18 July 2017

It's Dragonfly Week this week running between 15th-23rd July 2017.



Dragonfly Week is a week of fun, training and celebration focused on the wonderful world of dragonflies.

CJS has a rather sweet association with dragonflies.  Before CJS (and in the early days) Niall and Anthea used to run a freelance environmental education service called Rent-a-Ranger and in the days before mobiles used CB radios to keep in touch. Their call signs were Dragonfly and Damselfly, when I see a lovely big dragonfly buzzing across the garden I often hear Niall's voice in my head as he spoke into the CB, "Dragonfly calling Damselfly."
If you'd like to help with monitoring these lovely insects sign up to one of these surveys.
The British Dragonfly Society follows the fortunes of Britain’s dragonflies and damselflies using information collected by volunteers. Our current surveys include: The DragonflyWatch Monitoring Scheme · The Migrant Dragonfly Project · Willow Emerald Watch · Complete Lists & Adopt a Site. For these and more click here.
And if your ID skills are a little rusty there's now an iRecord Dragonflies app which helps you to identify the dragonflies and damselflies that you find and lets you record your sightings to support their study and conservation. Get the app here.

13 July 2017

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:
Apprentice - Environmental Conservation, Don Catchment Rivers Trust (Doncaster, 15 months starting October 2017)
Living Landscape Project Officer - Back from the Brink, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (South Yorkshire, fixed contract to 31 March 2021)
Senior Land / Environmental Management Consultant, ADAS (Oxfordshire)
Branch Manager, CPRE Buckinghamshire (Monks Risborough)
Director Wales, BASC (Rossett, Wrexham)
Site Supervisor, Thomson Habitats (Guildford)
Grazing Officer, The Conservators of Ashdown Forest (East Sussex)
Conservation and Project Officer, Greensand Country Landscape Partnership (Malden Wood, Haynes West End, Beds, contracted to December 2020)
Senior Engagement Officer, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust (Worcester)
Aquatic Engineer / Trainee Site Manager, Amenity Water Management Ltd (Guildford)
Countryside Worker, The Conservators of Ashdown Forest (East Sussex)
Trainee Countryside Education Officer, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust (Devon, 9 - 12 months)
Trainee Countryside Engagement Officer, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust (Devon, 9 - 12 months)
Trainee Country Park Gardener, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust (Devon, 9 - 12 months)
Rural Business Officer, Terra Firma Environmental Ltd (Haslingden, Lancashire)
Countryside & Conservation Project Supervisor, Terra Firma Environmental Ltd (Lancashire but work across UK)
Countryside & Conservation Estate Worker, Terra Firma Environmental Ltd (Haslingden, Lancashire but work across UK)
Pennine PeatLIFE Project Officer x 2, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (Skipton, North Yorkshire)
Ecologist, Sefton Council (Bootle, 24 month fixed appointment)
Site Manager, Woodland Trust (Northern England)
Arboricultural Surveyor, Cheshire Woodlands (Macclesfield)
Project Manager, Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) (Shotts, N Lanarkshire)
Peatland Restoration Officer x 4, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (Yorkshire)
Facilitator - Mendip Hills, Somerset Wildlife Trust (Cheddar, contract to October 2021)
Finding Rare Species in the Malverns - Project Officer, Worcestershire Biological Records Centre (Worcester, fixed contract to September 2019)
Graduate & Senior Surveyor, Davidson & Robertson (Edinburgh)

CJS Notices
The fourth article from our Featured Charity: Plantlife encourages people to join the Great British Wildflower Hunt.
Do you love wild flowers? Would you like to know more about them? And help save them for the future? Then check out the Great British Wildflower Hunt, says Plantlife’s Jane Gazzard
Read the article here

CJS Focus on Volunteering is coming up in September.
We know that holidays are just around the corner (going anywhere nice?) so before you get too busy with children's events and guided walks or head off to sunnier climes we'd like to let you know that the next edition of CJS Focus will be looking at Volunteering once again, this time in association with Groundwork. The deadline for advertising is 8 September but we're accepting adverts now.
More information here.  and submit your adverts here (free options available, of course!)

