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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Ancient Woodland Inventory Officer

Reporting to: Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC) Biodiversity Information Manager

Based: WWT Head Office, Elm Tree Court, Devizes

Contract: Full Time, Fixed term (18 months) – 37.5 hours/week with possibility of extension

Salary : £24,275 – 25,808 depending on experience

Benefits: Pension up to 7.5% non-contributory

Group risk insurance (death in service and income protection)

25 days annual leave plus public holidays

Complimentary access to all WWT reserves and events

Staff discount at WWT cafes, retail workshops and classes

Free tea and coffee

Office in central town location with free parking

The Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC) is looking for someone who is proficient using GIS, with knowledge of ecology and experience of botanical surveying to update the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Wiltshire. The post offers a great opportunity to build working relationships with staff and volunteers from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, biological recorders, other NGOs and key stakeholders across the county, and make a significant contribution to the conservation and protection of irreplaceable ancient woodland habitat.

The post holder will be someone who is able to use their knowledge and skills to undertake a complete revision of the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Wiltshire and Swindon via GIS analysis of current data sources, and determining ancient woodland status by sourcing and interpreting additional evidence (e.g. historic maps). There will also be a field-survey component, in collaboration with expert botanists, to ground truth the desk-based research including surveying for ancient woodland/wood-pasture indicator plants or other features.

We are looking for a candidate who is organised and motivated, with a keen interest in ancient woodland ecology. They will be an excellent team-worker with the ability to work on their own initiative and able to build and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will produce a substantially updated Inventory, using a consistent and quality controlled methodology (as defined by Natural England) to create an accurate record of ancient woodland and ancient wood-pasture in Wiltshire. The output of the project is a GIS dataset, produced to agreed data standards, and a written report.

Hosted by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT), WSBRC has catalogued and stored biodiversity information for the past 46 years. The WSBRC promotes and supports biological recording and monitoring and is part of a national network of Local Environmental Records Centres. It gathers, manages, interprets and disseminates a wide range of biological and geological information and works with a range of partners to deliver recording, monitoring and citizen science projects within Wiltshire. The project is made possible due to grant-funding from Natural England and the Woodland Trust.

Closing Date: 9am - Monday 29th November 2021

(Successful candidates will be notified by Tuesday 30th November. We regret we are unable to provide feedback to candidates who are not selected for interview).

Interviews: Tuesday 7th December 2021 at Elm Tree Court, Devizes

A full job description and application pack is available to download from our website here

If you would like to discuss this opportunity informally, please contact Jo Wright, WSBRC Biodiversity Information Manager, at

(Please note: Applications will only be accepted via our Application Form. When completing the form please ensure you use the ‘supporting statement’ section to evidence how you believe you meet the essential and desirable criteria detailed in the Job Description. This information will be used in our short-listing process).

Closing Date: 29/11/2021  Location: WWT Head Office, Elm Tree Court, Devizes

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