or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as computer science or physics

– Knowledge of GIS and GIS data is not essential but would be an advantage

– Knowledge of Metadata / Metadata standards etc. is not essential but would be an advantage

 

Person skills:

– Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision

– Good attention to detail

– Excellent organisation skills

– Confident and professional manner

– Proactive

– Team player

 

Working conditions:

– Based in office in either Aberdeen (Torry area), Edinburgh (Leith) or Pitlochry (Faskally).

 

 

 EssentialDesirable
Education/Qualifications 2 years under graduate study or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as computer science or physicsOn track for a good honours degree
Experience Competent in general ITGeographic Information Systems (GIS)

Metadata

Skills/Personal Requirements Ability to work on own initiative, with minimal supervision

Good attention to detail

Excellent organisational skills

Confident and professional manner

Proactive

Tean player

How to Apply

Students should complete the online application form via the Equate Scotland website and attach a cover letter and a CV as separate documents, in PDF version and hit submit.

Please also make sure you note the placement reference number that you are applying for (highlighted in red above) as you will need this to complete the application form.

Closing Date:  21st January 2020