Data Entry and Digital Mapping Volunteer

The Warwickshire Biological Records Centre (WBRC) holds information on species distribution and ecological sites in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. Data entry is ongoing by WBRC staff and volunteers to transfer paper and electronical records into Recorder (biological recording software).

New volunteers are welcome to help the WBRC with extracting species records from ecological reports (pdf documents), historic survey forms, newsletters etc and entering them into Excel spreadsheets.

The volunteer will also help with digitising sites in QGIS (Geographical Information System).

Volunteers will receive training to interpret botanical scientific names with the use of identification guides and internet resources, use Recorder 6 and Geographical Information System (QGIS). Other learning opportunities may be available e.g. surveys, planning site visits.

Volunteering Time: Full-time or part-time. Ideally minimum 4 week placement (full-time) or volunteering 1-2 days weekly over 2 months.


  • An interest in botany and nature conservation.
  • Familiarity with biological recording and botanical scientific names would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Willingness to interpret handwritten notes. Please note only the scientific name is listed in the paper files.
  • Willingness to use and develop  IT skills (Recorder 6 and QGIS).
  • Willingness to use Excel or other database programme and internet resources and interpret survey results.

Benefits: This is a good opportunity to become familiar with biological recording and mapping software (Recorder 6 and QGIS), botanical nomenclature and identification. Additional training and learning opportunities (such as planning ecology, habitat and protected species surveys) may be available depending on your interests and time you can spend volunteering.

Travelling Expenses: Covered up to £5 per day for public transport or parking tickets.

How to Apply

If you would like to find out more and for an application form contact Masha Tarnavska.

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Tel: 01926 412471

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Key Information


Warwickshire Biological Records Centre


Fixed Term, Permanent, Temporary


Full Time, Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate, Mid Level, Senior


Administration, Biodiversity, Ecology, Nature & Wildlife


Warwick, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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