27 September 2016

What we do with your data.

Today there's a survey out from the Chartered Institute of Marketing saying that most people have no idea what companies need their data for and are worried about what they do with it. The BBC story about it can be read here.

It seems timely to remind you about CJS's data policy - which we call our Privacy Policy.  In short it is: Not to sell, give or exchange your details with anyone not entitled to have access to them.  That last bit is because people like HMRC sometimes need to examine our records.  We only ever ask you for the minimum details required to deliver your newsletters meaning we hold very little about you.

Read it in full here.  This page also has information about cookies.

And remember CJS is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (Register entry: Z9570707). If you want to know what we hold about you we are happy to send a copy of your record to the address we have on file for you - that's so that we know it's going to you and no one else.


So now you know!

19 September 2016

Now published: CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Groundwork

26 pages in total, the lead article is from Groundwork; in response to a need to find creative ways of preserving our parks and open spaces in the ‘Age of Austerity’ Groundwork has developed a ‘Community Project Toolkit’, which will aid groups wanting to better their local area. Similar information is included in our round up of how to set up a ‘Friends of’ group with thanks to Leeds City Council. The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) piloted a Junior Ranger project which has resulted in a network of groups run by different Ranger Services across Scotland; East Lothian Countryside Service run one such group and profile one of the Junior Rangers who has gone through the project. An internship with Scottish Wildcat Action was a natural move for James Walker who left a permanent ranger post to try and fulfil his dream of working on conservation projects. Find out if the gamble was worth it. People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has always involved volunteers in their work. The Mammals on Roads survey, although counting the dead, gathers vital data on mammal populations. PTES will continue to utilise citizen science in their research; find out what you can get involved in. With 12,000 regular volunteers the RSPB receives over 900,000 hours annually. This contribution is essential to the smooth running of the charity but it’s not all outside practical work; you don’t even have to be a bird expert to donate your time and talents. Read it here

16 September 2016

Power out day - didn't go smoothly

Ah, the joys of rural living!

Yesterday morning at nine o'clock precisely the lights went out and the cacophony of alarms sounded before silence fell. There was a rattle, a clunk and a cloud of blue smoke as the onsite generator fired up on the telephone exchange.  We did a few jobs at home and then set out for the day, leaving Goathland in glorious sunshine we headed into Whitby and thick fog!  Despite the inclement weather it turned out to be a good day, sauntering around pretending to be tourists for a few hours looking at all the things we usually dash past in the rush to get the shopping done, chores completed and back home again. Eventually it was time to make our way back over the hill, out of the fog and back to Goathland.  The electricity was due to be restored at 4.30pm, however when the lights were still dark at close to five the analogue phone was retrieved from the emergency cupboard and plugged in and we phoned the number on the letter. Sure enough the rumours were right, it had taken longer than anticipated but they hoped we would be back online at or around five.  Five o'clock came and went and it was still dark so we phoned again, this time to get a recorded message informing us that the power was to be restored at 6.30.  Back into the emergency cupboard for candles and lanterns both battery and gas powered.

The lights came back on just after six to much relief.

Later on catching up on the news I found that Northern Powergrid had tweeted out an update and apology.



And for people whose mobile numbers they have on file sent a text update.

Unfortunately, when Goathland has no power we have neither mobile phone signal (the mast shuts downs) nor wifi or internet connection!  So no one knew!!

09 September 2016

Owl vs bat

Yesterday evening it was very warm so I had the sitting room windows open, dusk falls quite early and by nine it was dark outside.  It was surprisingly quiet, no cars, no people just the noise of the breeze in the trees and then the owls waking up.  One started hooting really close by so I looked out and there on top of next door’s chimney was the unmistakable silhouette of a tawny; after a few more hoots it fell silent, its head bobbing up and down and swaying from side to side obviously trying to get a ‘lock onto’ its prey.  We have lots of mice and voles in the garden so I was hoping it might swoop down right in front of me.   Sure enough the owl launched itself from the chimney pot but its target was not a small rodent but rather ambitiously a bat!  The owl stooped down, flicked its wings back, feet forward and talons out (doing quite a good impression of a sparrowhawk); initially I wondered what on earth it was doing but then a bat jinked left, right and then going up over the owl before disappearing at high speed round the side of the house faster than I think I’ve seen a bat fly before. The owl righted itself and flew quite lazily right past the window heading off down the hedgeline towards more productive hunting across the fields at the top of the incline.