Details of additions to Surveys and Fieldwork section, 12 new listings this month
Surveys and Citizen Science: . Click here to see additions made during June.

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in September  11 pages
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here

Print length this edition: 56
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. and now with navigation at the top of the edition.

The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 10 August
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 7 August
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

03 July 2017

CJS Vacancies advertised in June



Use the links to see each sector online.

27
all administration and support roles.
30
working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
38
projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer management.
106
Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers.
42
roles covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork such as bat surveys and EIA.
43
interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure activities instructors also higher and further education roles.
27
gardening and plant health vacancies.
47
public relations, promotion including social media, grant applications and administration and fundraising. This section also includes membership promotion and recruitment roles.
5
access and all public rights of way related work.
12
visitor services and management including event management.
31
wildlife projects dealing with one specific species, working with animals such as wildlife hospital workers. also animal handling e.g. zoos and aviculture.



To access all of these adverts you need to subscribe to our Weekly newsletter which also has details of voluntary (46 adverts) and apprenticeship (15 adverts) roles, news for each week, monthly calendars of training and professional events as well as details for forthcoming practical work days and conservation tasks plus lots of other industry relevant information.

    27 June 2017

    Updates to our FAQs and important information about data security

    We've reviewed and updated our FAQs and in light of recent high profile data breaches added information about our data security policies and protocol.  You can click through and read the FAQs in full here.
    The new important sections are here:


    Does CJS have a Privacy Policy?
    Yes: we will not give, exchange, buy or sell your details to any unauthorised party. (See also: Is your database properly registered and our T&Cs)?

    Is your database properly registered?
    Yes. Data Protection Act Registration Number: Z9570707. Names, addresses, etc*. are held on our computer. Your Credit / Debit card details are NOT held on any of our computers, the web payments are taken by PayPal and WorldPay, please see their T&C. We have an up to date PCI DSS certificate (the Credit Card Industry security standard, read about it here and download our certificate here.)
    We will NOT give, exchange, buy or sell your details to any unauthorised party.  Where we have your details on paper and once these are no longer needed we then burn (in the winter when the stove is lit) or shred the paper before it's used as bedding for our various animals and then composted for use on the garden.  That's pretty secure.
    *In March this year we blogged about the data we hold about you, what and why, read that post here.

    What about data security?
    In addition to the registration above CJS has an in-house data security and recovery policy. We operate an automatic overnight backup of all data and a weekly rolling backup of the main data (including all databases). The weekly rolling backup is stored on air-gapped hardware meaning it is not connected to the office network or the internet and thus is secure from hacking.  Should the worst happen the most we would lose is one week of data - and there are paper copies of most things plus emails are stored off site in the cloud so it would be a large but not impossible task to put it all back.

    23 June 2017

    It's Bring your dog to work day



    We can't let that go past without comment, even if that comment is woof, woof, bark! The dogs are an integral part of the CJS Team meaning that every day is take your dog to work day here. When we wrote our Meet The Team page they got an honourable mention. "And not forgetting the office dogs! Kerryn's labradors are an integral part of the Team providing light relief and occasional stress busting services! (you really, really need my very stinky soft toy!!, I'm desperate to go out and I think you need some fresh air too...)"

    There is a sound reason behind all this frippery as hinted at in their 'introduction'.
    "Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets. Since 2014, the year we established Bring Your Dog To Work Day, we have witnessed a growing number of businesses across the UK that allow dogs in the workplace.
    So in addition to raising funds (for two doggie charities), Bring Your Dog To Work Day is likely to boost the productivity and happiness of the employees within your company. And it means hundreds if not thousands of pets around the UK can now go to work alongside their humans!" From the Bring Your Dog To Work Day website here.
    And for many countryside workers out of the office, on their own all day the dog in the van is their constant companion and often an ice-breaker with visitors or when meeting a potentially 'difficult client'.

