French Biodiversity Office: GIS project manager “Marine habitats and marine protected areas”

  • Blue Economy and Recruitment Consultancy S.L
  • Marseille, France
  • 05/06/2024
Office work Conservation and ecology Coastal management Marine policy

Job Description

Created on January 1, 2020, the French Biodiversity Office (OFB) is a public administrative establishment dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity under the supervision of the ministers responsible for the environment and agriculture. With a budget of 492 million euros (initial budget 2022), it relies on the expertise of nearly 3,000 agents, a large part of whom act on the ground with, in particular, 1,700 inspectors from the environment. 

The establishment is at the heart of action for the preservation of living things in aquatic, terrestrial and marine environments, both in mainland France and overseas. The teams intervene every day to fight against the erosion of biodiversity in the face of pressures exerted by the destruction and fragmentation of natural environments, multiple pollution, overexploitation of natural resources, the consequences of climate change, the introduction of species invasive aliens.

 As such, the OFB is responsible for 5 complementary missions:

  • environmental police and wildlife health police
  • knowledge, research and expertise on species, environments and their uses
  • support for the implementation of public policies
  • management and support for managers of natural spaces
  • support for stakeholders and mobilization of society

France is implementing the framework directive for planning marine spaces, on human activities at sea in conjunction with the strategy framework directive for the marine environment, aiming for the good ecological status of marine waters, through the Façade Strategic Documents ( DSF). It also seeks consistency for the monitoring, evaluation and protection of marine environments with the implementation of the water framework directive and the fauna-flora and bird habitats directives. Furthermore, it aims to develop a network of protected areas with strong protection covering 10% of its terrestrial and marine territory by 2030, including 5% of Mediterranean marine waters by 2027.
The position is located in the delegation of Mediterranean seafront (DFM). Made up of a team of around ten people (including one in Pérols), the front delegation provides support for public policies regarding the creation and management of marine protected areas in the French Mediterranean and, more generally, protection. of the marine environment. She leads the OFB's missions at sea on the coast, in conjunction with the coastal regional directorates and the marine natural parks, and represents the OFB in maritime bodies. The very transversal missions carried out within the delegation require numerous exchanges with other State services, professional partners, elected officials and representatives of civil society. 


GIS correspondent on the “marine habitats” theme for the DFM Méditerranée: 
o Development of dynamic mapping (Lizmap) on the areas of the OFB’s Mediterranean marine habitats data.
o Monitoring of projects linked to habitats proposed by DFM project managers and validation of deliverables according to the geomatic recommendations of the specifications
o Calculation of the areas of marine habitats on N2000 sites according to the national typology and the habitats of community interests (HIC)
o Organization of habitat metadata sheets by MPA (parent/children)

Support for the definition of Strong Protection Zones (ZPF): 
o GIS and cartographic support for the establishment of strong protection zones

Support for communication actions on the work of the DFM Méditerranée and marine protected areas 
o Update of maps on MPAs in the Mediterranean: facade, region, N2000 sites and publication in the OFB map library
o Production of maps illustrating the activities of the DFM.

Logistical support for the operation of the DFM and in particular for the organization of facade technical workshops (meeting of marine protected area managers).

Main activities

Be the reference for geographical information on marine habitats and strong protection zones for the Mediterranean DFM: from data acquisition (field protocols, public procurement specifications, conventions, etc.) to valorization, 
o Support the writing of CCTP on the geomatics aspect;
o Monitoring of projects and validation of data (format, nomenclature, EPSG, table structuring, geometry, metadata)
o Administer databases and geographic data so that they are usable and disseminated
o Design deliverables: maps, atlases, statistics, reports, etc.
o Participate in the OFB's national geomatics and thematic professional networks.

Position-related relationships

Internal relationships :

o The entire front delegation team; 
o Agents of the PACA Corsica interregional directorate and the Occitanie regional directorate of the OFB;
o Agents of the Surveillance, Evaluation, Data Department, in particular the data, analyses, IS, tools department, and the Protected Areas and Marine Issues Department; 

External relations  :

o State services (Prefectures, DREAL, DDTM/DMLC, PREMAR Med, DIRM Med, etc.) of the facade;
o Managers of marine protected areas;
o Scientific organizations and design offices working on the marine environment;
o Users of the marine environment (professional and amateur fishermen, industrialists, ports, boaters, divers, etc.);
o Associations;

Required profile

Minimum diploma required: Bac +3

- Graduate in Geographic Information Systems
- Desired experience of an assignment in the GIS field, if possible marine

Skills and qualities required

Knowledge :

o Knowledge of the norms and standards in force regarding geographic information;
o Knowledge of geographic information systems and practice of QGIS and ArcGis software;
o Knowledge of databases: logic and software including PostGreSQL;
o Knowledge of cartography: graphic semiology, general rules;
o Knowledge of Mediterranean marine ecosystems;
o Knowledge of the management of protected areas;
o Knowledge of the actors and institutions that intervene at sea and on the coast.

Operational know-how :

o Manage, administer, analyze and format geographic data;
o Use of GIS and cartography;
o Writing and synthesis skills;

Professional know-how :

o Good human contact; 
o Organization, method, rigor;
o Dynamism, reactivity, ability to adapt; 
o Autonomy and ability to work in a team.

Deposit application

To submit an application, you will be asked for the following documents:

  • resume
  • Cover letter
  • For civil servants only: latest administrative situation order;
  • For non-holders: highest diploma obtained

Career level

Junior, Senior

Career options

Non academic career