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Natural History Society of Northumbria

Urban Naturalist

Do you have naturalist field skills in either plants, insects or mammals?

Would a job based on a SSSI nature reserve on Tyneside excite you?

Do you seek a busy schedule engaging people to inspire wonder in urban wildlife?

If your answers to all three questions are ‘yes’, then please read on….

What’s a day in the life like for NHSN’s urban naturalist?

Based at NHSN’s wonderful Gosforth Nature Reserve, you are NHSN’s ‘shop door’ for people of wide-ranging interests and abilities in natural history. You are shaping a busy programme of community engagement, helped by a friendly team of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers, engaging people in noticing and recording nature in the surrounding urban wildlife corridors. You are inspiring individuals, families, school and university learners, community groups and businesses. You are helping manage the nature reserve and using social media daily to interpret local urban wildlife.

Why choose NHSN?

Inspiring wonder in nature on Tyneside for almost 200 years, you might not have heard of us. We are a local independent charity formed in 1829 and until 1959 welcomed people to our Great North Museum Hancock which we lease to Newcastle University managed by TWAM, and still home to the NHSN office. Since 1959, NHSN engages people with nature through field trips, talks, NHSN citizen science, publications, social media, Gosforth Nature Reserve, support for young naturalists and more recently using all this to engage people in taking action to address the climate and ecological crises.

Can you inspire wonder in the natural world?

As a naturalist you bring good natural history field skills in either plants, insects or mammals, as well as great interpersonal skills to engage people with a wide range of interests and abilities in natural history. Your personal and professional qualities support NHSN’s way of working which include being welcoming, enthusiastic, flexible, agile, and locally focused. Your schedule will be busy, and to engage a wide range of people you will need to be organised and calm, show initiative and persistence, be motivated and inspiring.

What guides your work?

You are helping deliver the ambitions of the Reece Foundation’s Ouse Burn Way and NHSN’s Action for North East Nature. You are leading the development of NHSN’s ‘reserve without walls’ approach, based on eco-museum thinking, which engages people in noticing and valuing wildlife and wilder places in their communities.

How to Apply

Please submit a covering letter and CV. Your application WILL ONLY be considered if you include “Why I am the best candidate for NHSN’s Urban Naturalist” using the numbered requirements of the Person Specification, with your examples, maximum 1000 words.

For an informal discussion about this role, please email NHSN Director, Clare Freeman Please give plenty of time to ensure this can happen.

To apply please email Clare Freeman, by midnight Wednesday 31 July 2024.

Interviews will be held at Gosforth Nature Reserve, Salters Lane, Gosforth NE3 5EP on Tuesday 6 August 2024. No interviews by video will be available as this will be a valuable opportunity to meet the team, and tour Gosforth Nature Reserve. Contribution to travel cost available.

For further information please see the Urban Naturalist Recruitment Pack: Urban-Naturalist-Recruitment-Pack-7-July-2024.pdf (

Closing Date: 31/07/2024  Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

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