Working at SEWBReC


South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) is the ALERC-accredited Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC) serving south east Wales. SEWBReC is part of the network of four Welsh LERCs which, since 2015, has worked collaboratively via the consortium company Local Environmental Records Centres Wales Ltd.

SEWBReC and the other Welsh LERCs play a critical role in the provision of the Welsh biodiversity evidence base. We are highly regarded and respected for the quality of products and services we provide and benefit from the strong support of a wide range of public sector and NGO funding partners, a large pool of loyal commercial customers and, critically, a strong local wildlife recording community. We have a small and friendly team of dedicated staff whose efforts are rewarded via a sector-leading package of pay and benefits (including Vitality private medical insurance).

Current SEWBReC Vacancies


SEWBReC are currently recruiting for two part time posts:

Biodiversity Events and Outreach Officer: 0.5 FTE (17.5 hours), 12-month contract (with possibility of extension). This post will focus on planning and delivering SEWBReC's programme of events and outreach work, which includes BioBlitzes, species identification and introductory recording training courses, partner events and an annual conference.

Temporary Biodiversity Data and Enquiries Officer: 0.5 FTE (17.5 hours), 12-month contract (maternity cover post). This post will focus on delivering our high-quality biodiversity information products and services to a range of customers and users, and improving data flows into SEWBReC by sourcing biological data from partner organisations, ecological consultancies and social media.

Please click on the following links to download the job information packs and application form.

We have a flexible approach to recruitment for these two part time posts, and will accept applications from candidates who would like to be:
-    Considered for one of the posts in particular
-    Considered for either of the posts
-    Considered for a full-time post which combines both roles.
Please clearly indicate on your application form which role(s) you are applying for, and ensure your personal statement covers the requirements of the relevant person specification(s).

Please note that we do not wish to receive CVs with applications and will not accept applications by CV.

Return your application form via email to by 9am on 12th March.

We recruit via



Current LERC Wales Vacancies


LERC Wales are currently recruiting for one role, to be hosted by SEWBReC.

Front-end Developer (Aderyn): 0.6FTE (21 hours), 18-month fixed term contract (with possibility of extension). We are  seeking an experienced and motivated developer with a solid foundation in front-end development. This unique opportunity will allow the successful candidate to work with a modern and bespoke web platform, built from the ground up specifically to meet the needs of LERC Wales, its partners and customers. The successful candidate will lead development of the front-end of the application with support, direction and training provided by LERC Wales Aderyn Lead Developer and colleagues, but will also have some involvement in the server side of the application.

Please click on the following link to download the job information pack:

Please apply for this LERC Wales role by emailing your CV to Your email should also include a short supporting statement (800 words maximum) highlighting how you meet the person specification and explaining why you believe you are a good match for this role.

There is no closing date for this role, but please apply as soon as possible, as the post will be filled as soon as we find a suitable candidate.



Volunteering at SEWBReC

We are currently at capacity for office based volunteers and cannot accept further volunteers at this time.

SEWBReC is sometimes in the position to offer office based and/or home based volunteer opportunities, generally on a one day per week basis. During the pandemic all roles will be home based.

Please note, we are unfortunately not currently able to accommodate full time volunteers, nor work experience / student placements.

Common volunteer tasks include:

- Digitising local bird club records into Microsoft Excel

- Digitising other data sets, such as wildlife notebooks, using Excel or more specialist software such as Recorder 6

- Updating the SEWBReC website

- Helping with event preparation

If you feel like you could help us in other ways, please get in touch with your ideas.

Volunteering at SEWBReC offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the day to day running of a Local Environmental Records Centre and gives an excellent grounding in wildlife data entry techniques. Committed volunteers may build up to using specialist software including GIS programmes.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, please get in touch via


Volunteering Elsewhere

Volunteers at SEWBReC are entirely office based. If you are interested in volunteering outdoors, many of our partner organisations offer opportunities for gaining voluntary work experience in the environmental sector. This work ranges from practical conservation work through to participating in species surveys. Please take a look at our Local Wildlife Groups page for details of suitable organisations in your local area. You may also be interested in taking part in some of the events listed on our Events page, many of which include elements of training and the opportunity to build up a variety of skills. We also have information about surveys and other ways to get connected with nature on our Wildlife Activities page.


Get Involved in Recording

Another extremely valuable way to get involved in protecting and conserving your local biodiversity is to record the wildlife you see. After all, we can't protect what we don't know about. Visit our Introduction to Recording page for tips on how to get started.