17 January 2018

How about some good news?

Yes, of course.
We're delighted to tell everyone that once again we've kept advertising rates at the same low prices as for the last few years, download the latest rates card here (PDF).  And of course free advertising is available for virtually everything! For jobs in CJS Weekly, for voluntary roles in CJS Weekly and online, for training courses and professional events in the online Training Directory and the monthly calendars in the newsletters.
 

A couple of others you might not know about, if you're running a volunteer taster day send us 50 words and that's free too, email us.  The same goes for grants, bursaries and funding, these are here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/Information/Grants.htm.
 

And for the readers? CJS Professional (the monthly edition) is sent free of charge to offices, sign up here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/Professional/Reminder.htm; the daily email is also totally free, sign up for that here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/jobs/email.htm.
 

But to get everything in one handy package, with more jobs than appear online!, then its CJS Weekly you need and although that's not free (sorry, we wish it could be) it's as low priced as we can make it, less than £1 a week for online access, more information here.

16 January 2018

Appreciate a Dragon today

The dragon is a powerful symbol in mythology all over the world, from Europe to Asia and beyond. Appreciate A Dragon Day (today in case you were wondering) encourages you to explore the cultural significance of the dragon in your society and history!
You don't need to head to Beijing or even Westeros the UK has plenty of our own resident dragons.  Most obviously the red one on the Welsh flag and the hoard that appear at the Millennium Stadium to support the Rugby Team and in local legends you'll find dragons going by many names here in the north east, they are often wyrms or worms the most well known one being the Lambton Worm.  Moving from the fantastic to more down to earth matters all you need do is head to your local pond (if you're lucky enough) to find small amphibious dragons - otherwise known as newts!  Find out more with Froglife and take part in their flagship Dragon Finder project which brings together practical conservation, surveying, data collection and interactive educational activities to help conserve reptiles and amphibians in the UK.
Froglife received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run London Dragon Finder which began in October 2012 and finished in March 2017.  Scottish Dragon Finder  started in January 2014 and will run for four and a half years and River Nene Dragon Finder started in January 2015 and will also run for four and a half years, both funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Follow the links to find out more about Dragon Finder, see what’s going on in your area and find out how you can become a Dragon Finder!
http://www.froglife.org/dragonfinder/

11 January 2018

CJS Professional: January 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.

Send us your volunteer adverts for CJS Focus on Volunteering, deadline 2 February.
Lots of news including from over the Christmas break

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Education Development Officer Bough Beech, Kent Wildlife Trust (part time, fixed contract for 3 years to December 2020)
Meanwood Valley Heritage Ranger, Leeds City Council (22.2 hpw, fixed for 2 years)
Membership Development Officer, RSPB in Newport Wales
Assistant Ecologist / Ecologist / Senior Ecologist, Swift Ecology Ltd in Central England
Project Officer - New Life on the Old West, Cambridgeshire ACRE Location: Ely (full time, initial contract for 12mths, poss 3 yr extension)
Seasonal Avicultural Warden - Internship Opportunity, Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk (Fixed term for summer 2018, April to October)
Retail Manager at Carsington Water Reserve, RSPB
Outdoor & Environmental Education Tutor, Nottinghamshire County Council at Sherwood Forest NNR (0.8 FTE, initially for 2 years)
2 Level 3 Apprentices for the Rusland Horizons Apprenticeship Programme. Location: Haverthwaite (full time, fixed term contract for 18mths)
Visitor Experience & Marketing Manager, RSPB. Location: Denby Dale, Huddersfield (full time, maternity cover, max 12mths)
Rights of Way Officer, Via East Midlands. Location: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire (part time, 18.5hpw)
Regional Director Eastern England, BASC. Ideally based in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex
Learning Assistant, RSPB at Pulborough Brooks Reserve, West Sussex (22.5 hpw, March to October contract)
Landscape Heritage Officer, Beacons of the Past, The Chilterns Conservation Board in Chinnor, Oxon (22.5 hpw, fixed for 3.5 years)
Wales Deer Liaison Officer (DLO), The Deer Initiative based in Wales
Hillforts Projects Manager, The Chilterns Conservation Board in Chinnor, Oxon (37.5 hpw, fixed for 3.5 years)
Senior Site Manager on the Saltholme Reserve, RSPB in Middlesbrough
Countryside Ranger, Hart District Council. Location: Fleet Pond SSSI, N Hampshire (full time, 2 year contract)
Executive Director, The Deer Initiative in Wrexham
Site Operative, RSK ADAS based in Bristol
Community Heritage Officer, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Location: Wensleydale
2 Learning Assistants, at RSPB Pulborough Reserve, West Sussex (18 hpw on 16 wk contracts)
Senior Open Spaces Warden, Ilminster Town Council
Site Supervisor, RSK ADAS. Location: Bristol
Learning Assistant, RSPB Newport, Wales (30 hpw on 4 mth contract)
Operations Manager, RSK ADAS in Bristol

