11 February 2016

CJS Professional: February 2016

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:
Woodland Officer, United Utilities (Rivington Site in Bolton)
Vocational Work Based Environmental Conservation Tutor (Immediate Start), Slic Training (To be based in the London/South East Region)
Development Officer, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB (Denbighshire)
Ecology Consultant, ADAS (Oxford)
Administrative Assistant / Team Member, Countryside Jobs Service (yes, us!) Goathland, N Yorks
Senior / Principal Ecologist, Hankinson Duckett Associates (Thames Valley)
Countryside Nursery Business Manager, Overbury Grasshoppers (Gloucestershire)
Principal Ecology Consultant, ADAS (Oxford)
Field Ecologists, Aspect Ecology (central and south east England)
Regional Officer Central, The British Association for Shooting & Conservation (based in East Anglia)
Ecology Position, Aspect Ecology (Oxfordshire based)
Ecologist, Hankinson Duckett Associates (Thames Valley)
Grounds Manager Horndean Parish Council (Hampshire)
Finance and Administration Assistant and Programme Coordinator, Falkland Stewardship Trust (Falkland, Fife)
Lower Woods Reserve Assistant, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Country Officer Scotland, The British Association for Shooting & Conservation (Trochry, Dunkeld)
Project Coordinator (MEC), Project Officer (MEC) & Project Officer (TVWT), Middlesbrough Environment City and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

CJS Notices
Small but monumental change for CJS. Since the very first edition in 1994 the deadline for placing adverts into CJS Weekly has been 12 noon on Friday for publication the same day. From the 4 March edition we're changing the deadline advertising for CJS Weekly; the new deadline will be at 5pm on Thursday for publication the next day. of 100,000.

Featured Charity
National Bat Monitoring Programme - a volunteer based project, exclusive article for CJS by Bat Conservation Trust

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in April. 6 page calendar in total

Classified Advertising Click here
Services of use to countryside and request to take part in a survey for Tidy Wales Campaign

Grants and funding: Click here for details
Thirteen new funding suppliers listed this month.

01 February 2016

A small but monumental change!

Since the very first edition in 1994 the deadline for placing adverts into CJS Weekly has been 12 noon on Friday for publication the same day.
From the 4 March edition we're changing this; the new deadline will be at 5pm on Thursday for publication the next day.

So why the change?
When we started publishing CJS Weekly the newsletter was around 8 pages long, we thought page numbers counted in the early teens was a HUGE edition. However, the sector grew, we covered more, we added information about training, more volunteers, work days, basic news and now a full news round from the week.  All of which adds up to a much bigger edition, by 2007 we were averaging 12 pages per edition and last year it had reached an average of 20 pages.  All of which means it takes longer to put together after the deadline for adverts and we need more time to do so than a 12 noon deadline permits.

Fraught Fridays
We've been finding Friday afternoons ever more pressured as we try to put together a full print edition in a couple of hours, convert it into a digital format complete with links to online adverts, adding hyperlinks to advert email and website addresses, post it online and emailed out all as well - and carry on with the usual day to day CJS business.

So why didn't we do this before?
Because we're idiots! It simply never occurred to us - until now.

To make Friday's even less fraught.

We're also bringing forward the last online posting time on Fridays, from 4pm to 3pm; all other weekdays will keep a final posting time of 4pm.

Four weeks notice.
We're giving everyone four weeks notice of the change which will take effect for the edition published on 4 March.   

18 January 2016

Good news and great excitement

Good news first:
We're delighted to say that once again we've been able to advertising rates the same as last year, a standard advert* online is just £112 and £125 in CJS Weekly.  A great range of discounts are available for multiple bookings and for advertising voluntary or apprentice type posts and of course there's still free advertising in CJS Weekly, in the online volunteers section and the Training Directory.

Now for the excitement:
We've published our first CJS Weekly edition complete with embedded video!  Obviously it only works for the digital readers, print editions have a dedicated link instead.  However, it's also online and you can see it here (scroll down)

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words so what's one video worth? Incalculable.  But we do know it will only cost you £40 or if like this one it's for a voluntary / trainee role just £20



*300 words linage plus one logo

14 January 2016

CJS Professional: January edition - it's a corker!

