23 May 2016

Now published: CJS Focus on Countryside Skills (traditional & modern) in association with the Field Studies Council

23 pages in total, the lead article is from the Field Studies Council; FSC are concerned about a lack of taxonomic skills. In this article they describe the recent decline in field skills and detail how they are working to improve the skills set of people entering the conservation sector. David Molloy from Cotswold Rural Skills talks about the importance of rural skills and how they can be preserved. Dry stone walling: a living craft for the present day? The Dry Stone Walling Association says yes and explains why. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has supported many Trainees over recent times, with 2 case studies they describe how a rural apprenticeship can help you gain the skills you need for work in the conservation sector. Project Management is an important part of working in the countryside. You may have lots of great ideas but can you nurture them to reality? The Staffordshire & S & W Wales Wildlife Trusts give some pointers to help you succeed in this dark art. The National Coppice Federation describes how important the act of coppicing is to woodland management. Our Bright Future is a programme being delivered across the UK by lots of different organisations and aims to create the next generation of environmental leaders through skills provision. Could you develop a career in Conservation Grazing? Ruth Dalton from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust provides a whistle-stop tour of conservation grazing and some of the skills you will need to embark on a career in it. The National Hedge Laying Society describes how complex the art of hedge laying is and why it is so important to develop the skill in to the future. We couldn’t get away without an article on the use of social media in the conservation sector. Cheshire Wildlife Trust gives some pointers on how to use this technology to maximum potential and the skills needed to have successful campaigns. Finally the North York Moors National Park Authority say more Countryside Apprenticeships should be offered to improve the skill set of people entering our sector. They describe why they offer the opportunities and why more should be available. Read it here

12 May 2016

CJS Professional: May 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:
Team Leader / Team Member - Marlborough, Wessex Countryside Management
Field Surveyor, Ecology Solutions (South East England, particularly welcome applications from the Burgess Hill area)
Fixed Term Ecologist - BSG Ecology, Newcastle Office
Lecturer in Countryside Management at Brooksby Melton College
Team Operative / Groundsperson - Exeter, Glendale Countryside (NB applications close on Friday 13 May)
Field Studies Tutors, The Cranedale Centre (near Malton, North Yorkshire)
Upper Ray Living Landscape Manager, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (Meadow Farm, near Bicester)
Assistant Instructor, Sayers Croft (Surrey)
Conservation Farmer - Stirley Community Farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Ranger, First for Wellbeing (Barnwell Country Park near Oundle in Northamptonshire)
Estate Maintenance Worker / Ghillie, Reay Forest Estate of the Duke & Duchess of Westminster & Grosvenor family (North West Highlands of Scotland)
Gateway Team Leader (Stirley Community Farm), Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Working Wetlands Advisory Officer (Tamar), Devon Wildlife Trust
Welsh Section Support Officer, CIEEM (Location:  Dependent on location of postholder)
Woodland Heritage Officer, Employed by Pennine Prospects in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Education and Engagement Officer, Ribble Rivers Trust (Clitheroe, Lancashire)

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11 May 2016

The dog ate my homework....

There are some wonderful stories and excuses given for not doing what you should or being where you're meant to be. 
A common one in the CJS office is that you got stuck behind a slow moving flock of sheep - happens all too often - or that all the world and his dog stopped you to talk about village affairs just as you were about to walk in through the door, that's another frequent one (Goathlanders are on the whole a friendly, nosy, complaining, happy sharing lot!).  However, on Monday we heard a new one, we were waiting for our IT support to come in and have look at one of the computers which is running a bit slow (we're asking it to do too much I think), when we received an email that said:
"Sending this from the moor fire up at Levisham. Doesn't look like I'll be back tonight till dark."  
You see our main IT support is also a part-time fireman and it turns out he'd had a busy day dealing with a medical emergency in the morning (they provide rapid response paramedic cover too) and then being called out to a large moor fire that required 5 crews with 8 engines to get it under control. Read more on our local paper the Whitby Gazette here, with embedded YouTube video of the fire taking hold.

06 May 2016

And then it was spring...

This time last week I was hurling wood onto the stove to keep everyone warm as the snow and hail battered against the windows, we went through two basket loads!
Before the Arctic returned we had seen our first house martins but they had wisely gone elsewhere for the duration, however, poor Vigilamus, one of BTO's tracked cuckoos who was tagged at MOD Fylingdales just over the hills from us, arrived in the middle of the storm and sadly perished, at least that the conclusion the researchers have made, see his journey here.
Then it stopped, the sun came out and so did the blackthorn blossom (at last), the house martins returned from wherever they had been hiding, a few swallows swooped across the field and then to confirm it all we heard the first cuckoo calling on Monday morning, AW's father-in-law heard one a day earlier on Sunday. 

Now in a complete change in the seasons today we have the windows open and heating is definitely off, at lunch time the car said  it's 23 degrees and with the first returning swifts screaming overhead you can believe that summer is just around the corner.

My New Year's resolution of not feeding the birds (see here) is giving rise to some interesting sightings, we've added two new species to our garden list having seen a pair of redpolls and earlier this week a female blackcap. The tit family are thriving, we have lots of warblers (still no good at identifying LKJs*!) and from the call some must be chiff-chaffs. the noisiest of them all are the wrens, how such a small bird creates such a deafening volume is astonishing.
We had a pair of robins nesting in the garage but unfortunately they got scared off their nest by a neighbour's cat (grr!) but the thrushes who nested in the ivy in the spruce have raised three fledglings who are now following their parents around demanding food. One newly fledged youngster kept me entertained one afternoon when it took up residence in the trees outside my office window.
Song thrush fledgling waiting for a parent to return
(sorry it's not brilliant it was snapped through a triple glazed window).

A lovely distraction from the end of year accounts.....

There is a keyboard under there somewhere!

*Little Khaki Jobs - not really brown but not green either so khaki they have been dubbed.

27 April 2016

We're certified

Your details are safe with CJS and now we have a certificate to prove it!

Not that they weren't before of course, but it's no longer sufficient to simply tell someone over the phone (or in writing) that you don't hold credit or debit card details on any computer anywhere and that if they are written down for any reason the piece of paper is shredded or incinerated after use, instead you need to fill in a complicated questionnaire and in return you get a lovely certificate to say that you're a trustworthy business and it's safe to give us your card details.
So here you go:

Not forgetting that we have (and always will be) registered with the Information Commissioner's Officer, you can look up our register entry if you feel so inclined, the number is Z9570707 so you can be sure your personal data is safe too.

Added to which we promise: 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.

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.  Although as all it amounts to is your name, address and how you subscribe I'm not sure you'd want to bother - but the offer is there.
Here's ours:

Why are we on our own database? It's because we want to receive a copy of what we send you to make sure it arrives as it should. (Don't look at it too closely because we've purposely used wrong dates so that we don't accidentally delete ourselves when we don't renew!)