22 August 2017

A day out.

We take our annual holiday tomorrow (Wednesday 23 August) to go to the Egton Show the local agricultural show.  Forecast is looking pretty wet and it has been raining quite a lot over the last few weeks so we're expecting it to be a bit muddy.
We'll think about you as we wander round eating our bacon butties and ice cream, gazing at goats 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.

19 August 2017

It's World Photography Day



Inspiring Positive Impact Through Photography
At World Photo Day, we believe in the power of photography to inspire positive impact in our communities. By bringing together millions of photographers around the world, we’re connecting people in a global celebration that invests back into our local and global communities.
Want to improve your photography skills? Then have a look at the photography courses specifically for countryside professionals listed on the Training Directory here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/short-courses/photo
For inspiration have a look at the British Wildlife Photography Awards, this year's competition is now closed and the winners will be announced soon but previous winners are available to view.  These wonderful images may give you an idea or prompt you to pick up your camera capturing a potentially winning shot for you to enter next year (competition opens in February).   www.bwpawards.org

16 August 2017

Thank you for completing our survey - this is what you did!





Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our short survey earlier this year.  We've now sponsored some trees with the Woodland Trust and provided a home or two for dormice with PTES.
Watch out for our big reader survey coming this autumn with chances to win lots of goodies and by taking part we'll sponsor / adopt more good things.

10 August 2017

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:
Policy Officer, Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership based Horncastle (12 month contract)
Ecologist/Senior Ecologist, Derbyshire, Peak Ecology
Biodiversity Internship, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles based Robin Park Headquarters but work flexibly across Wigan borough (fixed term to 31/3/18)
Assistant Partnership Officer, North West Kent Countryside Partnership (1yr, 29.3hpw)
Estate Ranger, Leeds Castle (Kent)
Senior Ecological Consultant, ADAS (Kent)
Mendip Hills Countryside Stewardship Facilitator, Somerset Wildlife Trust based Cheddar (4yrs, 3dpw)
Estate Manager, Islay Estates Company
Landscape Adviser, Cairngorms National Park Authority, National Park Headquarters, Grantown on Spey (22.5 hours per week Job Share)
Senior Land / Environmental Management Consultant, ADAS (Oxford)
Head of Operations, Nene Park Trust Peterborough

CJS Notices
CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with RSPB
Time to send us your adverts for Volunteers
Have you found yourself short of a few helping hands this summer?  Do need an assistant at the teddy bear's picnic or someone to check the cattle on the furthest edge of the reserve?  Or maybe just someone to pop in and count the donations in the charity boxes?
The next edition of CJS Focus will be looking at Volunteering once again, this time in association with RSPB. Articles from: A Focus on Nature, Canal & River Trust, Countryside Management Association, East Ayrshire Leisure, Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, Woodland Trust, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.  The deadline for advertising is 9 September. 
More Information, and submit your adverts (free options available) here.

Details of additions to Surveys and Fieldwork section, 5 new listings this month
Surveys and Citizen Science: . Click here to see additions made during May.


Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in October  19 pages
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here

Print length this edition: 85
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: 14 September
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 11 September
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

31 July 2017

CJS Vacancies advertised in July

Use the links to see each sector online.

Administration, support and IT 15 all administration and support roles.
Arboriculture 31 working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
Community and Volunteers 25 projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer management.
Countryside 83 Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers.
Ecology 34 roles covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork such as bat surveys and EIA.
Environmental and outdoor education 41 interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure activities instructors also higher and further education roles.
Horticulture 26 gardening and plant health vacancies.
Fundraising and Publicity 17 public relations, promotion including social media, grant applications and administration and fundraising. This section also includes membership promotion and recruitment roles.
Rights of Way 2 access and all public rights of way related work.
Visitor Management 11 visitor services and management including event management.
Wildlife work and animal care 20 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 (33 adverts) and apprenticeship (10 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.

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.