ERIC North East

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ERIC North East is the local environmental records centre for the North East of England, we collate and manage wildlife and habitat data for the region. Our database currently contains over three million wildlife records. Volunteers are usually involved with digitising and checking data – taking it from various printed and electronic forms and entering it into standard spreadsheets. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, is very useful for the role but we do provide induction training to cover the basics so prior knowledge is not essential. We have also been able to offer volunteers the opportunity to work with Geographical Information Systems (GIS). We also provide training for this software which is a very useful skill for your CV – a lot of jobs in the ecology / conservation sector require some level of GIS ability.

The work is mostly office-based in the Great North Museum: Hancock but there may occasionally be opportunities to participate in events in the museum galleries or outside. Our volunteers come in for a two-hour slot, usually once a week. Some work at the same time each week but others vary their time from week to week. We can generally be quite flexible about what days/times people come in so we can work around timetable changes, etc.

We have had a number of student volunteers before – typically from biology, marine biology, environmental science, ecology, etc.

Anyone interested in this role should contact govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk

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