Landscape Recovery Spatial Analyst (GIS)

The Wildlife Trusts

About Us 

The Wildlife Trusts are a grassroots movement of 900,000 members, 38,000 volunteers and 3,300
staff across the UK. In the face of the interlinked climate and nature crises, we strive
towards of a Wilder Future and believe this can be achieved through a joined-up system (which
we call a Recovery Network) that can allow the natural world to thrive once more.
It’s imperative that the UK’s precious wildlife and wild spaces are properly valued and
protected, and that nature across at least 30% of land and seas is given the chance to

Nature North is a collaboration of environmental organisations that have come together to drive
green growth and climate resilience through nature recovery in the North of England. Members of
the Nature North Steering Group include the Northern Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, National Trust, the
Woodland Trust, the Rivers Trust, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Northern
National Parks and the Northern AONB’s. Nature North is hosted by Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
Nature North has recently received half a million pounds from the National Lottery Heritage
Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for a 3 year project to develop the Investable
Propositions and an Investment Strategy for the North of England. This role is created through
this fund. 

The Severn & Wye Partnership was established in order to deliver greater impact for nature.
It currently consists of the nine Wildlife Trusts covering the full catchment areas of the
Rivers Wye and Severn. The Trusts, which together have over 100,000 members, are Radnorshire,
Montgomeryshire, Herefordshire, Gwent, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire,
Gloucestershire, and Birmingham and the Black Country, supported by the Royal Society of
Wildlife Trusts. 

The Hadrian’s Wall programme is derived from Nature North with a specific focus to create a
much wilder setting for the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project is being developed by the
Cumbria and Northumberland Wildlife Trusts, alongside the many partners and landowner/managers
along the Wall corridor. 

The next few years will be critical in determining what kind of world we all live in. We need
to urgently reverse the loss of wildlife and put nature into recovery at scale if we are to
prevent climate and ecological disaster. We recognise that this will require big, bold changes
in the way The Wildlife Trusts work, not least in how we mobilise others and support them to
organise within their own communities. 

About You 

Do you have outstanding spatial analysis and GIS skills, are you used to dealing with large
spatial dataset? Do you get frustrated by the lack of use and sharing of datasets which could
inform strategic decision making for the nature recovery sector? Do you want to use your skills
to help us shape the recovery of nature and the economy at the landscape scale? 

Supported by funding from the Ecological Restoration Fund and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation we are
recruiting and looking to host a spatial analyst post to support the Nature North Partnership,
with a focus on Hadrian’s Wall, and the Severn & Wye Partnership. This role will pay a key
part in helping both partnerships to develop investable propositions for nature recovery at
scale. The person appointed will support the development of investment plans for nature for the
North of England and Severn & Wye catchment. 

You will work with partners to audit and collate the relevant spatial datasets. You will carry
out new analyses to optimise the use of this data for the aims of Nature North, Hadrian’s
Wall and the Severn & Wye Partnership. You will work with project teams and partners to
support the sharing and use of this data. You will also help develop a spatial data governance
strategy to ensure better sharing and use of datasets across these large landscape scale

You will have excellent skills and experience in using spatial analysis and GIS to provide data
which informs decision making in the environmental sector. You will have an understanding
of the biophysical, ecological and social factors that influence the effectiveness of nature
based solutions. Having the ability to be self-motivated and be an effective communicator is
also essential. 

The Wildlife Trusts value passion, respect, trust, integrity, pragmatic activism and strength
in diversity. Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims, we are not judgemental and are
inclusive. We want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage
applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector, including people from
minority backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that
recognises and truly values individual differences and identities. 

RSWT take our Safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. Please click here to read our
commitment statement. 

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a
disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you
require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

This role may be subject to a DBS check. 

Closing date for applications: 17th December 2023  
First interview: 11th January 2023  
Second interview: 19th January 2023 

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