08 September 2016

CJS Professional: September 2016 edition

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: www.countryside-jobs.com/Professional/current.htm   You may need to refresh your browser.

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Conservation Officer - Central Nature Reserves, Worcester Wildlife Trust (Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip near Worcester)
Professional Development Coordinator, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (Winchester)
Ecologist, Dartmoor National Park Authority
Community Engagement Officer (Save our Magnificent Meadows Project), Somerset Wildlife Trust (based at Cheddar)
Director of Living Landscapes, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (Brandon Marsh Nature Centre)
Inspiring People Officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (Stirley Community Farm)
Project Coordinator, Wiston Lodge, Path of the Little People (South Lanarkshire)
Reserves Team Leader (West), Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

CJS Notices
CJS Focus: Last call for adverts.
CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Groundwork will be published later this month. The deadline for advertising is tomorrow - 9 September - so you need to submit your adverts now.
More information can be found here

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read
Including: The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2016. The awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Botanical Britain category is sponsored by CJS.

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in November.  7 pages
We're now listing events and courses in 2017, send your information today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here.  Also look at the new options for greater promotion and revised rates - cheaper to add logos.

Classified Advertising Click here
Including details of a new free birdsong app

Print length this edition: 70
That's a lot to read however CJS Professional is set so that you can skim the headers and pick out the articles that are appropriate for you or use the links above to go direct to each section.

The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 13 October
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 10 October
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

06 September 2016

Power out day, new date.

The first one scheduled for 10 August was postponed (still not best pleased about that!) and the revised day has now been announced, it will be Thursday 15 September.
Consequently the CJS Office will be closed for the day.  We are slightly worried because we've heard that work will not be completed in one day, if it flows over into Friday that will cause real problems here.  We will put contingencies in place and keep our fingers crossed.  With backup emergency short term power we should be able to update everyone via this blog and twitter.

23 August 2016

An office day out!

We take our annual holiday tomorrow (Wednesday 24 August) to go to the Egton Show the local agricultural show.  Forecast is looking not too bad, we'll think about you as we wander round eating our bacon butties and ice cream, patting ponies and keeping our hands firmly in our pockets as we look at the wares on display in the Brigantia tent (local crafts).
Back to 'normal' on Thursday.

11 August 2016

CJS Professional: August edition

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: www.countryside-jobs.com/Professional/current.htm   You may need to refresh your browser.

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Admin Assistant / CJS Team Member
Due to a change in family circumstances a valued member of the CJS Team has reluctantly decided to hand in their notice.  Which means that our friendly, hardworking, close-knit team will be one member short. Could you be the person to fill the vacancy left behind?
NB: Applications close on Friday 12 August so you'll have to be quick!
Full details here.

Rights of Way and Access Assistant, Lake District National Park (Based at Murley Moss, Kendal)
Employment & Community Project Officer (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough), Groundwork (based at Alconbury Weald, covering the whole of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, with occasional travel across the East of England)
River Technicians, Cain Bio-Engineering (Hampshire)

CJS Notices
Do you need volunteers? Want to promote your work days? Grow your 'Friends of' group? Offering a long term placement?
If you've answered yes to any of these then you need to advertise in CJS Focus on Volunteering published on 19 September. This edition is in association with Groundwork.
The deadline for advertising is 9 September  More information can be found here

Featured Charity: Fourth exclusive article from Bat Conservation Trust: The National Bat Helpline, read it in full here

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Countryside Management Association 50th Anniversary Conference: Twenty First Century Rangers - Looking Forward to the Next 50 Years  Early Bird discount extended to 1 September

Short Courses and Events in October.  9 pages

We're now listing events and courses in 2017, send your information today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here.

Grants and funding: Click here for details
Six new funding providers listed this month.

Print length this edition: 79
That's a lot to read however CJS Professional is set so that you can skim the headers and pick out the articles that are appropriate for you or use the links above to go direct to each section.

The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 8 September
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 5 September
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

01 August 2016

Advance warning: CJS Office Closed - UPDATED

Friday 5 August: it's now been confirmed that the power out day has been postponed. So we'll be here as usual!

