Volunteering at the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC)

About the opportunity

HBIC is the local environmental records centre for Hampshire. Its role is to gather, manage and disseminate information on habitats and species in Hampshire to inform planning and land management decisions.  It does this through a partnership with local authorities, government agencies, species recording groups and wildlife charities.  

You will gain valuable experience in biological data handling and GIS skills, and a greater understanding of biodiversity in Hampshire.

Tasks and duties

You will be assisting HBIC staff in a variety of data handling tasks, including entering data into databases and updating GIS (Geographic Information System) boundaries and attribute data.


Volunteers will receive training in

  • Data handling - data checking/input into Recorder 6, and other Access databases
  • GIS (ArcMap 10.2) editing

Some limited field survey experience may be available on an ad hoc basis shadowing the HBIC field ecologists. There may also be the opportunity for assisting in the assessment of hedgerows using the Hedgerow Regulations criteria.


2 days per week (excluding Mondays) with a minimum commitment of 3 months. Normal office hours. 

Who we are looking for

You will 

  • be a a graduate in Environmental sciences or similar
  • passionate about nature
  • IT literate
  • have good attention to detail
  • have good interpersonal skills 

How to apply

Email enquiries.hbic@hants.gov.uk or phone us for a chat on 0370 779 5723.

Remember to let us know which days you are available and what level of experience you have in ecology and biological recording.