CJS Professional: February Edition.

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


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

Site Operative - The River Stewardship Company Sheffield
Trails and Access Officer - Cotswolds National Landscape Cotswold (22.5hpw)
Crayfish Stakeholder Officer - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Across North Yorkshire (18 month fixed term, 21hpw)
Project Officer (Cambridgeshire) – Maternity Cover - Groundwork East  Alconbury Weald nr Huntingdon, Cambs (full time, 37hpw, 1 year fixed term maternity cover with potential to extend)
2 x Project Officer (Hertfordshire) - Groundwork East Mill Green, Hatfield (full time, 37hpw. one year fixed term with potential to extend)
Cannock Chase SAC Engagement Officer (DPP304) - Stafford Borough Council
Cannock Chase (37hpw, Fixed term to June 2023)
Curlew Game Keeper - BirdWatch Ireland South Leitrim, Ireland (March - Sept/Nov2021, full time)
Landscape Manager - Tree Strategy - Wirral Council Hamilton Building (Temporary, 36hpw)
Land Use and Biodiversity Lead Officer - Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere Located in St John’s Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway DG7 3UX (to be confirmed) (permanent - full time)
Community and Education Lead Officer - Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere Located in St John’s Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway DG7 3UX (to be confirmed)
Haywarden - Chalfont St Peter Parish Council Chalfont St Peters, Bucks. (full time av 37hpw)
Project Manager (Northern England) - RSPB St Aidans Nature Reserve north of Leeds.
Senior Campaigner - RSPB Flexible / Remote Working.
Biosecurity Officer - RSPB Shetland Office. (8 months to 1 year depending on funding)
Assistant Warden - RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambs  (1 year, part time)
DBRC Project Officer - Devon Wildlife Trust based at DBRC’s office at Aldens Court, Exeter, but requiring regular travel throughout Devon (permanent, full time, 37hpw)
DBRC Assistant (Habitat Database Project) - Devon Wildlife Trust Aldens Business Court, Exeter (Full time, fixed term to 31 March 2022)
Assistant Stockperson / Tractor Driver - Surrey Wildlife Trust Pond Farm, our primary base on Wisley Common (12 month short term contract to March 3033, 35hpw + 1 week in 6 on call rota)
Training Officer - The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country EcoPark, 258a Hob Moor Rd, Birmingham, B10 9HH (full time 12 month contract)
Landscapers - Ecosulis Uxbridge (Contract, start asap)
Senior Ecologist - E3 Ecology Ltd Location: Northumberland, N Yorkshire or Scottish Borders.
Ranger - Welsh Water (37hpw on annualised hours basis including regular weekend and Bank Holidays)
Farm Environment Adviser - Norfolk Farming & Wildlife Advice Group Norwich (full time permanent)
Wales Project Officer - Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management home based in Wales. (22.5hpw)
Nature Recovery Lead Adviser - Natural England Worcester or Telford (although regular travel to remote areas across the Team area will be necessary)


Trainees and Apprenticeships

Nature Restoration Trainees - North Pennines AONB Partnership



Conservation Trainee (Voluntary) - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust


CJS Features and In Depth Features

Organisation profile: HighGround charity starts a new chapter by founder, Anna Baker-Cresswell
As we enter our 8th busy year and I look forward to the arrival of Tim our first Rural Employment Manager generously funded by The Royal Foundation, I am so grateful for the support, leadership and encouragement of Ian Elliott our fantastic Chairman of Trustees and the many, many people who have funded, presented and connected to help the people who find HighGround on their journey towards Life beyond the military – Outdoors. [more ]

The Rewilding Network – Spearheading Rapid Rewilding Across Britain written by Sara King, Rewilding Britain Network Lead
Interest in rewilding has boomed and is at levels never seen before. It has captured the imagination of so many, including landowners looking to reframe their approach to managing their land. At Rewilding Britain, we are developing a new Rewilding Network aimed to provide practical advice and guidance, connect landowners with each other for a joined up approach, and support action on the ground. [more]