Hand delivered at lunch time (1/8) was a letter from Northern Powergrid informing us that the electricity will be turned off on Wednesday 10 August between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. for essential maintenance work.  In this case it's clearing trees and vegetation from the overhead lines.  Which means that the office will closed for the day.  TB, 4 miles down the hill in Sleights, was without electricity one day last month for the same reason. It's a regular once a year - once every other year occurrence and if it means the lights stay on all winter a small price to pay.
For CJS it's an annoyance but we get an extra day off and for residential customers it's not a bad time to be without power - you don't need lights on all day, don't need the heating etc.- however, it's not good for the businesses catering for all our tourists and it's such short notice too meaning that there lots of unhappy people.
And while we're talking about days off we'll remind everyone that the office will be closed on Wednesday 24 August for the local agricultural show as well.

14 July 2016

CJS Professional: July edition

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: www.countryside-jobs.com/Professional/current.htm   You may need to refresh your browser.

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Ecology Consultant, ADAS (Cambridge)
Countryside Sites Warden, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Senior Ecology Consultant, ADAS (Cambridge)
Assistant Land Management Officer (Berkshire), BBOWT
Policy Officers - Conservation & Wildlife Management and Rural Development & Community (2 roles), Scottish Land & Estates
Nature Skills Programme, Ulster Wildlife - 6 one year Traineeships
Field Studies Tutors, The Cranedale Centre (near Malton, North Yorkshire)
Graduate Trainee - Somatic Embryogenesis Technician, Maelor Forest Nurseries Limited (Wales/Shropshire border)
Regional Officer North West England, British Association for Shooting and Conservation (ideally based North Lancashire or Cumbria)
Field Surveyor. Ecology Solutions East. (Herts & Staffs)
Trainee Seed Manager, Maelor Forest Nurseries Limited (Wales/Shropshire border)

Other adverts:
The Marine Conservation Society is looking for volunteers to join them on our beaches!
Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Framework Withdrawal - lantra feedback request

CJS Notices
CJS Focus on Volunteering, September edition. Advance notice before the holidays begin.

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in September. 8 page calendar in total

Grants and funding: Click here for details
Eleven new funding providers listed this month.

Print length this edition: 75
That's a lot to read however CJS Professional is set so that you can skim the headers and pick out the articles that are appropriate for you or use the links above to go direct to each section.

The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 11 August
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 8 August
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

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09 June 2016

CJS Professional: July edition

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: www.countryside-jobs.com/Professional/current.htm   You may need to refresh your browser.

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Project Co-ordinator - Working Woodlands, New Forest National Park (New Forest, Hampshire)
Field Ecologists (2016 Survey Season), Aspect Ecology (central and south east England)
Senior Ecologist, Innovation Environmental Services (Reading)
Senior Countryside Access Ranger and Countryside Access Ranger, Hampshire County Council (Southampton and Petersfield)
John Muir Way Development Officer (12 Month, Temporary Post), Central Scotland Green Network (Shotts, North Lanarkshire)
Seabird Monitor, The SOTEAG (Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group (based on Shetland)
Assistant Development Officer (12 Month, Temporary Post), Central Scotland Green Network (Shotts, North Lanarkshire)
Under Stalker, Ardverikie Estate (Newtonmore, Inverness-shire)
Communities Support Officer  (18.75 hours per week.  Fixed term for 3 years ), Newcastle City Council (Walker Park)

CJS Notices
New for June 2016: Instant Access to CJS Weekly (more here)
CJS Focus on Countryside Skills (traditional and modern). Included in full here.
23 pages in total, the lead article is from the Field Studies Council; FSC are concerned about a lack of taxonomic skills and are working to develop biodiversity skills for the future. Cotswolds AONB talk about the importance of rural skills and how they can be preserved. Leading on from this there are articles from the Dry Stone Walling Association, National Coppice Federation & National Hedgelaying Society each detailing how to develop these traditional skills in the future. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has offered traineeships for a number of years; they describe how these benefit the participants and the local area. NYMNPA also talk about the importance of apprenticeships in providing the skills required for a career in conservation. More modern skills required in countryside work include project management as discussed by Staffordshire &; S & W Wales Wildlife Trusts and social media; get some pointers from Cheshire WT. Our Bright Future involves a lot of organisations across the UK and aims to support young people in developing the skills they need to work in the environment. Conservation grazing may be something you have not considered; the Rare Breeds Survival Trust gives us a whistle stop tour of the processes involved and the experience and training needed

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read
This month including news from our Featured Charity: Bat Conservation Trust on the launch of The Big Bat Map.
Also our coverage (so far) of Volunteers Week.

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in August. 5 page calendar in total

Classified Advertising Click here
Grants and funding: Click here for details
Eleven new funding providers listed this month.

