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A GIS Specialist – Technical role, within Forest Research (FR). To support an increasing customer base within the Forestry Commission (FC) and our external forestry customers.

The GIS and Data Services team sit 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’ 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 1600 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 a GIS specialist to support an increasing customer base within the FC and our external forestry customers. You will be working with the latest GIS technologies and data, presenting an excellent opportunity to utilise existing as well as develop new skills. You will be supported in your individual development needs, goals and career aspirations. The role will be based with our GIS Development function, working directly to the GIS Technical Lead, with opportunities to work across the entire team.

The role will be varied, dealing with technology and data, with customers and supporting development of new products and services. 

This GIS Specialist – Technical 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?  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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