08 December 2016

CJS Professional: December 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.



Happy Christmas from CJS, this edition includes the vital deadlines and office hours for the festive period.
Download your CJS Calendar here.


Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Exploring Gilfach Project Officer, Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ Landscape Partnership Development Manager, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Events and Education Assistants (part-time), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (One post each at Robinswood Hill, Gloucester and Greystones Farm nature reserve,  Bourton on the Water.)
Ecologist, Neo Environmental (Belfast)
Experienced Estate Worker, BH Sporting Ltd (Highland Estate)
Senior Reserves Manager - South, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Senior Ecologists,  FPCR - an independent multidisciplinary consultancy (near Derby and Dorking, Surrey)
Streatham Common Local Nature Reserve Projects and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Streatham Common Co-operative -SCCoop
Biodiversity Network Officer, The Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire (Bedford)

CJS Notices
Welcome to CJS's new Featured Charity: Plantlife. We will be supporting and promoting Plantlife over the coming year.
Read the first article from them, The meadow maker, all about the role of yellow rattle.
Creating your own wildflower meadow? Spread a little bit of magic with yellow rattle, nature’s own lawnmower, says Plantlife’s botanical specialist, Dr Trevor Dines

CJS Focus on Overcoming Barriers in full with PDF download option.
The lead article from Natural England (on behalf of the Outdoor Recreation Network) discusses nature based interventions for mental health and wellbeing. Access to nature for dementia sufferers has been studied by Alison Irving who is now carrying out a 3 year project with RSPB. The Sensory Trust describes some ways of engaging the senses outdoors and Heritage Insider suggests that improving accessibility can benefit all visitors. Black Environment Network gives us some ideas of how countryside sites can encourage the BAME community to get outdoors; Natural Resources Wales profile their highly successful Come Outside! model. Surrey Choices works with volunteers with learning disabilities to manage public spaces. The barriers encountered by disabled people when trying to access to the countryside from Phil Chambers & the pony driven transport from Pony Axe S helping people in wheelchairs to access country paths. ’Active Cairngorms’ campaign from Cairngorms NPA is increasing participation in outdoor activities.

CJS Focus on Volunteering, in association with Keep Britain Tidy
Before you sink into a food coma brought on by too many mince pies or collapse in a heap from the mad panic of buying everything in sight - otherwise known as the Chaotic Christmas Syndrome - get one job out of the way and send your adverts for next season's volunteer cohort for inclusion in CJS Focus. This edition will be published on 13 February with a deadline of 3 February 2017 but we're accepting adverts now. More information can be found here
Advance Notice, other subjects to be covered in 2017 are: Fundraising and Promotion, and Arboriculture and Forestry.

Surveys and Citizen Science: We asked if you'd like details of recently updated surveys, bioblitzes and citizen science to be included in CJS Professional, and you said yes! So for the first time under the Training heading you'll find information on listings added or updated during the past month. Click here to see additions made during November.

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in February.  3 pages
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here.  Also look at the new options for greater promotion and revised rates.

Grants and Funding Click here
8 new funding sources listed

Print length this edition: 104
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 December
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 5 December
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

14 November 2016

Now published: CJS Focus on Overcoming Barriers in association with the Outdoor Recreation Network

24 pages in total, Natural England provide an article on behalf of the Outdoor Recreation Network on nature-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing. Referencing a number of studies the piece talks about green prescriptions and the increasing number of initiatives aimed at getting people outside. BAME communities often lack the tools needed to access and enjoy the outdoors, Judy Ling Wong, President of the Black Environment Network (BEN) describes some of the barriers and also some of the ways in which countryside managers can work with these communities to enable access. The Come Outside! model developed by Natural Resources Wales to overcome multiple barriers to outdoor recreation proved highly successful; Juliet Michael, the Programme Manager, talks about the development of the model and how it worked to overcome the barriers faced by disadvantaged communities in Wales. Surrey Choices works with people with learning difficulties to maintain the countryside and public spaces in Surrey; find out what the group does and how this involvement with outdoor activity is beneficial to the participants. Alison Irving, currently a PhD student at Stirling University carried out a pilot study to explore the reason why people with dementia were not accessing the natural environment. This article talks about her study and how she is now involved with RSPB in the creation of a new dementia friendly reserve in Scotland. The Sensory Trust details some of the different ways in which a site can build opportunities for sensory engagement and why this type of experience is so important. Phil Chambers runs through some of the barriers to accessing the countryside for disabled people and makes some suggestions for countryside managers to improve their offer to wheelchair bound visitors. One way of improving access is by using the Pony Axe S pony driven vehicle to transport you and your wheelchair. Simon Mulholland describes how and why he developed this mode of travel. Heritage Insider believes that thinking about access & threading it through everything aspect of a site can make the visitor experience better for many visitors. Find out what they suggest. Last but not least… Cairngorms National Park Authority aims to make theirs a ‘Park for All’, read about their campaign to encourage people to get outside in the park and get active. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus

10 November 2016

CJS Professional: November 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:
Clifton Beck Community Project Officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Recruitment adverts elsewhere with CJS:
Volunteers: 22 adverts for voluntary posts added this month  see all of these online at: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/vols PLUS 39 adverts for voluntary roles previously advertised in CJS Focus and still available are now in the main volunteer section.
During the past month CJS Weekly has included 269 job adverts, 247 were for paid posts.  To see these you have to subscribe, find out how here.