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:
Lecturer in Countryside Management,  SRUC (Riverside Campus, Ayr)
Head of Ranger Services, Broads Authority
Ranger - Permanent, Broads Authority
Ranger - Summer Seasonal, Broads Authority
Broads Control Operator, Broads Authority
16 Seasonal Ranger, National Trust for Scotland (various locations)
2 x Environmental Youth Project Leader, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Principal Ecological Consultant, Opus (Midlands)
Woodland Site Manager, Woodland Trust (Home-based, South East England covering Surrey and West Kent)
Regional Officer South East, BASC (based west of region covering Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Surrey)
Avon Gorge & Downs Seasonal Education Officer (30hpw), Based at Bristol Zoo Gardens
The Butterfly Files Project Officer, Butterfly Conservation (home based, Northern Ireland)
Stories in Stone 4 year project: Project Officer, Ingleborough for All Officer(17.5hpw), Schools Out Officer (17.5hpw), Discover Ingleborough Officer (21hpw) Administration Officer (28hpw), Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
Assistant Ecologist (6 month fixed-term), Babec Ecological Consultants (West Sussex)
Field Surveyors, Babec Ecological Consultants (West Sussex and Hertfordshire)
Arboricultural Consultant, Treework Environmental Practice (covering: East Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.)
Bright Water Landscape Partnership Development Manager (fixed term 18 month contract), Employed by Durham Wildlife Trust on behalf of the wider partnership (Based at Durham Wildlife Trust’s Head Office)
Estate Secretary / Book Keeper, Lee and Carnwath Estates (South Lanarkshire)
Ecological Consultant, Ecosulis (Bath)
Seasonal Ranger (Fixed Term- End March- End September), Hopetoun House (South Queensferry)
Field Worker, Ecosulis (Crawley, West Sussex)
Seasonal Recreation Ranger (March to October 2016),  Forestry Commission (Coleford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire)
Arboricultural Consultant, Cheshire Woodlands (covering north-west and north midlands of England)
Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) and Field Surveyors,  Ecology Solutions (Kent and Hertfordshire)
Gravedigger / Woodland Warden, GreenAcres Group (GreenAcres Chiltern Woodland Burials, HP9 2XB)
Conservation Farmer - Appleton Mill and Low Carr, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Living Landscape Manager - North, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Other adverts:
Free one week course on Canary Islands, run by Operation New World

CJS Notices
CJS Focus on Volunteering, This edition in association with TCV.
As usual free advertising is available both for specific placements and roles in the standard free linage style and also 50 words text adverts to promote your project, work days, friends of groups etc.
Click through for more information. http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Focus/Information.htm
The Focus will be published online on Monday 15 February, be included with CJS Weekly on Friday 12 February and appear in full in the March edition of CJS Professional reaching an estimated total audience of 100,000.

Featured Charity
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) has launched its first crowdfunding campaign which aims to publish the new edition of the Bat Care Guidelines.

Top headlines from the past month and over the Christmas break: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in March 2016. 5 page calendar in total

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

11 January 2016

The first CJS Weekly of 2016

Was published on Friday, as is usual for the first of the year it's a large edition running to 28 pages incorporating the news from over the Christmas break as well as this past week.  However, the bulk of this edition is job adverts so if you're sitting at your desk fed up of spreadsheets and want to do something outside (in this weather are you mad? - but who are we to disagree?) Perhaps you've read the news and think you'd like to manage the land to assist in prevention of future floods. Or maybe you have got an urge to help wildlife; whichever field appeals if you've not seen a copy of the Weekly newsletter then you've missed out on 78 adverts for jobs.

To help you on the way to your new dream job we're offering readers a 25% discount on new digital (online access or email) subscriptions*. Each week you'll see all the job adverts, the volunteer placements, information about professional training and events and be able to keep to date with industry news all in one handy package for just 56p a week (including the discount). Remember CJS has a no quibble guarantee meaning that you're not locking yourself into a long contract; if for any reason you don't need or want to keep receiving even after only one edition just tell us and we'll refund the rest of your subscription.

So what are you waiting for?
Sign up here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Shop/ShopFront.htm and quote HNY2016 to get your discount*.

Or find out more about CJS Weekly here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/cjsweekly/Information.htm

*NB Only valid on new online and email subscriptions. Minimum subscription of £5

08 January 2016

New Year's Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is often a time to make a new start, take stock of where you are and think about where you'd like to be this time next year, in five years time.  Classic resolutions are to give up something, to start something new, to get outside more, to get fit, to lose weight.
Why not combine the last three into one and join a Green Gym, TCV run Green Gyms in many locations, find your nearest one here
Perhaps just the word gym makes you break out in a cold sweat! in which case you may like to consider volunteering either on a regular basis or as a one off by joining one of the many work parties run by conservation groups across the country, find regular volunteering opportunities here and look for a work group to join here.

