CJS Professional: April 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)


Title, Employer, Location:, Basis: (contract details if known).
Senior Ecologist (level 2 bat-licensed) CGO Ecology Ltd. home based working nationwide. (full or part time, start asap)
Wetland Restoration Officer, Forestry England. Based Lyndhurst (but currently working from home) Estate Manager, Horsell Common Preservation Society. Woking, Surrey
Digital Marketing Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Surrey (Full time or 4 day week considered)
Ecologist – West Midlands, Midland Ecology Ltd. West Midlands
Bat Ecologist, Lockhart Garratt Ltd. Midlands area but hours and location are flexible including part-time and home-working
Ecologists / Ecological Consultants, Lockhart Garratt Ltd. Midlands area but hours and location are flexible including part-time and home-working
Land Management Director, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Based: BBOWT Offices and homeworking (Permanent, full-time 35hpw)
Operations Coordinator, BASC. Horsham, South East England
GIS Technician, Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. Coventry (Permanent, 40hpw)
Animal Care Manager & Land-Based Studies Technician (two posts), Mary Hare School. Location: RG14 3BQ
Vegetation Operative, Ecosupport Ltd. Based in Lee on the Solent, Hampshire, most sites within the South East of England.
Recreation Ranger, Forestry England. Based at Alice Holt, Farnham (Weekend working required)
Visitor Services Officer x 2, Forestry England. Hamsterley Forest, County Durham (0.3 full-time equivalent - 11 hpw)
Public Rights of Way Enforcement Officer, Worcestershire County Council. Worcester (Permanent, 35hpw)
Two Assistant Public Rights of Way Officers, Worcestershire County Council. Worcester (Temporary, 36 hpw)
Forest Centre Operations Manager, Forestry England. High Lodge Forest Centre, Thetford Forest, Brandon (Fixed term to 31 March 2022)
Beat Manager x 2, Forestry England. Based at Queen Elizabeth Country Park or Micheldever, Hampshire
Woodland Manager / Consultant, Oakbank Game & Conservation Ltd. Based in East Anglia
Projects Officer - Land Management, Hertfordshire County Council. Countywide (Fixed Term, 37 hpw)
Housekeeper / Estate Maintenance Couple, Ardverikie Estate. Inverness-shire
Senior Reserves Officer, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Hertfordshire & Middlesex
Assistant Manager (Food Growing),Glasgow City Council. Location: 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX
Community Engagement Officer. North Pennines AONB Partnership.  AONB Office, Stanhope (Temporary to end March 2022, part time, 30hpw)
Invasive Species Officer, South West Lakes Trust. Base: Roadford Lake office and home working also required to travel to Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset sites (37.5hpw on flexible basis to include weekends, Bank Holidays and some evenings)
National Wildflower Centre Projects Manager, Eden Project. Bodelva, St Austell (Fixed term to August 2023, 32-40 hpw)
Forest Manager / Senior Forest Manager, Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Fort William, North West Scotland


Freelance, Self-employed and Contracts Out to Tender
Bat Survey Assistants (Casual), Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd. Manchester


Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles
Trainee Projects Officer Land Management, Hertfordshire County Council. Across Hertfordshire. (Fixed term until 31/03/2023, 37 hpw)



The Mammal Society want volunteers for the first on-the-ground national survey to shed light on distribution and numbers of Scottish mountain hares. 
The survey is calling on hillwalkers, naturalists and other outdoor enthusiasts to record sightings of the charismatic animals as they are out and about. No previous experience of wildlife surveys is necessary to take part. [more]

PTES are looking for people to particpate in the National Water Vole Monitoring Programme. [more]


Features and In Depth Features

Another article from our 2021 featured charity Campaign for Parks:

National Parks - 70 years on: 'if you make it about the people, you protect the place'
This year’s National Park Week (17-25 April) coincides with another special date - the 70th anniversary since the first National Park, Peak District National Park, was created in the UK on 17 April 1951. It paved the way for the creation of the 15 National Parks here today. The launch of Peak District National Park was closely followed in 1951 by Lake District National Park (9 May), Snowdonia National Park (18 October) and Dartmoor National Park (30 October). [more]

