Job reference: Swindon Project Ecologist
Reports to: Conservation Lead Swindon
Closing date: 
Monday 11 December 2023
Salary: £30,000 per annum
Contract type: Fixed term, until March 2025
Working hours: Full-time, 37.5 per week
 Remote working, with office and meeting space at Blakehill Nature Reserve

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are looking for an ecologist to work closely with the Swindon Forest Meadows team.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to become involved in an innovative and ambitious project within Swindon Borough. If you are enthusiastic about delivering change for wildlife, have already gained skills and experience in ecological surveying and are looking for a role in which you will be able to really make a difference, then we would like to hear from you.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are looking for an ecologist to work closely with the Swindon Forest Meadows team, Swindon Borough Council and other stakeholders to identify and evaluate opportunities for nature based projects, including the creation, enhancement and expansion of woodland and other habitats.  Contribute to project design and implementation by producing maps, survey reports, metric and unit calculations, as well as monitoring and management plans for projects. As the project Ecologist you will be enthusiastic and forward thinking, supporting the project and team members to deliver nature recovery projects within the Great Western Community Forest.

During your daily work you will organise and undertake a range of habitat and species baseline surveys, prepare management plans and produce maps. You will need to be confident in providing ecological advice to the project team and landowners, be a clear and effective communicator and passionate about using your knowledge and skills to inform a diverse programme of practical works.

This is a new position created as part of the Swindon Forest Meadows Project, aimed at delivering nature’s recovery in the face of a loss of habitat as Swindon has grown. The world is in the midst of an ecological crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of nature to our health and wellbeing.  In the face of the ecological and climate crisis we need to find better ways to engage the Swindon Community, both in the developed areas, and in the surrounding countryside, to ensure nature is valued and meaningful action is taken. This role will be at the heart of achieving ambitious tree planting targets and landscape change within the area.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse organisation, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need talented people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side.  Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is an exemplary employer with high staff satisfaction and multiple benefits for employees. These benefits include:

  • Employer pension contribution up to 7.5%
  • Group risk insurance – death in service and income protection
  • 25 days annual leave plus public holidays (pro-rata)
  • Staff discount at Dragonfly Cafe
  • Free tea and coffee
  • On-site parking
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Two staff wellbeing days per annum


A full job description and application pack is available to download below.

If after reading the job description you would like to discuss this opportunity informally, please contact Neil Pullen on 07818045198 or NeilP@wiltshirewildlife.org.     

This is a rolling recruitment so if interested in this role please submit your application to recruitment@wiltshirewildlife.org. Applications will be shortlisted upon receipt. If successful, you will be notified by email and invited to an interview.

Please note we are only able to accept applications via our application form and when completing the form please ensure you use the ‘supporting statement’ section to evidence how you believe you meet the essential and desirable criteria detailed in the Job Description. This information will be used in our short-listing process.

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