Rural Payments Agency
As the Defra paying agency for the agriculture, food and environmental subsidy schemes in England, we make payments to farmers, traders and land owners. We also make payments on behalf of Natural England, and manage over 40 schemes to help ensure we have a healthy rural economy and strong rural communities. We pay out over £2 billion each year to support a thriving farming and food sector.
Main purpose of the job and key tasks
As a graduate GI professional within the Defra group, you will use a wealth of geomatics technology and data for surveillance, geo-intelligence gathering and topographic mapping of the rural landscape. You will be part of the Geographic Information Technical Unit that is responsible for overseeing and delivering a range of geomatics activities such as earth observation, data-collection, machine learning, spatial analysis and designing enterprise geospatial information solutions.
We are looking to recruit a talented, dedicated and ambitious graduate who is looking for a career in central government. This outstanding opportunity is directed towards graduates with a remote sensing or GIS qualification, and a keen interest in working within a fast-paced, dynamic and motivated team environment. Successful applicants will be presented with a unique opportunity to work, develop and grow their skills within a geo-centric organisation. It’s an excellent opportunity to get involved in strategic programmes and business critical initiatives within central government.
Working with our existing team in Reading, you will be mentored by experienced specialists, offering a great opportunity to learn a range of niche skills. You will join a structured one year programme where you will get experience working with different teams across the agency and wider government, delivering projects, working with our supply chain and working in an exciting fast growing area of geospatial innovation and earth observation. Towards the end of the initial year, you will be encouraged to apply for a more senior permanent role.
Key tasks include:
You will develop into a technical analytical/consultancy role, providing support to operations, project managers and policy makers. The ideal candidate will be a meticulous, organised, ambitious team player, with the ability to work under their own initiative and be responsible for the following tasks:
Eligibility: This is a Non Reserved post and is therefore open to UK, British Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members
Nationality statement: Details of the Civil Service Nationality Rules are located at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules . Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements. For the most up-to-date information on the requirements of working in the UK, please go to the www.gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas/ .
Closing date for CV and Covering Letter: 26th February 2019
Suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview at our Reading office.
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