The importance of protecting Wales’ Celtic Rainforests by Jane Cook of Woodland Trust.
Temperate rainforest, also known as Atlantic or Celtic rainforest, is an incredibly rare habitat, and even thought to be more threatened than tropical rainforest. Temperate rainforest is also one of the most biodiverse habitats found in the UK. The high humidity and low temperature range create the perfect conditions for moisture-loving lichens and bryophytes (mosses and liverworts); a good example of this kind of habitat could contain over 200 different species of bryophytes, and 100-200 species of lichen. [more]  

Helping young people keep it wild in 2021
Action for Conservation (AFC) is a UK charity working to empower the next generation of environmental leaders. AFC’s newest Programme Coordinators, Charlotte Nwanodi, Omar Abu-Seer and Sophie Jones, share why it’s important for young people to remain engaged in environmental action as we emerge from the lockdown and how programmes like WildED arehelping young people drive a fairer, greener future.  [more]     

Survey water voles on your land by Henrietta Pringle, Key Species Data & Monitoring Officer at PTES
Britain’s water voles are in trouble. The arrival of non-native American mink and loss of suitable habitat have led to them becoming one of our fastest declining mammals. The main aim of PTES’ National Water Vole Monitoring Programme (NWVMP) is to revisit sites that were originally surveyed in the 1990s. [more]  

Time to put an end to Voluntary Traineeships? An opinion piece
Spring is the season of change, growth and opportunity as the hedgerows explode into life and the skylarks start displaying. This is also the time of year when career seekers will be scouring CJS in search of a seasonal foot-in-the-door. Increasingly, however, that includes not just traditional seasonal contracts and project funded posts, but also “voluntary traineeships”.It’s not a new phenomenon, but it is a growing one and has never been more relevant. When many hours of unpaid work are an essential prerequisite to even applying for a job, we end up choosing our workforce on the basis of means rather than talent or potential, and have to question how “voluntary” these roles really are. [more] (opportunity to have your say on our Facebook page here)
Want to express your own opinion on a subject that's close to your heart or gets you hot under the collar?
Find out how here.

The power of community gardens – growing people and places by Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Coordinator, Groundwork
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s fair to say eyes have been opened to the importance of access to well-maintained, supported and funded outdoor spaces -and the benefits this can offer. Community gardens play a big role in this. When done right, these spaces provide local people and places with so much more than aesthetics. They ensure that local communities have access to a space that is tailored towards the needs of the area through employment and training opportunities and physical and mental health provision. [more]  

Stress Awareness Month: the outdoors as a means of reducing stress
Now that we are in April – officially ‘Stress Awareness Month’ – Tracey Evans CEO of the Outdoor Partnership looks at how being in the outdoors benefits mental as well as physical health. [more]

CJS Focus

Most recent edition is in association with the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) with Parks Community UK and was CJS Focus on Volunteering, published on 22 February - read it in full here.

The next edition will be CJS Focus on Careers in Ecology in association with CIEEM, it is due for publication on 20 September.


CJS Information 

Spread the word, share CJS Professional with your friends colleagues and anyone interested in the countryside sector and ivite them to sign up to the mailing list. [more]

CJS sponsors...

In 2020 we ran our short readership survey and every completed survey went towards sponsoring plants with former featured charity Plantlife or birds with the Wildlife Trusts, offering you the choice as to which you'd pick. We've been sharing details of the resulting adoptions / sponsorships across our social media since January, here are details of what we've sponsored and some of the reasons why. [more]



A good mix of news across all areas this month including good news for many bird species and butterflies too. Several stories featuring visitor management as well as the launch of the updated Countryside Code - say hello!  - a little on green recovery and several pieces mentioning the  global impact of Covid-19, announcements from a range of organisations about aims to become net zero and generally more sustainable in response to the climate crisis.
And finally: the winners of our featured charity Campaign for Parks Park Protector Awards.



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



Two adverts this month: Kate Shipley offering Forest School Training and WildMinds running environmental education activities in South Derbyshire



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on:  13 May

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