    13 June 2017

    Challenge yourself to do something wild during the Great Outdoor Month.



    A truly American idea, the State and National Parks of this country represent our natural heritage. This June, celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by getting outside during Great Outdoors Month®.  Once you come outside, you’ll never want to go back inside.  Find out more.

    It may be a "truly American idea" but that's no reason why we can't adopt it on "this side of the pond".  In fact the Wildlife Trusts have taken it to heart with their 30 days wild challenge
    Make room for nature this June - no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. You’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track your progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

    The CJS Ed took part for the last couple of years, you can read about it here.  This year the torch has been passed to CJS Team Member Katie and her children. She says: "We have collected flowers and plants with colours from the rainbow. Followed a dragonfly to see where it went. Hunted for mushrooms. Looked in the pond for frogs (although we only managed to see a frog’s leg!). Watched a bee collect pollen from a flower and walked round the garden smelling all the different flowers. This week we are planning to go the seaside and also go to Bempton Cliffs to spot some puffins."

    08 June 2017

    CJS Professional: June 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 Advisor, Avon Wildlife Trust (Bristol)
    Assistant Instructor, Sayers Croft Outdoor Learning Centre (Surrey, Residential apprentice post for one year)
    Youth Engagement Volunteers, New Forest National Park (voluntary roles 26/6 - 4/8/17)
    Heritage Buildings Traineeship, Chiltern Open Air Museum (Chalfont St Giles, Bucks. 18 month Training Placement)
    New Forest Apprentice Ranger, New Forest National Park (13 month apprenticeship from October)
    2 x Senior Project Officers - Building Better Opportunities Project, Cumbria, TCV (2 year posts, Carlisle & Eden District)
    Reserves Officer, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
    Community Development Officer - Green Spaces, Basingstoke and Deane
    City to Coast Living Landscape Manager, Northumberland Wildlife Trust
    Blue House Farm Warden, Essex Wildlife Trust
    Estate Worker Wokingham Borough Council Countryside Service
    Woodland & Countryside Manager, Glendale (based Marlborough)
    Fruit Tree Expert, Eaton Estate (Chester)
    Conservation Farming Traineeship, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (12 month placement from mid-July in South Wiltshire)
    Tree and Landscape Officer, Braintree District Council

    CJS Notices
    CJS Focus on Fundraising and Promotion in association with Environmental Funders Network.
    18 pages in total, the lead is provided by the Environmental Funders Network and comes from Hugh Raven, Chair of EFN but also a Trustee of a grant giving foundation. He knows what he’s looking for in a grant application. Richard Witt discusses the preparation needed to succeed with a fundraising ask. We have two job profiles: one from a Visitor Experience Assistant with the National Trust and one from a Consumer PR Executive who works for RSPB, find out what they get up to in their working day. An interview with the Co-founder of Crowdfunder, Dawn Bebe gives some very useful insight in to using this type of platform to raise money. After Nesta’s Rethinking Parks project, they have some tips for successful parks innovation. Groundwork describes how important their Ambassadors are to promoting the organisation within communities. Finally we can’t manage without social media in today’s word of promotion, find out from Jim Hardcastle how best to utilise the tools available.
    Read it online here or download a PDF copy.

    Advance Notice for CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with RSPB
    We know that holidays are just around the corner (going anywhere nice?) so before you get too busy with children's events and guided walks or head off to sunnier climes we'd like to let you know that the next edition of CJS Focus will be looking at Volunteering once again, this time in association with RSPB. The deadline for advertising is 8 September but we're accepting adverts now. More Information, andsubmit your adverts (free options available) here.


    Surveys and Citizen Science: . Click here to see additions made during May.
    Details of additions to Surveys and Fieldwork section, 18 new listings this month


    Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

    Training Calendar Click here to read
    Short Courses and Events in August  14 pages
    Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here

    Print length this edition: 106
    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. and now with navigation at the top of the edition.

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