CJS Notices
CJS Focus: Advance Notice
We know that the Christmas holidays are not that far away (eek!) so before you get too busy with turkey, crackers and parties we'd like to let you know that the next edition of CJS Focus will be looking at Volunteering once again. Due for publication in February 2017. If you have a long running campaign beat the rush and get your adverts across to us now, for both individual placements and more general ones for your conservation tasks, projects and friends of groups.
CJS Focus on Overcoming Barriers is looking pretty amazing! It will be published on Monday (14/11) and will be included in full in the next edition of CJS Professional or if you can't wait (and why would you want to?) make a note to check CJS Focus on Monday or sign up to our daily email which will carry full details.
Our final article from our Featured Charity, Bat Conservation Trust is entitled Why bats matter
It's been a year since BCT became our Featured Charity, we've had lots of lovely articles from them, you can read them all here.  We'll be accepting donations for BCT until the end of the year and of course you can always donate direct, become a member, buy some of their lovely merchandise or simply tell the world how wonderful bats are - and here are some of the reasons. Click through to read it.

Other Notices:
Are you involved in conservation management decision? Can you spare 15 minutes?
Betina Winkler, Ilya Maclean and Rob Wilson at the University of Exeter are investigating the factors that influence how conservation management decisions are made. They would be extremely grateful if you would be willing to participate in a short 15 minute online survey:   Survey on Conservation Management Interventions

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read


Report on Countryside Management Association 50th Anniversary Conference
Short Courses and Events in January 2017 plus details of courses run on ad hoc, regular or on demand basis.  5 pages
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here.  Also look at the new options for greater promotion and revised rates.

Grants and Funding Click here
7 new funding sources listed

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.

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

18 October 2016

Don't forget CJS

When you're enquiring about something you've seen with us. Whether it's a job, an event, a volunteer day or following up an article.

We maybe don't say it often enough but please, remember to mention that you saw the advert with CJS.  I know you're excited about the perfect post you've just seen or a little nervous about asking a question however it's really important that you don't forget us.  If you don't say you saw it advertised with CJS the advertiser won't know.

Why are we writing about this now?
We've been running our advertiser satisfaction survey this year and we're finding that across the board the level of responses are lower than in previous surveys but one thing that a few respondents have mentioned is that candidates are not stating where they're seeing the post advertised (that's not just CJS but across the board) and in one instance it was only at interview that it became apparent the applicant had initially seen the post on our twitter stream and contacted the employer as a result.  So even if you're not reading the full advert on our website or in our newsletters please let the advertiser know you first saw the advert with CJS whether that's on Facebook, in the daily email or reading about it in CJS Weekly.  It helps advertisers know where to put their efforts when it comes to advertising (of course we hope that's with CJS) and for the smaller charities perhaps save some of their hard-won funds for something more important.  This year it's maybe even more important so that we can get the feedback from advertisers and then when we receive an advert that we know is not going to receive a good response from CJS readers we can let them know or refuse to take the advert - that's right we turn down work when we know it's not right for you, our readers - no, the advertising agencies don't believe it either!

However, having said that, advertisers are happy with CJS.


Advertisers survey responses so far this year:

  • 97.5% of advertisers would recommend CJS.
  • 70% of advertisers think the standard of applicant from CJS is better than from adverts placed elsewhere.
  • 75.8% say the response rate is as good or better than from other adverts and 48.5% say it's better.

If you're the position of needing to fill a vacancy don't forget to ask your HR Team to place your recruitment advertising with CJS to get the very best candidates!

If you are applying for a job or advertising one:  Please remember CJS.
 
 



13 October 2016

CJS Professional: November 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:
Full-time Forester, Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership (Northumberland)
Director, Caring for God's Acre
Peatland Monitoring Officer, fixed term to 31/3/18, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

CJS Notices
CJS Focus on Volunteering is included in full this edition in association with Groundwork.
The next edition will be: CJS Focus on Overcoming Barriers and is in association with the Outdoor Recreation network
We're looking at things that prevent people from gaining access to the countryside whether that's a physical reason (disability), a lack of knowledge & understanding or a cultural barrier.

What advertisers think of Countryside Jobs Service
Advertisers survey responses so far this year:
97.5% of advertisers would recommend CJS.
70% of advertisers think the standard of applicant from CJS is better than from adverts placed elsewhere.
75.8% say the response rate is as good or better than from other adverts and 48.5% say it's better.
So don't forget to ask your HR Team to place your vacancies with CJS to get the very best candidates!

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in December.  3 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.

Classified and, Grants and Funding Click here
5 new funding sources listed and information on the Woodland Trust's free new toolkit.


Print length this edition: 111
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: 10 November
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 7 November
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

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.