CJS Focus on Volunteering
The next edition is in association with National Trust, due for publication on 12 February. Submissions are now open with a deadline of 2 February.

Details of additions to Surveys and Fieldwork section, 2 new listings this month
Surveys and Citizen Science: . Click here to see additions made during December.

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Short Courses and Events in March. 7 pages
Plus details of recent additions to the Training Directory
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here

Print length this edition: 66
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: 8 February 2018
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 5 February
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

05 January 2018

Happy New Year everyone!



We hope everyone had a good Christmas break and that Father Christmas brought you everything you asked him for (you did write didn't you? Gasp - you didn't? Well, of course you didn't get your heart's desire this year but there's always next year)
The CJS Team is actually delighted to be back in the office* and ready to go….
The inbox is overflowing, the press releases and newsfeeds number in the tens of thousands.  It's all hands on deck.  We'll make our way steadily through the messages and get back to everyone in due course, please bear with us if we're not quite as swift as usual or if you get the answerphone when you phone.  The first jobs have started to go live and updates should start filtering through soon.

*it's been a strange break which included: two funerals, a wedding, visits to A&E, calls to 111 and a possibly written off car!

20 December 2017

Happy Christmas from The CJS Team


The CJS office is now closed until Friday 5 January.
First job adverts will be uploaded on Friday 5th and the first news will be posted on Monday 8th.

The CJS Team with every one a happy and peaceful Christmas and send best wishes for 2018.

18 December 2017

CJS Vacancies advertised in December


Use the links to see each sector online or view all the information here.


Administration, support and IT 9 all administration and support roles.
Arboriculture 12 working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
Community and Volunteers 7 projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer management.
Countryside 51 Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers.
Ecology 22 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 16 interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure activities instructors also higher and further education roles.
Horticulture 7 gardening and plant health vacancies.
Fundraising and Publicity 3 public relations, promotion including social media, grant applications and administration and fundraising. This section also includes membership promotion and recruitment roles.
Rights of Way 4 access and all public rights of way related work.
Visitor Management 5 visitor services and management including event management.
Wildlife work and animal care 5 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 (22 adverts) and apprenticeship (2 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.

14 December 2017

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.



Details of CJS deadlines and publication dates over Christmas and New Year. Here.
Download your copy of the handy CJS Calendar for 2018 (pdf)

