CJS Professional: December 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), Scroll down for the regular contents list.

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

Land Management Team Leader , GE Consulting Services Ltd. Exeter, working across the south of England and Wales
Ecologist – The Midlands , Midland Ecology. Birmingham (Permanent Position)
Fire Ranger , RSPB. Dove Stone (Fixed Term contract for 6 months, Full Time)
Community Organiser , RSPB. Lake Vyrnwy (22.5 hours per week, 15 month Contract)
Senior Advisers – Local Nature Recovery , Natural England. Opportunities nationwide
Stockperson/Ranger, Wadhurst Park. East Sussex
Biodiversity Ranger , Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Basingstoke and Deane (Permanent, full time)
Research Assistant - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker , RSPB. Flexible in UK (Fixed Term for 6 months, Full-Time)
Senior Research Assistant - Willow Tit Monitoring , RSPB. Flexible in Midlands (Fixed Term for 7 months, Full-Time, Home working)
Project Development Officer - Kingswood Park , South Gloucestershire Council. Yate (37hpw)
Director of Nature Recovery , Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Herts and Middlesex (37.5 hours per week, permanent contract)
Arboricultural Consultant, Crown Consultants Ltd. London and the surrounding counties, occasionally midlands


Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles.
Natural Prospects Traineeships x 6 & Love your River Stour Traineeships x 2 , The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. Paid, Full Time, Fixed Term Contract
Year in industry placement 2022/2023 , River Holme Connections. Honley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (Full time, 37.5 hour week, Flexible working hours.)
RHS Level 3 / Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Wisley (37.5hpw, 2 years fixed term, start Sept 2022)
RHS Specialist Horticultural Placements (SHP) , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Gardens: Bridgewater, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, and Wisley. (37.5hpw, start Sept 2022)
Level 2 Arboriculture Apprentice , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Wisley (37.5hpw, 2 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)
Level 3 Land-based Service Engineer Technician Apprentice , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Bridgewater (37.5hpw, 3 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)
Level 3 Landscape / Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Rosemoor (37.5hpw, 3 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)
Level 2 Horticulture / Landscape Operative Apprenticeship , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, RHS Garden Rosemoor, RHS Garden Bridgewater, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, RHS Garden Wisley. (37.5hpw, 2 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)



Tuesday 30 November was Giving Tuesday, find out about this day of charity and how CJS can help you with your giving. [more]

Advance notice: CJS Focus on Volunteering, our annual look at volunteering is this year in affiliation with the Association of Volunteer Managers and is due for publication on 28 February 2022. We're accepting adverts for this edition now.


CJS Information and other articles
Download your copy of the handy CJS Calendar complete with all the dates, deadlines for CJS publications plus information. (pdf) there's a reminder of CJS Office hours and deadlines. as well.

19 November was a momentous day. After 1400 editions today's edition is the very last print edition of CJS Weekly. We have been producing a print edition of CJS Weekly every Friday since July 1994 but we have taken the difficult decision to stop publishing the weekly edition in paper form. As the number of postal subscribers has now fallen into single figures it is not sensible to continue with the work involved in setting and printing a paper copy for so few readers. Don't worry though CJS Weekly continues to go from strength to strength just in a digital format instead of in print. [more]
26 November saw the first all-new all-digital edition of CJS Weekly.
We listened to the things you said in the reader survey and we've including many of your suggestions.
Starting with adding in more colour - not easy when there's lots of text in all the adverts! However, there are now bright colourful banner headings between the sections.
Jobs have new standardised headings are you can now save most jobs in the Weekly to your jobs list. The website is mobile friendly so the new digital format means the information will (or should) realign according to your screen size and work equally well on desktop, mobile or tablet. Reminder that for the news section if you click the headline you'll go to the original, full, press release or story on the organisation's own website. The articles include links to other items from the author (if there are any) click on the More from at the bottom and you'll see a list of everything that's associated with that organisation, including any current jobs, volunteers, training courses and news too. [more]

CJS is delighted to sponsor the University Programme/Department of the Year award in the 2022 CIEEM Awards.
The awards are a fantastic celebration of the success of projects, businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to protecting the natural environment. Ecology and Environmental Management are integral parts of caring for our natural world and by sponsoring this new award we are helping promote excellence in teaching of this complex subject to give the next generation of rangers, ecologists, wildlife warriors, landscape managers and environmental educators a good understanding of all things ecological and to make the best start on their careers. [more]

Can we hear about the dogs again some time? asked JE from Bromley in their comments in this autumn's reader survey.
They're not the only one there were quite a few of you who mentioned liking the personal touches and specifically asked for canine updates. Of course we're only too delighted to oblige and with that in mind we have some introductions to make. Please meet the two new office pups: Stella who's at the main office in Goathland and Ethel who's making sure Katie doesn't get glued to her chair in Pickering.  [more

