VACANCY: Data Officer

The CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna – International Secretariat based in Akureyri is looking for a Data officer. CAFF is one of six working groups of the Arctic Council and deals with Arctic biodiversity issues.  This position is for initially a one year contract and will involve maintenance and development of a variety of database tools and services connected with information on Arctic biodiversity.

Main tasks:

  • Maintenance and development of databases within the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS –
  • Working with experts to facilitate their data management requirements
  • Report writing
  • Other incidental tasks


  • University degree in a relevant field
  • Experience/knowledge of GIS and database development
  • Data quality assurance and control experience
  • Managing multiple data sets for incorporation/consolidation
  • Experience in managing multiple partners for collaborative project development
  • Synthesizing and interpreting biological data, particularly GIS/ spatial data
  • Ability to learn and manage number of project partners to meet project deadlines
  • Ability to understand and implement metadata, web services, and data standards/protocol
  • Presenting and communicating CAFF data issues and progress to international scientific audiences
  • Good communication and relationship buidling skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential
  • Knowledge of other languages, such as Russian or Scandinavian languages is an advantage but not essential 

CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and serves as a vehicle to cooperate on species and habitat management and utilization, to share information on management techniques and regulatory regimes, and to facilitate more knowledgeable decision-making. It provides a mechanism to develop common responses on issues of importance for the Arctic ecosystem such as development and economic pressures, conservation opportunities and political commitments. Further information can be found at

Recruitment is in the hands of Tom Barry ( tom EP_AT caff EP_DOT is / + 354 461 3352). Application deadline is 16th of October.


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