Jobs advertised in this Month's edition:
Community Information and Tourism Officer, RSPB Scotland location: Loch Gruinart Reserve, Argyll (Full time - 7 month contract)
Programme Manager, Farming and Wildlife Officer, Heritage and Engagement Officer, Programme Support Officer (part-time 3pw), Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Partnership, Northumberland (5 yr contract)
Warden, Cambridge Past, Present & Future
Environmental Site Manager / Senior Site Manager, Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd, Location: Woodford valley, Wiltshire
Parks Project Officer (2 posts), enable leisure & culture, Location: Battersea Park  (Fixed term contract 18 months, 24hpw)
Assistant Ecologists and Field Team Leaders, Taylor Wildlife Location: sites across Scotland (Team Leaders will start early April and Assistant Ecologists will start between mid-April and the beginning of May.)
Gateway Team Leader - Stirley Community Farm (maternity cover), Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Technical Support Role to PCA Invasive Weed Control Group, Property Care Association Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Community Gardener and Engagement Officer, Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Based at Gosling Sike, Houghton, nr Carlisle. (2 year fixed term, 28hpw)
Urban Ranger, Southway Housing Trust. Location: Didsbury, Manchester
Ecology Team Leader, Sefton Council
NIA Advisory Officers x 2, Devon Wildlife Trust. Location: Cookworthy, North Devon (Permanent roles, with funding secured up to 2020. The roles are full time, but job shares would also be considered)
Ashdown Forest Ranger (North Chase),  The Conservators of Ashdown Forest. Location: North Chase of Ashdown Forest
Game and Gamekeeping Officer, BASC. Location: Head Office, Wrexham
Regional Officer South East England, BASC.  Home based in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire
Animal Carers - couple required. Small private facility. Location: SW Scotland. (Hoping to achieve a start date of April / May 2018.)
Parks Participation and Communications Officer, enable leisure & culture, Location: Battersea Park 
Ecologist / Senior Ecologist, Ecological Survey & Assessment Limited (ECOSA). Location: Ecologist or Senior Ecologist, head office in rural Hampshire.  Senior Ecologist based in the Bristol / Gloucestershire region
Aquatic Ecologist / Senior Aquatic Ecologist,   Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd. Location Head Office, Woodford valley, Wiltshire

Introducing our Featured Charity for 2018: The Vincent Wildlife Trust
CJS Surveys
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our surveys last month.  We've received some really great suggestions and wonderful feedback.  Some small changes have already been made and there are several more major ones in the pipeline including a new look CJS Professional for January.
You don't need to wait for a survey to send us your thoughts, please contact us whenever you have a suggestion, complaint or feedback of any type.
And congratulations to Steve, Briony & David who are now members of Countryside Management Association; James who will receive CJS Weekly for a year and new Plantlife member Joanne.  We hope you enjoy your 'rewards'.

Details of additions to Surveys and Fieldwork section, 2 new listings this month
Surveys and Citizen Science: . Click here to see additions made during November.

CJS Focus on Arboriculture and Forestry in association with The Ancient Tree Forum, in full or download a PDF copy (with adverts, contacts and sources) alternatively click through to read each article:
Lead article: Veteran trees; their importance and management, Ancient Tree Forum
Update on Tree Health, Forest Research
The orchard habitat, PTES
Ash Dieback - the threat to our non-woodland trees, The Tree Council
Managing ancient woodland and how that differs to managing other woodland, Woodland Trust
Forestry education and learning - building your career, Royal Forestry Society
Forestry - a fascinating topic and a hugely rewarding career, Bangor University
Amelia Williams, Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council - a typical day in my life

Top headlines from the past month: Click here to read

Training Calendar Click here to read
Get that graduate level job! - Cost-free ecology course in Canary Islands: one week Feb 2018.
Short Courses and Events in  February.  8 pages
This month's calendar includes details of courses available on an ad hoc or regular basis.
Plus details of recent additions to the Training Directory
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here

Print length this edition: 118
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: 11 January
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 8 January
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

05 December 2017

5 December is International Volunteers Day.

Organised by the UN it's a day to say thanks to our volunteers and recognise all their hard work and the difference it makes.
Find out about this day here.
Here in the UK we have a lively, active community of volunteers, from 'clicktavists' (online activists and petition signers) to full time unpaid workers in all sectors. In the countryside sector our volunteers give hundreds of thousands of hours of unpaid work making the difference between doing only what's absolutely essential to being able to run those schemes that really have a positive impact. Read about some of the amazing things our volunteers have achieved in the CJS In Depth section here. If your volunteers need a boost there are some articles about how to keep a happy crew, how to recruit and what to do to say thank you. Perhaps the day or the stories will make you want to get involved - check out the short and occasional voluntary roles here or for a larger commitment see what's available by clicking here.