23 May 2016

Now published: CJS Focus on Countryside Skills (traditional & modern) in association with the Field Studies Council

23 pages in total, the lead article is from the Field Studies Council; FSC are concerned about a lack of taxonomic skills. In this article they describe the recent decline in field skills and detail how they are working to improve the skills set of people entering the conservation sector. David Molloy from Cotswold Rural Skills talks about the importance of rural skills and how they can be preserved. Dry stone walling: a living craft for the present day? The Dry Stone Walling Association says yes and explains why. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has supported many Trainees over recent times, with 2 case studies they describe how a rural apprenticeship can help you gain the skills you need for work in the conservation sector. Project Management is an important part of working in the countryside. You may have lots of great ideas but can you nurture them to reality? The Staffordshire & S & W Wales Wildlife Trusts give some pointers to help you succeed in this dark art. The National Coppice Federation describes how important the act of coppicing is to woodland management. Our Bright Future is a programme being delivered across the UK by lots of different organisations and aims to create the next generation of environmental leaders through skills provision. Could you develop a career in Conservation Grazing? Ruth Dalton from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust provides a whistle-stop tour of conservation grazing and some of the skills you will need to embark on a career in it. The National Hedge Laying Society describes how complex the art of hedge laying is and why it is so important to develop the skill in to the future. We couldn’t get away without an article on the use of social media in the conservation sector. Cheshire Wildlife Trust gives some pointers on how to use this technology to maximum potential and the skills needed to have successful campaigns. Finally the North York Moors National Park Authority say more Countryside Apprenticeships should be offered to improve the skill set of people entering our sector. They describe why they offer the opportunities and why more should be available. Read it here

12 May 2016

CJS Professional: May edition

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: www.countryside-jobs.com/Professional/current.htm   You may need to refresh your browser.

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Team Leader / Team Member - Marlborough, Wessex Countryside Management
Field Surveyor, Ecology Solutions (South East England, particularly welcome applications from the Burgess Hill area)
Fixed Term Ecologist - BSG Ecology, Newcastle Office
Lecturer in Countryside Management at Brooksby Melton College
Team Operative / Groundsperson - Exeter, Glendale Countryside (NB applications close on Friday 13 May)
Field Studies Tutors, The Cranedale Centre (near Malton, North Yorkshire)
Upper Ray Living Landscape Manager, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (Meadow Farm, near Bicester)
Assistant Instructor, Sayers Croft (Surrey)
Conservation Farmer - Stirley Community Farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Ranger, First for Wellbeing (Barnwell Country Park near Oundle in Northamptonshire)
Estate Maintenance Worker / Ghillie, Reay Forest Estate of the Duke & Duchess of Westminster & Grosvenor family (North West Highlands of Scotland)
Gateway Team Leader (Stirley Community Farm), Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Working Wetlands Advisory Officer (Tamar), Devon Wildlife Trust
Welsh Section Support Officer, CIEEM (Location:  Dependent on location of postholder)
Woodland Heritage Officer, Employed by Pennine Prospects in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Education and Engagement Officer, Ribble Rivers Trust (Clitheroe, Lancashire)


CJS Notices
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Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read
Including news from our Featured Charity, Bat Conservation Trust, on celebrating 20 years of the National Bat Monitoring Programme

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in July. 10 page calendar in total
Plus details of recent additions to the Training Directory

Grants and funding: Click here for details
Two new funding providers listed this month.

11 May 2016

The dog ate my homework....

There are some wonderful stories and excuses given for not doing what you should or being where you're meant to be. 
A common one in the CJS office is that you got stuck behind a slow moving flock of sheep - happens all too often - or that all the world and his dog stopped you to talk about village affairs just as you were about to walk in through the door, that's another frequent one (Goathlanders are on the whole a friendly, nosy, complaining, happy sharing lot!).  However, on Monday we heard a new one, we were waiting for our IT support to come in and have look at one of the computers which is running a bit slow (we're asking it to do too much I think), when we received an email that said:
"Sending this from the moor fire up at Levisham. Doesn't look like I'll be back tonight till dark."  
You see our main IT support is also a part-time fireman and it turns out he'd had a busy day dealing with a medical emergency in the morning (they provide rapid response paramedic cover too) and then being called out to a large moor fire that required 5 crews with 8 engines to get it under control. Read more on our local paper the Whitby Gazette here, with embedded YouTube video of the fire taking hold.