AW is in the giving up camp, taking part in Dry January.  I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, however, this year I have and it's an unusual one. I'm not feeding the birds this year - now before you throw your hands up in horror here are my reasons.
Last year I threw away more rotten bird seed than than our feathered friends ever ate so I stopped filling the feeders and watched what happened. The results are surprising, our garden is no longer heaving with finches, blackbirds and wood pigeon, they've not disappeared completely just not as many.  Initially that decrease seems a bad thing but when you look at what's changed it paints a very different picture. In the last few weeks we've seen wrens, house and tree sparrows, gold crests, long-tailed tits, nuthatch, willow tits, redwing (yes, really, in the garden), bullfinches, collared dove, warblers (I'm no good on IDing the little brown and green jobs!) starlings, robins the list goes on. I don't think the total number of individuals visiting the garden has significantly changed but the variety and range of species has increased and they're being seen regularly not just a brief dart. Which makes me wonder if the big flocks of finches were actually keeping the other species away, the chaffinches take up residence on the feeder perches and the goldfinch squabbles are noisy clashes which look quite violent to an outsider.  Another consequence is that we don't have grey squirrels visiting the garden any more - no easy feeders to rob - but we do have lots of nesting sites so perhaps there may be an extra hidden benefit, only time will tell.

Last September BTO research showed that supplementary feeding was affecting the migration of blackcaps allowing them to expand their ranges, this research was the first time that garden bird feeding has been shown to affect large-scale bird distributions. Read the research here.

I'm not giving up completely, when (if) the weather turns I'll make sure there's food and water available and as long as it's being eaten and not mouldering we'll keep on - for a while but for now we're not a regular feeding station.

06 January 2016

Happy New Year

The CJS office is open again after our Christmas holidays.

We're working through an Everest of emails and have already started posting jobs onto the website, tweets, feeds and Facebook updates should be trickling through.  We've collated a round up of the news from over the break which has also been published this morning and we'll start sending some tweets on @CountrysideNews later on.  The first daily email of the year will be dispatched this evening and it's sure to be a big one so if you're not already receiving now is the time to sign up (here).
Updates on training and events will start next week but there's plenty already listed so have a look here to find a course that matches your CPD needs or a longer term one if you're thinking of changing career.

If your vacancy, news, course, events are not already listed with CJS, start here to find out how to get the information to us, we can advertise virtually anything that is countryside linked, conservation related etc free of charge (although not everything goes on the website!).


18 December 2015

There's a new year coming

Did you know?
Just in case you were not aware of this every publication has a free calendar for you.  I think we could paper the office with calendars, year planners and wall charts! Some are useful, others not so much, some are far too big and others just big enough.  The little desk calendar from WWF is now being used to keep tabs on scheduled blogs, emails, advert checks and similar things, TB has taken the NFU wall planner, the Naked Strewth that fell out of The Field has found an excellent home on Mr W's shed wall and I found an wonderful recipe for strawberry sponge in the free-from heaven magazine (alright that's a cheat because it's not an office one but still....) it looks very tasty - have to wait until strawberry season to test it though.

However, the one calendar that's above everyone's desk is the CJS one because all our dates and info is there on one page. A full 366 days on one sheet of A4.
If you've not been overwhelmed with chronology carrying papers and have room for one more (incredibly useful) almanac you can download the CJS version here.
Complete with pretty pen and ink pictures.

Today we have published the last CJS Weekly of 2015 and it's another big edition coming in 24 pages containing 82 adverts, bringing the annual total of recruitment adverts placed (not including those which are re-advertised) to an impressive 3417!

Over the years we've published hundreds of thousands of adverts, we've seen them change from arriving by post, to fax, to email but this week was another first, we had an advert submitted as an image in a tweet! If you want to do the same it's @CountrysideJobs .

Finally a reminder that Monday is the last day the office is open this year.

14 December 2015

Friday was not a fun-day.

Just before lunch on Friday the world went dark.
And very, very quiet as all the machinery became silent.

