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A Geospatial Data Engineer role at Forest Research (FR), to cover a wide range of geo spatial, analytical and information technology tasks and allowing many opportunities for skills development.

The National Forest Inventory (NFI) programme monitors the location, extent and condition of woodlands throughout Great Britain. It does this by means of construction, regular maintenance and updating of a digital spatial map of British woodlands using information from aerial photography, remote sensing and administrative sources. This is augmented with a large field survey operation with many thousands of individual survey sites covering a representative sample of woodlands across Great Britain. The NFI field survey is designed as a continuous survey of woodland on a 5-year cycle, with repeat surveying of most sites in each cycle. The operation is approaching the mid-point of the third cycle of assessments 2020-2025.

Outputs from the NFI provide evidence to decision makers across GB supporting the development of forestry policy, the timber industry and the environment and biodiversity within our forests. Through a series of repeat measurements and assessments at our sample sites, we are building a picture of how Britain’s woodlands are changing. Take a look at National Forest Inventory – Forest Research for further information about the range and depth of the outputs from the NFI programme.

We seek to appoint a Geospatial Data Engineer to work as part of a wider team including data scientists, data analysts, statisticians, mapping specialists, remote sensing specialists and field data collection experts. The role covers a wide range of geo spatial, analytical and information technology tasks and will allow many opportunities for skills development. There will be opportunities to liaise with geo spatial data engineers and data scientists across Government and to be involved in wider aspects of the work of Forest Research.  Reporting to the NFI Analysis team lead there will be opportunities to work across the entire NFI team and in wider collaboration across FR.  The role will be varied, dealing with technology and data, customers and specialists.

The role can be based in Alice Holt Research Station, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH or in Northern Research Station, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9SY. Blended working gives you the option to work some of the week from home, and some from the workplace. You will be asked to express a location preference during the application process. 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?  Forest Research 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 details, visit

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