Principal Adviser – Biodiversity Net Gain Monitoring & Evaluation

Principal Adviser – Biodiversity Net Gain Monitoring & Evaluation (environmental programme management)

£41,259- £51,235 (Natural England’s policy is to appoint at the salary minimum.  However, for exceptional candidates, a higher starting salary may be considered.)

Grow something special. Work for the world.

At Natural England, we love what we do. That’s because we love the world we do it in. We’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive. A healthy natural environment is fundamental to our wellbeing, prosperity and happiness – that’s why we collaborate with scientists, lawyers, projects managers and experts to shape environmental policy and decision making for the better.

We work on a huge range of projects, from updating environmental law to influencing construction, changing the way we farm or carrying out vital statutory duties. All across the country, we’re helping nature to support people and our planet.

The role

The Evidence Services Team provides scientific leadership and ensures Natural England operates as an evidence-based organisation. As well as leading on externally commissioned programmes, we provide expert analytical, data management and interpretation services, and enable appropriate access to evidence through online systems.

In this key role, you’ll work in our Chief Scientist Directorate alongside some of the country’s leading environmental scientists. Managing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of a highly varied programme of environmental work, you’ll build and apply an evidence base that makes a real difference to the natural environment. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a leading role in our contribution to net gain and to evaluate the environmental impact of any measures introduced.


We’re looking for people with a relevant degree (or equivalent experience) and a strong technical and applied understanding of the policy and regulatory landscape required for the role. You’ll have an excellent record in managing complex projects, including delivery design & leadership, planning, budgeting, procurement and contract management. And because you have a strong knowledge of the development sector, including the application of net gain, you’ll understand how to monitor and evaluate its impact on biodiversity.

You’ll also have

–      proven evaluation and data analysis skills

–      excellent written and verbal communication style

–      functional leadership expertise

–      a strong track record of working in partnership


If you’re as dedicated to the environment as you are to your career, this is an unrivalled opportunity to make a positive impact, working for the government’s statutory adviser for the natural environment.

Apply now to help nature – and your career – thrive.