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A Forest Monitoring Scientist role, to lead and manage a monitoring network of forest sites. Including exploiting and promoting use of data generated to develop and strengthen interdisciplinary research.

The Centre for Forest Protection, at Forest Research (FR), applies a wide range of expertise to important issues concerning the health, functioning and value of Britain’s trees woods and forests. It leads FR’s research into biosecurity threats, ecosystem robustness and resilience, and forest genetics. Interdisciplinary research is strongly encouraged, and the Centre provides a stimulating environment for scientists with professional training in plant pathology, entomology, soils, hydrology, and forest genetics.

The role of the Physical Environment Research Group is to maintain and enhance a world class forest environment research base, recognised for its scientific excellence, objective, and authoritative advice, and valued by society for its effective contribution to addressing key issues of forest environment management. We work effectively with end users and the wider science community to ensure that efforts are directed to priority issues, that scientific outcomes are applied, and that forest environment science informs government policy and reporting.

A key area of our work is assessing the impact of air pollution and environmental change on forest health. This relies heavily on our integrated long-term monitoring network of UK forest sites plus our core Environmental Change Network and eLTER site in Alice Holt Forest. Data from these sites increasingly underpin developments in environmental modelling, scientific understanding, and environmental policy, as well as contributing to reporting on national and international regulations. We are seeking a permanent PB4 environmental scientist to manage our long-term forest monitoring network and to utilise the data to improve understanding of the impacts of environmental change on tree health.

The main role of the post-holder will be to lead and manage our long-term monitoring network of forest sites. This will include exploiting and promoting use of the data generated to develop and strengthen interdisciplinary research both internally and externally. The post-holder will be expected to publish reports and scientific papers, as well as pursue funding bids to help grow the monitoring network.

This Forest Monitoring Scientist role will be based in Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LH. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. See further details about our locations via this link.

Want to work at the cutting edge of environmental science?  Passionate about making a difference and playing your part in tackling the climate and nature crisis?  FR is all about giving top quality evidence and advice to policymakers and practitioners to make a positive impact on the ground. Internationally recognised, we need people who have the skills and passion to work on excellent science and provide practical solutions for nature.

We’re small enough that your voice is heard, yet large enough, as part of the Forestry Commission, that we have everything on hand to get the job done, as well as a variety of career pathways.  Our staff are dedicated to their work and sharing it with others to bring positive change for our planet.  And you will find us a flexible and inclusive employer, so you can have a work life balance that is tailor-made to your circumstances. So whether it’s climate or carbon; pests or pathogens; behaviour or biodiversity that interests you, you can be assured of a warm welcome to the team. To find out further information, visit

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