Introducing our Featured Charity for 2022: Countryside Classroom

Elizabeth Lake, Countryside Classroom Programme Coordinator writes an introduction to the charity and what they do.
Countryside Classroom provides educators with a single trusted, authoritative and easy-to-use portal where the biggest collection of quality, relevant teaching Resources can be downloaded free of charge. Regular monthly blogs and competitions that showcase the very latest additions to the site and highlight key themes and national initiatives relating to food, farming and the natural environment. [more]


CJS Features and In Depth Features

Forestry Plastic Group  By Richard Hunter, Technical and Industry Support Manager at Confor
It seems odd that an industry so in touch with its green side uses so much plastic, but then plastic is a fantastic material when used in the right way, for the right reasons and disposed of correctly after use.  The Forestry Plastic Group formed out of a desire to combat the misuse of plastics in forestry especially the tree tube. [more ]  

Expanding your skills in the environment and sustainability profession  By Sarah Mukherjee, CEO of IEMA.
I’m not the usual environment or sustainability professional, or indeed, not the usual CEO. I was brought up for a lot of my young life on a white working class council estate in Essex. I’m mixed race, identify as a woman and I’ve been a single parent. I think a lot of people who are completely capable of working in sustainability, but come from marginalised backgrounds, feel like these spaces such as the countryside aren’t for them.  [more]  

Are you prepared for Chalara Ash Dieback? By Alistair McGregor of TEP: The Environment Partnership
For The Tree Council's National Tree Week we found out more about the Chalara Ash Dieback. The disease has a severe detrimental effect on the ash tree, caused by the fungal mycelia preventing translocation of water and sugars between the tree’s crown and roots. The initial symptoms of this are dead tips, which can be difficult to observe in mature trees. [more]  

Inclusive access – small changes make a big difference  By David Shaftoe, Open Country Chief Officer
There is much to be gained from encouraging inclusive access in our countryside. Disabled people are a powerful force for good in the outdoors and improving access for people with a disability benefits all visitors. Although the UK has a long way to go, it is important to recognise the small changes to access provision that can make a huge difference.  [more]  

Regeneration game. A programme of woodland regeneration to protect trees from a deadly disease has created a vibrant habitat for a wide range of animals and plants. By CLA South West Communications Manager Kim John.
The CLA member Clinton Devon Estates has taken a proactive approach to tackling tree disease in the past and now, more recently, under the threat of ash dieback. By felling trees  o create a firebreak, infection is less likely to transmit from tree to tree. We find out what action they took. [more]  

A Lesson in Habitat Management  By Dr. Gerard Cheshire
Back in 1979 the Nature Conservancy Council declared the Large Blue (Phengaris arion) butterfly extinct in Britain. There was a tragic irony attached, as the NCC had inadvertently finished the butterfly off in its attempt to save the species. The reason was naivety about specific ecological requirements for the Large Blue. [more]

Can habitat restoration pay?  By Chris Watt, River Esk Project Officer at the North York Moors National Park Authority
New project seeks to facilitate land-use transition in the Esk Valley. Earlier this year, the North York Moors National Park Authority was awarded £100,000 from the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund to boost biodiversity in the Esk Valley catchment area while simultaneously attracting private investment. The Fund is designed to support the development of nature-based projects until the point they become sustainable through financial return. [more]  

Horse logging, the traditional tool for the future By Steffi Schaffler, Teamwork Horse Logging
The British Horse Loggers (BHL) are an independent national body formed to represent and support those either working horses in forestry or anyone interested in the art of horse logging and supporting the skill. Our aim is to promote horse logging as a viable and sustainable option within the modern forestry industry, showcasing the benefits to both our woodlands and our horse and continuing to use and pass on a traditional and important skill.  Horse logging offers an efficient flexible approach to timber extraction with a wide range of both traditional and modern equipment available. [more


updates from COP26 and quite a lot on sustainability, climate change and net zero ambitions.  Several news items about river pollution and sewage.  Protected and Conserved Areas Around the World Sign First Ever Joint Statement on Climate Change and Biodiversity - UK National Parks.  The discovery of Phytophthora pluvialis in Cumbria and Scotland has led to movement restrictions of trees and timber, however there's lots of tree planting going on and being planned for next year, including the Queen's Green Canopy in celebration of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. We finish this month with some incredible photos of mini-beasts in the Buglife Bug Photography Awards.



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


Useful information

100 Business Actions for Nature a new online resource:  More than ever before, businesses are required to make transformational changes as a vital component of tackling the twin biodiversity and climate crises.  To help businesses, on whatever stage of their journey they might be, the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital has created a free-to-use website as a resource to help businesses build nature and climate into decision-making processes. [more]

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The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 13 Janaury 2022

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 10 January 2022