04 December 2017

CJS Featured Charity 2018: The Vincent Wildlife Trust



Everyone who works within the countryside sector knows how important our charities are. That's one of the reasons why CJS offers free advertising in CJS Weekly, we'd much rather the charities spent their hard earned money (your generous donations) on actually conserving something than on splashy advertising. You're reading CJS, you don't need to be told how wonderful RSPB or your local Wildlife Trust is to make you want to work for them - you already know. CJS supports charities financially too and we've made it possible for you do so by adding a small donation to your subscription or when you get a job and no longer need your Weekly edition to donate the value of the remainder to our charities. 
Each year CJS choses one Featured Charity giving them the opportunity to highlight their cause and good works to CJS readers.  We try to select one of the smaller, perhaps less well known organisations.

CJS is delighted to welcome our new featured charity and for them to introduce themselves.

The Vincent Wildlife Trust
From the groundbreaking national surveys that documented the catastrophic decline in the otter and water vole populations in the 20th century, to the recent reintroduction of the pine marten to mid Wales, The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) has been at the forefront of mammal conservation in Britain and Ireland for over 40 years. The Trust was founded in 1975 by the late Vincent Weir, a philanthropist, naturalist and visionary. The Trust does not have a membership, but does have a strong ‘Friends of VWT’ supporters group and many loyal and totally indispensable volunteers.

30 November 2017

CJS has a snow day!

It's a little bit white out there....

Looking back to the gate from the main office door

And the snowploughs seems to have forgotten us

Bus stop looking back to Whitby

Bus stop looking towards Pickering
This is the main road through Goathland, and it's snowed a bit more since then.
The brave, dedicated CJS Team tried to get across the moors to the village
Carla got as far as the Goathland Junction on the Whitby-Pickering road before the police turned her back and Katie heading from the other direction as far as the Hole of Horcum from Pickering.  Amy's at home with children as the school is closed so it leaves just little old me keeping the office going and The Pig (wood stove) stoked.

Someone who is enjoying the weather is office pup Flora - it's her first meeting with snow.

What fun!

I love snow!!


20 November 2017

Now published: CJS Focus on Forestry & Arboriculture in association with the Ancient Tree Forum

18 pages in total the lead article from Ancient Tree Forum discusses veteran trees: their importance and management and how best we can conserve them in to the future. Forest Research has provided an update on tree health and informs us of some of the new diseases detected in Britain recently. Orchard decline has been a real problem over the last few decades but thanks to the increase in community orchards, they are having a renaissance. PTES talk about the orchard habitat and how important it is to so many creatures. Tree Council was asked by Defra in 2014 to investigate non-woodland ash numbers and the potential impacts that may occur as a result of the spread of Ash Dieback. Find out some of the facts. Managing ancient woodland and how that differs to managing other woodland, an article from Woodland Trust. Royal Forestry Society describes how education & learning are key to building your career. Dr James Walmsley at Bangor University talks through the differences between working in forestry to working in arboriculture. And we round off nicely with a ‘Day in the Life of’ Amelia Williams, Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council. Read it here

09 November 2017

CJS Professional: November 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:
Woodland Warden, GreenAcres Chiltern (Bucks)
Grazing Officer, The Conservators of Ashdown Forest
Officer (Countryside Access), Oxfordshire County Council
General Workers and Chainsaw Operators, Knighton Countryside Management Ltd (based Piddlehinton, Dorchester)
Pollinating the Peak, Admin and Finance Officer, Bumblebee Conservation Trust (based Chesterfield) 21 hours a week, fixed term until Oct 2020
Pollinating the Peak, Education Officer, Bumblebee Conservation Trust (based Chesterfield with travel to schools across Derbyshire and Peak District) fixed term contract until Oct 2020
Ecological Consultant, RSK ADAS (Cambridgeshire)
Wildfowling Officer, BASC
Ecological Consultant, BWB (Nottingham)
Estate Warden, Horndean Parish Council
Conservation Manager (Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire), The Wildlife Trusts Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire
Senior Projects Officer, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust (Rutland Water Nature Reserve)
Senior Ranger Visitor Services, Hart District Council, Fixed Term 1 year Maternity Cover.
Team Leader/Principal Ecologist, Phlorum Ltd (sites across the country, although the majority of projects associated with this post will be in the south-east of England) 
Assistant Countryside Warden (2 positions), Guildford Borough Council
Estate Woodman, Meldon Park Estate (Morpeth, Northumberland)
ART Project Officer, Aire Rivers Trust (Bradford/Leeds), Funding is available for an 18-month appointment, extension possible
Project Office, River Thame Conservation Trust, initial a two-year fixed term contract extension subject to funding
Graduate / Assistant Ecologist, ERAP (Consultant Ecologists) Ltd (Preston, Lancashire)
County Ecologist, Staffordshire County Council
Landscape Engagement Manager, The Islands and Bays of Barrow and Furness Coastal Team, in association with Art Gene (Cumbria) 2 year fixed term contract

