CJS Professional: May Edition

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/professional  (you may need to refresh your browser)

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Title, Employer, Location:, Basis: (contract details if known)

Under Forester, Carter Jonas. Cyffin Estate, Llangadfan, Powys (full time)

Working Wetlands Water Quality Officer, Devon Wildlife Trust.  Based at Aldens Court, Alphington, Exeter (Part-time (30 hours per week), permanent role with funding secured until March 2025)

Working Wetlands Assistant, Devon Wildlife Trust. Based at Aldens Court, Alphington, Exeter (Part-time (18.75 hours per week) permanent role with funding secured until March 2025)

Working Wetlands Advisory Officer (Tamar), Devon Wildlife Trust. Based at Cookworthy, Beaworthy (Full-time, permanent role with funding secured until March 2025.)

Working Wetlands Advisory Officer (Reservoirs), Devon Wildlife Trust. Based across two sites; Aldens Court, Alphington, Exeter and Cookworthy, Beaworthy (Full-time, permanent role with funding secured until March 2025.)


CJS Information and other articles

An early birthday present - cheaper subscriptions.

CJS's official birthday is in July and we had intended to give everyone a 26th birthday present then but we could all do with a boost right now - so why wait?

We're reducing the price of CJS Weekly electronic subscriptions to 50p a week for email. [more]

Make the budget go further, a reminder that you can advertise with CJS completely free.

Reminder: Campaigns and funding addition: during the ongoing crisis we're sharing details of fundraising campaigns. [more]

Meet the Team: We thought we'd use this break in normal activities to let you in behind the scenes at CJS and post some snippets from the CJS Team, see some of our home schooling efforts, meet Tracey's runner ducks and Amy's hens. [more]

And finally: Putting a smile on your face. We made a decision to try to finish each day's news headlines with something positive, uplifting or funny. More information here or see this month's selection here.

Sign-up for 30 Days Wild from the Wildlife Trusts is open! This June, readers can join thousands of people taking part in our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! We want you to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. [more]

Skills Matching Service from Lantra Scotland. A new service which aims to match up rural and land-based businesses with potential employees during the COVID-19 pandemic is being launched by Lantra Scotland. [more]

Help Feed the Nation  Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, UK farms have a shortage of seasonal labour to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables. We are calling for workers to apply for these paid positions on local farms across the UK. [more]



Volunteering from Home reminder and update: 7 roles plus lots of citizen science projects

Surveys and Fieldwork

Lots of new surveys and citizen science projects added during April, the majority are all possible to complete at home or on your daily exercise.


CJS Features and In Depth Features

Holkham National Nature Reserve – Changing Times during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

A look at the effect of the lockdown on Holkham National Nature Reserve covering 4100 hectares of the dynamic North Norfolk coast. [more ]

Grow at Home from the Royal Horticultural Society.

As the UK’s leading gardening charity, the RHS is more committed than ever to continue to support the nation to get gardening and is now launching the Grow At Home campaign to help nurture a new generation of gardeners. [more ]

Countryside Rangers in Scotland – Youth are the Future

Luke Taylor, 20, West Lothian talks about introducing people to the concept of Rangers.

Many people have never heard of “Rangers” nor have any idea of what the job is actually about. I’ve heard: “You’re just a litter picker” and “You just take kids outdoors“; which is true, but there are so many other aspects that people don’t realise or appreciate. [more ]

Walk This May

May is National Walking Month, and is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. This year, the charity is urging everyone to #Try20 – walk for 20 minutes every day throughout May to maintain their physical and mental health and wellbeing. [more ]


CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Environmental Education and Outdoor Activities in association with the Countryside Education Trust.

Included in full in this edition.

Tthe lead article is from the Countryside Education Trust in which they talk about the work they do to give inner city children access to the countryside.

Chris Mackie at Moray House School of Education & Sport is trying to find out whether children’s access to the outdoors relates to care for the natural world.

Sarah Lawfull from Where the Fruit Is provides details about Forest School learning. The role of the National Association for Environmental Education in environmental education in schools.

How Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust educate families with fun sessions.

The coast and beach as an environmental education resource with Beach Academy Wales. Wild Ideas gives lots of pointers on how to plan and run your own env ed programme.

Outdoor wellbeing for teenagers and adults is discussed by AndBreathe and last but not least the reflections of Dave Gurnett, who has worked as an Education Outreach Officer for over 15 years.

Adverts offering help during this Coronavirus crisis.

Read it online here or download a PDF copy from here.

  • We hope that the next edition will be published in November and will feature Ecology and Biodiversity but this is dependent on the coronavirus outbreak.


Looking forward, beyond the current coronavirus pandemic

  • Huge nature, well-being and climate cost of coronavirus - Wildlife and Countryside Link
  • National Trust leader calls for urgent support for nature and wildlife sectors and a ‘green, not grey’ recovery - The National Trust

Land and Countryside Management

  • Wildlife returns to Marsden Moor a year on from devastating fire, but threats persist - National Trust
  • LI announces new plans to support parks and green space sector - Landscape Institute
  • Saving the nation’s trees: Kew celebrates banking 13 million seeds from UK native trees - Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

New funding, projects, campaigns and awards

  • Nominations are now open for NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2020 - National Biodiversity Network Trust

Pollution, sustainablity and climate

  • A national ‘office for carbon removal’ is vital to guarantee the credibility of carbon offsetting and avoid ‘junk credits’, says new report - Green Alliance
  • Litter problem at England’s protected coasts - University of Exeter

Environmental Education, Recreation and volunteering

  • Huge opportunity for permanent shift to walking and cycling - Joint press release from Ramblers Scotland, Cycling UK Scotland & Transform Scotland
  • UK discovering nature in lockdown - National Biodiversity Network

Scientific Research, Results and Publications

  • Climate change could cause sudden biodiversity losses worldwide - University College London
  • Ash dieback is less severe in isolated ash trees - British Ecological Society
  • Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing - University of Exeter
  • National Garden Bird Survey reaches 25 years - BTO

Animal and wildlife news

  • New campaign urges public to be #WildlifeWise - Scottish SPCA
  • New Sheffield Wetland Corridor sees wildlife thrive - Sheffield City Council
  • Birds nesting in ‘eggstraordinary’ places - RSPB
  • Ospreys return to Kielder Water and Forest Park - Forestry England

And finally things to make you smile!

  •  One way of keeping the children busy! ?Wildlife loving Fred is climbing the walls - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
  • Edinburgh Zoo launches lion webcam to thank supporters - The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
  • Bumper year for apple blossom after ‘sunniest April on record’ - National Trust


Details of new online events and training, webinars and distance learning courses.



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 11 June

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