CJS Professional: March 2021

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)

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

Senior Consultant Ecologist, EnviroCentre Limited. Central Belt: Glasgow or Edinburgh (Permanent)
Principal Consultant/Associate Director Level Ecologist, EnviroCentre Limited. Glasgow or Edinburgh (Permanent)
Visitor Experience Assistant, RSPB. Newport Wetlands (6 months - Full Time)
Estate Worker, RSPB. Leighton Moss, Lancashire
Casual Bat Surveyor, Midland Ecology Ltd. Ideally living in the West Midlands (between May - September)
Case Officer (Rights of Way),Open Spaces Society. Home-based. (part time 21 hpw)
Community Engagement Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Surrey.
Development Manager, Viewpark Conservation Group. Historical Douglas Support Estate (Full time permanent position, subject to funding)
Works Supervisor, Forestry England. Hamsterley
Ecological Consultant (Senior considered) Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. Home-based, ideally within the south of Hampshire / West Sussex region.
Assistant Field Ecologist, ECOSA. Hampshire. (Initially a 7-month contract position beginning in spring 2021 with a view to becoming permanent, subject to review)
Nature Spaces Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Surrey. (Will consider both full and part time applications, a job share may be feasible)
Project Officer, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Home based within southern Wales. (Full time (37.5 hours) fixed term contract – April to July 2021)
Tree Officer, Oxfordshire County Council. Work location: Predominantly across the West of Oxfordshire. (Permanent, 37hpw)
Assistant Conservation and Education Manager, League Against Cruel Sports. Dulverton, Somerset. (Permanent role 35hpw)
Countryside & Greenspace Officer, The Land Trust. Home based (Permanent, Full Time 36 hpw)
New Forest Priority Landscape Conservation Officer, RSPB. Franchises Lodge, New Forest.
Conservation Officer (Maternity Cover),Surrey Wildlife Trust. Pirbright, Surrey.  (Ideally start in March/April 2021. This is a full time role as maternity cover for approximately 12 months; part-time (over 25 hours) applications will also be considered.)
Visitor Experience Manager, RSPB. Rye Meads. (Permanent, full-time)
Seasonal Research Assistant - English Twite Recovery Project, RSPB. South Pennine Uplands, focus areas - Todmorden & Marsden (3 month contract)
Database Development Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Surrey. (Full time or 4 day week considered)
Consultant Ecologist, Tyrer Ecological Consultants Ltd
Outdoor Education & Activities Instructor, Lochranza Centre CIC. Lochranza, Isle of Arran. (Fixed term (28-35hpw) contract from May until October with possible extension into 2022)


CJS Information 

What you think CJS does: advertise jobs for rangers. What CJS actually does…..
Promotes countryside projects, publishes adverts for volunteers, collates a daily news roundup, works with many different organisations to highlight issues and introduce new initiatives, runs a large directory of sector wide training courses and professional events, hosts a wide range of advice and information covering all parts of the conservation sector, produces three newsletters as well as managing a large website and yes, advertises jobs for rangers, amongst lots of others!  [more]

According to our unusual days of the year calendar next Thursday (18/3) will be Companies that Care day.
So it seems a perfect time to remind everyone that CJS cares - a lot. About what we do, the differences (we hope) we make, about our readers, advertisers and everyone across the CJS family - yes, that's how we think of you all.  It's so ingrained in CJS's DNA (can a business have DNA?) that we put it on any of our affiliate and sub sites: CJS was set up not to make vast profits but to make a difference, to put back into the conservation sector and help everyone in it along the way. [more]

We celebrated National Careers Week #NCW2021 – careers are something we specialise in; we like helping you lovely people get jobs and start your journeys in the conservation sector, we’ve been doing it for over 25 years. [more]



Features and In Depth Features

Bringing nature back to the wetlands by Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
On a spring day in 2020, the Manchester Argus flew on a Manchester moss for the first time in more than 150 years. Not even the Lockdown could prevent this momentous flight of a butterfly that had been driven from many North West wetlands by development and  agricultural drainage of peat. [more ]

& Another Thing: An honest place for conservation issues written by By Kirsty Crawford
Hands up if you shudder at the word ‘networking’?  ‘& Another Thing’ is an honest place for conservation issues, in the broadest sense. It was created from many conversations with friends and colleagues that inevitably ended with those words ‘oh, and another thing…’.  [more]
Beavers are back in Dorset

After an absence of 400 years, beavers have returned to Dorset. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Marketing and Communications Officer, Alex Hennessy explains why they matter and how they shape the landscape. Originally posted for World Wildlife Day and has been one of the most popular articles this year so far. [more]

Looking for a way to upskill or progress in your career or train new or upskill your employees? Then the new Level 4 Countryside Ranger Apprenticeship could be for you! 
Demelza Hyde, Chair, L4 Countryside Ranger Trailblazer and National Trust Ranger, NW Dartmoor writes about the new Level 4 (L4) Countryside Ranger Apprenticeship which has been designed and developed by employers from across the industry , as part of the Countryside Ranger Trailblazer group. This new level 4 qualification will help individuals wanting to progress within the countryside management profession and employers looking to hire someone new or upskill existing employees. Once complete, apprentices will be qualified in roles such as countryside, community or recreation rangers, reserve or countryside wardens, estate supervisor or estate or park rangers. [more ]

The rise of the next scientific leaders in environmental science – Open Wilding Project
Launched by a community of current students spread across the United Kingdom, The Open Wilding Project is empowering the next generation of scientists and specialists. Each year, opportunities for student jobs, work experience, research and investigation become more and more difficult, with the sector heavily saturated with part to full time only volunteer opportunities that are inflexible and hard to come by, and employers requiring academic and practical experience, leaving graduates discouraged and eventually abandoning a profession in nature. We are changing that. [more]

 Reflecting on a strange (but wonderful) year at A Focus on Nature written by Carys, AFON Creative Director
2020 will go down in history as one of the most strange and uncertain years. It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting when I accepted the role of Creative Director at A Focus on Nature (AFON) in January last year. We quickly realised that we’d need to head back to the drawing board if we wanted to achieve our vision of a more inclusive and diverse AFON.  We have done so much in the last 12 months, but to save you from an eternal essay here’s a quick summary of what we did and how we did it. [more]

CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Volunteering is included in full. This edition is in association with the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) with Parks Community UK. Next edition will be in Spetember looking at Careers in Ecology - suggestions for content or offers to write an article welcome, contact Amy



A good mix of news, this month featuring lots of beavers. Reactions to last week's budget and a call from BTO to give your old kit a new lease of life by donating it to their new scheme to help young wildlife enthusiasts.



Last chance to book for the CIEEM Spring Conference on 16 March - Long term Ecological Research Projects: Using Evidence to Inform Practice [more]
Calendar of events and short courses occurring in  May plus additions made over the past month.



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on:  8 April

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