Friends United, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces
Slowly but surely, especially over the last 20 years, an inspirational grassroots movement has been arising of people dedicated to improving, caring for, protecting, animating, appreciating and publicising, and taking some ‘ownership’ of their own local green spaces in all kinds of ways. There are now over 7,000 local ‘Friends of’ groups, each collectively contributing and ‘adding value’ to their sites to a greater or lesser extent, depending on their capacity. [more]

Briefly. The new tech startup that's helping businesses get noticed by national media - an introduction.
Small, country businesses and charities are tapping in to new tech to get their business stories published in national magazines and newspapers – without being faced with expensive PR agency fees. [more]

Protecting the North York Moors National Park International Dark Sky Reserve written by Mike Hawtin, Head of Polyhalite Projects and Catriona McLees, Head of Marketing & Communications both from North York Moors National Park Authority
Now the North York Moors National Park has achieved international recognition for its Dark Skies, we not only need to celebrate them (more about that later), we also need to work hard to protect them. A key obligation in protecting Dark Skies is to ensure that we not only prevent the spread of additional light pollution through planning guidance but also reduce existing levels. This doesn’t mean asking residents and businesses to turn off all lighting but it does mean encouraging everybody to use light sympathetically and not to waste it. To help deliver the improvements, we’ve set up a lighting improvement scheme to offer grants in targeted areas to help reduce light pollution. [more]

What book sparked your enthusiasm for the natural world? By Amy Worley, CJS Features Commissioning Editor
There are books of fiction that spark the imagination and draw us in to nature but there are also factual and reference books that allow us to learn more about nature and wildlife.  For International Book Giving Day on 14 February I asked some conservation professionals what books influenced them and what they would like to pass on to the next generation. Includes an introduction to the newly released What to Look for series from Ladybird books,  [more]

Job Profile: What it takes to be a conservation communicator… By Carys Evans, Communications and Campaigns Officer for Wildlife Trusts Wales
Having worked in communications and marketing within the conservation sector for the last few years I can safely say that no two days are ever the same! If you’re looking for a non-stop, creative whirlwind of a job then marketing and communications may just be for you! [more]

CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Volunteering is due for publication on 22 February. This edition is in association with the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) with Parks Community UK. 


CJS Information and other articles

Details of recruitment advertising in CJS Weekly during 2020
Unsurprisingly numbers in all sectors are significantly lower than in previous years. However, there were still 1177 adverts posted through the year, 498 before the lockdown and 679 since. During April we published only 12 adverts across all four editions. Until the pandemic, in 25 years of producing CJS Weekly we'd never published editions with just two adverts, but last year was a record setter in all sorts of ways we'd rather forget. [more]

We asked, you spoke, we listened
At the end of last year we asked you, our lovely readers, to help us out and tell us a little about yourselves so that we could update our reader profile for the advertisers. We've crunched all the data and our advertiser's information now carries the latest details. We've also made a few changes already and now have some new projects for 2021. [more]

Together for a better internet
During this past year the internet has become our link to the rest of the world, connecting family and friends as well as allowing business and education to continue at arm's length. With this in mind this year's Safer Internet Day becomes even more important. [more]

Facebook live session recap: Richard Dodd from Wildwood Ecology gave an excellent presentation on The Top Five Non-technical Skills That Employers Are Looking For - Identifying and developing the right skillset and mindset for a career as an ecologist. [more]


Lots of Government news and announcements plus reactions. Several interesting land management stories covering topics as diverse as heather burning to the latest on neonics. Good news on the jobs front with Seasonal Rangers returning at Cairngorms National Park.
And finally: we're finishing with some bears - polar bears happy in the recent snow and tale of a silly old bear at London Zoo



Calendar of events and short courses occurring in April plus additions made over the past month.



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

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 8 March