There is an exciting opportunity at Parks and Gardens UK. We are looking for a part-time Data Manager to assist the database project, now based at Hestercombe. This role is pivotal for parksandgardens.org in enhancing the quality and integrity of data, increasing accessibility and functionality, and keeping forward momentum in the project.

The project’s aims include, among others, raising awareness of the value of historic parks and gardens and providing accurate data on sites for planners, researchers and others engaged in garden heritage and conservation.

Responsibilities of the role

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Checking and validating submitted data which will require researching missing or incomplete data using appropriate sources of information
  • Preparing digital copies of new site records for checking by garden history experts including County Gardens Trust surveyors
  • Accurate entering of data and images taken from written or other records into the Project database by means of the website data entry interface provided
  • Uploading news articles, events, images and other website content as required
  • Managing and developing the team of volunteers attached to the project to enter data and conduct user testing
  • Liaising with the website’s developers to provide feedback on functionality and resolution of any errors
  • Dealing with queries and enquiries received by telephone, email and letter
  • Providing regular reports for the Marketing Manager and Chief Executive of Hestercombe Gardens Trust.

For a full list of responsibilities, please see the Parks & Gardens Data Manager job description.

Please note: you must be able to show experience of:

  • successfully managing large quantities of data / databases
  • using content management systems for websites

Hestercombe is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome people from all backgrounds, genders, abilities and ethnicities.

About Parks & Gardens UK

Parks & Gardens UK is the leading online resource for historic parks and gardens.

We provide freely accessible, accurate and inspiring information on the UK parks, gardens and designed landscapes and all activities concerned with their promotion, conservation and management.

The database currently holds over 10,000 records of historic designed landscapes and important people profiles.

Salary & Contract

Salary: £24,000 pro rata

Part-time, 15 hours (2 days) per week. As part of your role is to manage the team of Parks & Gardens data inputting volunteers, you will need to attend Hestercombe on one day per week (usually Friday, 9.30am - 1pm). The remainder of your hours can be worked remotely.

Other benefits

Incentives include retail, food and drink discounts and free Hestercombe membership ~ plus, you'll have access to the beautiful gardens here to relax in.

You'll receive 9 days' holiday per year (plus bank / religious holidays if they fall on your working days).

How to apply

To apply, complete an application form and email to Hestercombe's Marketing & Communications Manager Chris White, along with a covering letter. If you’d like an informal chat, feel free to email or call 01823 410131 / 07765 856803.

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 18th March 2021

Interviews are likely to take place remotely, w/c 29th March 2021

NB. Previous applicants need not re-apply.

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