Five minutes later and still in the dark time to find out what's going on. The old analogue phone is retrieved from the cupboard and plugged in (the mobile phone mast shuts down when the power does), the village phone book has the power company emergency contact number who tell us that it's a wide spread area fault and we'll be without power until 1.30.  Oh, well it's lunch time so a slightly longer than usual lunch hour and we'll be fine.
Our battery backups allow a quick tweet.

After lunch sitting by the wood stove and we're thinking about breaking out the board games, 1.30 comes and goes and still no power so we phone again - the company is totally nonplussed that they can't text us updates and we can't check their twitter feed but are actually very good and promise to phone us back on a landline with updates which they do, re-connection will now be at 2pm. We decide to use our time profitably and settle down to old fashioned proper paper work. Two o'clock and the lights spring back on ..... and go off again, on, then finally off.  Another phone call to the power network office, again they'll phone us back and just before half past two they do, 361 properties (Goathland and surrounding farms) are affected by a major network fault which translates as no power until 7pm - argh. And it's a Friday.
no power tweets
Our backup systems will run basic equipment but not enough or long enough to put together a Weekly edition.  However, the village down the hill where sub-ed TB lives has power so we pack up laptops, pick up paperwork, flash drives, our office network storage box and decamp to take over her house and set up shop on the dining table.
CJS Emergency office
We manage to get most things done, few people notice (phew), just after five a phone call tells us the power is back - hooray.  Time to finish up what we're doing and head back up the hill to print and dispatch the newsletter.  It was a very late night.

All of which means we can still say "CJS has never missed a deadline"!

10 December 2015

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.

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
River Idle Catchment Partnership Agricultural Advisor, River Idle Catchment Partnership (Nottinghamshire)
Reserves Officer (Lower Aire Valley), Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Chief Executive Officer, National Biodiversity Network Trust (Location: Flexible but with regular travel to Nottingham and London and across the UK)
Senior Ecologist, Elliott Environmental Surveyors (Hexham, Northumberland)
Trainee Surveyors and Proficient Arboricultural Surveyors, Treework Environmental Practice (Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, London, Berkshire and Surrey)
Team Member / Project Assistant, CJS (yes, with us!), Goathland N Yorks
Landscape Partnership Scheme Training Officer, Shropshire Council
Parks Area Manager, Hull Culture & Leisure Management Team.
Community Engagement Officer - Save Our Magnificent Meadows Cotswolds Conservation Board

CJS Notices
Christmas and New Year opening hours and deadlines. Full details here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/CJS_Stuff/Christmas.htm
Christmas Card
2016 Calendar (download your copy here:www.countryside-jobs.com/CJS_Stuff/Cal2016.pdf
Want to work with us? We have a vacancy in the Team, find out more here: www.countryside-jobs.com/Jobs/CJS-Team-member.html

Featured Charity
The second article from Bat Conservation Trust is included in this edition, looking at hibernation and hibernation surveys.
 
This edition includes CJS Focus on Wildlife and Animal Work in full.
20 pages in total, the lead article, a joint RZSS effort includes a piece from the Scottish Beaver Trial’s Roisin Campbell-Palmer on her job and how the re-introduction project has progressed. It also includes a piece from Colin Oulton, Animal Team Leader at Edinburgh Zoo, he describes his career path and zoo conservation work with the Socorro dove. Dr Chris Gleed-Owen from the British Herpetological Society he writes about working and volunteering in amphibian research. Secret World Wildlife Rescue helped by an army of volunteers look after injured, orphaned and abused creatures. We interview a Wildlife Crime Officer from North Yorkshire Police about his job. Bird ringing with the BTO is an essential data gathering exercise, Ruth Walker gives some information about the job of ringing. Jemima Parry-Jones MBE of the International Centre for Birds of Prey lays out some hard facts about a job working with birds of prey. Piers Warren from Wildeye International School of Wildlife Film-making gives lots of information about a career in wildlife filmmaking. And finally Martin Harper has worked for RSPB for 11 years, he talks about his early career and what made him want to work for the benefit of nature.

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in February 2016. 4 page calendar in total

Grants and funding: Click here for details
Several new funding suppliers listed this month.

08 December 2015

IT Gremlins

OK, we knew it was too good to be true!
They have been very quiet for a long time but they're making up for it today...

