Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are seeking to appoint a Research, Evidence and Data Manager to  lead and champion the YWT Peat Programme’s research, evidence and data management activities and grow this further by developing existing and  new partnerships and securing additional funding.

The key aim of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Peat Programme is to enhance and improve peatlands to restore them to functioning carbon sequestering peat bogs. Other key objectives are high quality monitoring, targeted research, education and raising awareness of the multitude of benefits that restoring our peatlands confers.

To lead and champion the YWT Peat Programme’s evidence and data management activities and grow this further by developing existing and  new partnerships and securing additional funding.


  • Peat Programme Implementation Plan – work with other members of the YWT Peat Programme team, external partners and stakeholders to lead & develop the evidence and data management activities in the YWT Peat Programme Implementation Plan. This includes identifying priorities, developing a monitoring programme of monitoring projects, events (e.g. workshops and seminars), collaborations with external institutions and stakeholders and production of published outputs.
  • Team management – manage the Peat Programme’s Evidence & Data Management team of four existing and any new staff as the programme develops. Direct line management for up to four staff including the existing GIS & Remote Sensing Officer and Evidence & Data Officer.
  • Fund-raising – work with YWT’s fund-raising team and external partnerships and stakeholders to identify and secure funding that supports the research, evidence and data management programme. This includes promoting the team’s skills and capacity to take on relevant contract work.
  • Managing Monitoring projects – work with the Peat Programme Manager to manage existing monitoring projects and associated personnel including citizen science led initiatives such as Eyes on the Bog, the Innovate-UK funded PeatFix and a CASE studentships on long-term Sphagnum inoculation.
  • Data management – work with the Evidence & Data Officer to manage and share outputs from the powerful spatial database Bogbase and using the data to provide comprehensive assessments of the state of Yorkshire’s peatlands at regular intervals.
  • Collaborations – work with other partners in the Great North Bog coalition to establish an evidence framework including the development and management of an Evidence & Data Management Stakeholder Group to provide advice on key evidence-related questions to the Great North Bog Operations Group and Board. Represent the Peat Programme on appropriate technical working groups and steering groups.
  • Advice – provide appropriate level advice on developing and managing evidence programmes to other YWT Directorates and close external partners.
  • Promote the Trust and partner organisations whenever possible.
  • Demonstrate our Trust values every day behaving with courage, respect, and integrity whilst trusting others and taking responsibility for your actions at all times.
  • Support and promote the Trust’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults at risk and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • Abide by all Trust policies.
  • Undertake other duties as requested by your line manager and in line with the post.


  • MSc (or equivalent) in relevant physical science.
  • PhD in relevant subject.
  • Experience of monitoring, ideally in upland environments.
  • Experience of Line managing staff.
  • Strong leadership skills and experience in team management.
  • Track record in successful collaborative working.
  • Experience communicating complex scientific issues to a range of different audiences.
  • Track record in writing /editing technical project reports, scientific articles, funding bids, grant applications, and presentations.
  • Experience in the use of GIS & Remote Sensing software and techniques.
  • Experience in management of complex spatial datasets.
  • High level of understanding of the potential application of GIS & Remote Sensing for habitat management planning, monitoring and environmental surveillance.
  • Good level of knowledge of upland ecosystems and influences on these systems.
  • Knowledge of monitoring/research techniques ideally in an upland environment.
  • High level of understanding of scientific project design and delivery.
  • Driving Licence.