Details of additions to Surveys and Fieldwork section, 66 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
Good Practice Stakeholder Participation courses with Dialogue Matters, still time to book for course starting 5-12/17, 3 more dates in 2018.
Short Courses and Events in January 2018.  8 pages
This month's calendar includes details of courses available on an ad hoc or regular basis.
Plus details of recent additions to the Training Directory
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here

Print length this edition: 83
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 December
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 11 December
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

12 October 2017

CJS Professional: October 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:
Farm Advisor - Perranport,  Cornwall Wildlife Trust. 1 year fixed term 3 dpw
Planning & Environment Manager, Forestry Commission England (North England Forest District, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland)
Estate Worker, Wokingham Borough Council
Grant and Trust Fundraising Manager , Butterfly Conservation
Biodiversity Engagement Project Assistant, Powys County Council (based The Gwalia, Llandrindod Wells)
Project Officer - Woodland Wings, Butterfly Conservation.  Part-time 0.4fte, fixed term contract for three years.
Falkirk Woodland Officer, Central Scotland Green Network. 12 Month, Temporary Post
Regional Manager - East, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Temporary Self Employed Field Surveyor vacancies in London and surrounding area, Acres Woodlands. To start from 17 October, initial 6 weeks work until 1 December and a further 8 week period from mid January, with potential opportunity for follow up work.
Torridge Headwaters Project Officer, Devon Wildlife Trust. Permanent post, with funding secured until June 2020
Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre Manager, Wildlife Trust BCN. Part time
Head of Nature Reserves, Somerset Wildlife Trust (Taunton or Cheddar)

CJS Notices
CJS Focus on Volunteer in association with RSPB. In full and PDF download available
26 pages in total, the lead article is from RSPB; they describe how volunteering can really bring clarity to & boost your career. Sometimes it seems like you’re not getting anywhere but A Focus On Nature urge you not to turn your back on volunteering. The Countryside Management Association lay out some of the ideas for areas where volunteer help could really make a difference to the organisation. Volunteer photographers are helping the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in their work to inform & enthuse visitors. Learn more about the role. The Canal & River Trust run regular work days across the canal network, they outline how work days can be beneficial for you. Find out how you can help the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association by volunteering with them. Volunteer motivation has changed - Kent Wildlife Trust has realised this and are finding new ways to attract volunteers. Read about some of their strategies. Dean Castle Country Park, in North Ayrshire has, with thanks to a grant and a dedicated team, put in place a volunteer programme to be proud of. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities.
Advance notice of the next edition: CJS Focus on Forestry and Arboriculture - accepting adverts and suggestions now.

Details of additions to Surveys and Fieldwork section, 2 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 December, 6 pages
Send information about your training courses today to training@countryside-jobs.com or submit online here

Print length this edition: 121
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: 9 November
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 6 November
Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

02 October 2017

CJS Vacancies advertised in September


Use the links to see each sector online.


Administration, support and IT 20 all administration and support roles.
Arboriculture 33 working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
Community and Volunteers 26 projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer management.
Countryside 98 Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers.
Ecology 40 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 33 interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure activities instructors also higher and further education roles.
Horticulture 23 gardening and plant health vacancies.
Fundraising and Publicity 13 public relations, promotion including social media, grant applications and administration and fundraising. This section also includes membership promotion and recruitment roles.
Rights of Way 3 access and all public rights of way related work.
Visitor Management 8 visitor services and management including event management.
Wildlife work and animal care 18 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 (24 adverts) and apprenticeship (5 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.