Our local web host has outgrown their server capabilities and is the process of moving everything from box A to box B  (not really but it might as well be), the website has survived in tact and so far everything is going as is should but the emails are another matter.  At around 7pm on Monday they disappeared, nothing into the inbox after that, we replied to everything as normal this morning and we think it all disappeared into the ether to arrive in the right places but we didn't get any replies.  It was only when I tried to send our Christmas card to advertisers and couldn't connect that we found the problem quick check showed the scale of the problem. A quick phone call to IT who were "fighting fires" as most of their customers had lost email, details were being collected to be passed up the chain to the people with the hardware.  A work round was created and emails were visible again but there were 20,950 messages! No, that's not a typo it really does say twenty thousand, nine hundred and fifty messages, apparently the mail server on our main mail box (but not the others) had been keeping a copy of everything and it was now being recognised as new mail. A heart stopping moment when the inbox was 'purged' with dire warnings of this cannot be stopped or undone and then it seems to be behaving as it should - kinda -ish. No autoresponders and only collecting mail every 20 minutes or so but better than nothing.

We're hoping this is their last fling before they're sent off to help the elves wrapping up all those Christmas presents.


If you've emailed us this week and not heard back from us please contact us again (use our backup email of thecjsteam@googlemail.com).

30 November 2015

Now published: CJS Focus on Wildlife & Animal Work in association with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)

20 pages in total, the lead article, a joint RZSS effort includes a piece from Roisin Campbell-Palmer of the Scottish Beaver Trial, it details how she got involved and how the re-introduction project has progressed in Scotland. It also includes a piece from Colin Oulton, Animal Team Leader at Edinburgh Zoo, he describes his career path and provides information on promising zoo conservation work which will hopefully ensure the survival of the Socorro dove in its native Mexico. Dr Chris Gleed-Owen is the Chair of the British Herpetological Society and he writes about working and volunteering in amphibian research, how to get involved and some suggestions for ways to succeed in a career within research. Wild animals increasingly struggle to thrive in today’s world but wildlife rescue centres like Secret World Wildlife Rescue help as much as they can with an army of volunteer helpers to look after injured, orphaned and abused creatures. We interview a Wildlife Crime Officer from North Yorkshire Police about his job, the crimes he encounters and how he works to help wildlife.  Bird ringing with the BTO is an essential data gathering exercise, Ruth Walker gives some information about the job of ringing and the other tasks carried out to provide more data from monitored birds. Jemima Parry-Jones MBE of the International Centre for Birds of Prey lays out some hard facts about a job working with birds of prey. Lots of people want to be wildlife camera operators, but how difficult is it to get in to? Piers Warren from Wildeye International School of Wildlife Film-making gives lots of information about how you can find out more and some tips to help you on your way. And finally Martin Harper has worked for RSPB for 11 years but how did he land the role of Conservation Director? Martin talks about his early career and what made him want to work for the benefit of nature. Read it here

27 November 2015

Are you excited yet?

We're having a (not quite so) minor freak out!
Today we have posted the first pre-Christmas warning in CJS Weekly



As the notice says only three more issues to go and then the CJS Team get a very well deserved two week break to rest recover and prepare for the onslaught that is the January madness.

All the Christmas details are here.

Now, how many Christmas cards did you say we need (really, that many?!?) and when is the last posting date for new Zealand (relax, AW you've got a few days left, it's 10/12 for air mail).....


20 November 2015

Odd one out....

Can you pick the odd one out?
  • Flying Shepherd
  • Project Officer: Santa
  • Cuckoo Nestbox Officer

Believe it or not all of them have appeared in CJS over the years but the odd one out is, of course, the Cuckoo Nestbox Officer which was Niall's April fool job one year and you'd be surprised how many people wanted more information, obviously anyone thinking a cuckoo needed a nestbox was entirely unsuitable for the post and it remains unfilled. However, the others are genuine, the Flying Shepherd was a Wildlife Trust conservation grazing officer needed to oversee the movement of a flock of rare breed sheep between areas of unimproved grassland managed for its flora and to ensure their care and welfare at all time and did not, as we'd hoped, come with a company helicopter. Groundwork South are advertising for the Project Officer: Santa in today's edition of CJS Weekly, it's a seasonal post at Goblin Coombe working in the woodland grotto - yes as Santa (in conjunction with the project team of elves!). The job description is a work of art see it here we've not enjoyed reading a job in quite a while; however, sub-ed TB struggled to bring it down to a standard linage for the Weekly and by page five she was beginning to mutter "bah humbug, humbug"!