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Field Unit Ecologist - Lead Advisor

The Field Unit Team are looking to recruit 3 new Ecologists. 

Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £26,224
Location: The role is based nationally and travel will be required. You will be linked to your nearest office. Ecologists within the East of England, North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber are required.
Closing date: Sunday 16th October 2022

At Natural England, we advise the UK Government on the natural environment. We’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive. From advising farmers on sustainable land management, to gathering and analysing environmental data, and promoting health and wellbeing through the great outdoors, we love what we do. Join us and you’ll be part of an inclusive, motivated and ambitious team, committed to achieving results for our environment, for everyone.

The Field Unit is a dedicated national team of ecologists. It strives/aims to be a network of excellence for field ecology in Natural England. It also comprises an annual intake of staff from other parts of the organisation who work part time with the unit and a wide network of alumni from the Area teams. The Field Unit’s annual work programme supports delivery of Natural England’s priorities through field survey, building NE’s capability in ecology through an annual training programme and field testing innovation work e.g. new approaches to Protected Sites Monitoring including using UAVs, DNA and testing monitoring reforms such as assessing SSSIs using a Feature rather than Unit based approach.

During the main summer survey season the role will be predominantly field based and involve organising and carrying out a range of habitat surveys across England. Survey scope is likely to include botanical surveying on a range of habitats (heathlands, grasslands, woodlands, coastal, wetlands, urban etc) and will include data collection associated with assessing landscape features and soils, some of which will extend into the winter months. Equipment will include a mixture of traditional and Geographical Information System based recording/collection tools to enable georeferenced data collection and spatial mapping. Survey season length will vary each year depending on habitat and purpose. Off season the focus will be on reporting, data analysis, planning and preparing, including updates to methods and development of training materials ahead of the following year’s survey season.

We are looking for people who have good botanical survey skills (FISC level 3 or above - essential) in a range of habitats and experience using a range of digital data capture tools and a willingness to use new technology. We are also looking for entomologists with reasonable botanical survey skills (FISC level 3 or above – essential).

Due to the nature of these roles, following interview panel assessment, suitable candidates will need to undertake a field identification test at a National Nature Reserve. Suitable candidates will be contacted separately with regard to this assessment.

All these roles will suit individuals with proven field ecology experience with the successful applicants able to undertake botanical field surveys of UK habitats. Whilst all these roles are for field surveyors, there are elements of the role which will require office working throughout the year between surveys. We are seeking ecologists with more than just field skills - applicants must also be able to analyse and interpret data, work successfully with partners and train, support and advise colleagues.

A full UK driving licence is required. These roles will require regular national travel (using public transport where possible) throughout England and regular overnight stays of several days are required. 

We welcome and encourage applications from all communities and, wherever possible, we accommodate requests for both full and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns. Everyone at Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You can also look forward to great benefits including a Civil Service pension.

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Closing Date: 16/10/2022  Location: National

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