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A GIS Specialist (ForesterWeb) role, in the GIS and Data Services team at Forest Research (FR). To act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) to customers on our ForesterWeb product, based on Esri technology.

The GIS and Data Services team sits within the Centre for Inventory Forecasting & Operational Support (IFOS), an expert, customer focused provider of forestry information, software and services. The team manage and deliver an integrated spatial platform for forest and land management comprising ‘Forester’ web-based applications and ‘GeoStore’ containing detailed a GB-wide spatial data and metadata catalogue. ESRI Enterprise, ArcGIS Online and open-source technology are used to deliver services from the platform to a growing number of users within the forestry and land management sector. Increasingly, mobile and remote sensing technologies, coupled with data science, are being used to produce derived data and information products for our customers. We also support a growing demand from our internal and external customers for focussed GIS solutions to meet specific needs. 

The GIS and Data Services team are recruiting for a GIS Specialist (ForesterWeb), to act as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) to customers on our ForesterWeb product, based on Esri technologies. You will be part of the Support Team and interface with customers on their requirements from the ForesterWeb SaaS product. As the SME, you will help to solve complex problems, delivering on change requests and providing sound technical advice. You will also have a role in the promotion and strategic direction of the product to the customer.

The GIS specialist will be a subject matter expert and brings an in-depth knowledge of both Esri products and our ForesterWeb solution, in order to provide complex technical solutions and sound technical advice to our customers. You will work closely with them to identify, specify and deliver change requests, often through a project-based approach. You will lead on the technical liaison between Esri, IFOS and the customer to solve complex issues. Together with others, you will leverage the potential of our ForesterWeb product to deliver value to customers, enhancing its functionality.

The role is based in Northern Research Station, Roslin, Midlothian or at Alice Holt Research Station, Farnham, Surrey. 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 information, visit

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