Citizen Science Officer - Observatree

The Woodland Trust

Grantham, Lincolnshire
£22,000 - £24,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01476 581111 Recruitment Team

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 23rd February 2020   3 days left


The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland.


This role forms part of the successful, multi-partner initiative Observatree, a project that is now in its seventh year and led by Forest Research. The project is centred on a strong volunteer network across the UK who monitor and record the health of our trees and woods. Due to such work, early detection of damaging pests and diseases increases the chances of their successful eradication or containment. The Citizen Science Officer will be responsible for recruiting, developing and maintaining the volunteer network. The role will act as the project representative for the Woodland Trust within the partnership and will be responsible for ensuring the WT meets its obligations for volunteer management and project communications.


Alongside good ecological knowledge including tree identification, you’ll need experience recruiting, motivating, managing and retaining a network of geographically dispersed volunteers, including organising and delivering their training. In addition, you’ll have excellent communication skills and be confident to speak in public and represent Observatree and Woodland Trust in a professional and competent manner. With a willingness to learn about tree pests and diseases, you’ll have an understanding of managing scientific data and ideally some knowledge of GIS. You’ll also be able to drive and stay away from home overnight.


There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. In return, we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.

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