CJS Professional: May 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)

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

Project Ecologist, Ecosupport Ltd. Lee on the Solent, Hampshire
Associate Tutor, Field Studies Council. FSC Centres across the UK
Senior Ecologist/Ecologist and Office/Accounts Manager (two roles), E3 Ecology Ltd. North-East England, with hybrid office / home working
Learning & Engagement Officer, Lee Valley Regional Park, Myddelton House, Enfield (but teaching across the Lee Valley Regional Park) (Permanent Contract - 35hpw)
Senior Project Manager (Conservation Data), RSPB. Flexible UK. (Fixed term 2 year contract, 37.5hpw)
Data & Administration Officer, North Pennines AONB.  AONB Offices, Stanhope (Temporary to 31/03/25, part-time: 22.5hpw)
Green Social Prescribing Officer, RSPB. Dearne Valley - Old Moor. (6 month contract, 1 midweek day / 7.5hpw)
Park Ranger, Witney Town Council, Witney, Oxfordshire (37hpw)
Trapper Team Leader, RSPB Scotland. Orkney Native Wildlife Project - Kirkwall Office. (Fixed term 21 month contract, 37.5hpw)
Seasonal Ranger - Lomond and Trossachs, RSPB Scotland. Loch Lomond Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire (Five month fixed term, full time: 37.5hpw)
Project Officer, RSPB Scotland. Glasgow office and home
Victoria Park Volunteer and Training Co-ordinator, Portsmouth City Council. Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth (Full Time, Fixed Term)
Partnership Officer, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. Dover (Full Time - Permanent)
Ecologists, Atmos Consulting Ltd. Inverness (permanent and seasonal, 6-8 month, posts)
2 x Lochwinnoch Reserves Assistants, RSPB Scotland. Lochwinnoch (3.5 month seasonal role)
Mountain Rangers, RSPB Scotland.  / Cairngorm Plateau. (Contract to end September 2022, full time: 37.5hpw)
Woodland Creation Officer, Nottinghamshire County Council. County Hall West Bridgford.
Head of Land Management, Severn Rivers Trust.  Home-based within the catchment (permanent)
River Restoration Officer, Severn Rivers Trust. Severn Vale or Warwickshire Avon (Full time, fixed term until September 2024 with the view to securing an extension)
Assistant River Restoration Officer, Severn Rivers Trust. Severn Vale or Warwickshire Avon (Full time, fixed term until September 2024 with the view to securing an extension)
Parks & Countryside Ranger, Rochdale Borough Council. Green Lane, Heywood (Permanent, 37hpw to incl weekends)
Conservation Grazing Manager, National Trust. North Devon Coast & Countryside Office, Baggy Point, Croyde (Permanent Contract)
Senior Specialist Marine Ornithologist, Natural England. National role – the successful candidate can work from any NE office, with some home-working (Contract: Permanent / Fixed Term)
Marine Ornithology Specialist, Natural England.  National role – the successful candidate can work from any NE office, with some home-working (Contract: Permanent / Fixed Term)



The jury may be out on long term volunteering placements and at what point volunteering becomes a proper job that deserves a proper salary and benefits but it is an unescapable fact that without our wonderful volunteers the countryside and wildlife sectors simply would not function.  Ahead of Volunteers Week (1-7 June) we're giving you an overview of the CJS Volunteers Directory. [more]


CJS Information 

As the CJS network grows we continue to make connections with many different organisations, details of three recent additions: We are a member of the Rural Services Network, Ordnance Survey promote GetOutside Day every September, we are supporters and CJS is proud to support the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital [more]

logo: CIEEM Awards Sponsor 2022

CJS was delighted to be invited to sponsor the new University Department/Programme of the Year category in this year's CIEEM Awards, the shortlist was announced last month

Friday 22 April was Earth Day and we wrote about how CJS justifies our ethical business tag: Tread lightly on the Earth and leave nothing but footprints
CJS has always tried to be a low impact business, using recycled paper and inks long before it was fashionable to do so, indeed in the early days it wasn't always easy to obtain sustainable, environmentally friendly products.
We also reminded readers about the new Sustainability jobs page
: In March we launched a new sector on CJS Online specifically for Sustainability vacancies, these are roles involving a significant element of sustainability. It covers: net zero, nature recovery, biodiversity net gain, nature based solutions and nature capital projects. Green and environment jobs such as composting, waste reduction, recycling initiatives; working on or for energy production sites e.g. solar and wind farms are also listed hereRead the full article here.

Free student subscriptions - please share this one widely.
It's always a difficult time setting out looking for your first 'real' job in a profession that you hope is going to sustain you, body and soul, for the rest of your working life. Here at CJS we appreciate that this wonderful, amazing sector can even more difficult to get started in. To help our next generation of rangers, ecologists, wildlife warriors, landscape managers and environmental educators CJS offers all new graduates and current students a full year's subscription to CJS Weekly completely free of charge. More information here and no obligation sign up is here 

Features and In Depth Features

For UN World Day for Safety and Health at Work: Importance of health and safety in countryside work by Demelza Lowe, Managing Director / Owner of Lowe Maintenance Training.
Unfortunately, every year there are still work-related deaths of people working within the countryside, including in farming, arboriculture, forestry,
conservation, landscaping, game-keeping and utility services. In 2020/2021 there were 41 fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector. The number of deaths has increased; therefore, we need to do more to stay safe at work. Find out how to keep yourself and your colleagues safe. [more]
From the Ramblers for National Walking Month: The future for protecting right of way as 2026 deadline to register historic paths is dropped by Jack Cornish, Head of Paths for the Ramblers. 
After four years working on the Ramblers Don’t Lose Your Way campaign, the UK Government’s announcement that it intends to scrap the 2026 cut-off date for registering historic paths in England comes as a huge relief, for us and our team of fantastic volunteers who have been racing to save thousands of miles of rights of way at risk of being lost forever.  [more]

Generation Wild: Inspiring the next generation of nature lovers By Mark Stead, National Learning Manager at WWT writing for Outdoor Classroom Day on 9 May
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has recently launched Generation Wild project. Marking a significant departure from previous work, evaluation of the programmes was showing that whilst the sessions covered key areas of the curriculum and children were having a great day out the message wasn't really getting across, changing hearts and minds and thus Generation Wild was created. Read on to find out what's different. [more]

Job Profile: Connecting the Dragons Project Officer with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) (wildlife Charity) covering South and mid Wales inclusive. Find out what this intriguingly title job actually does [more] Whilst CJS doesn’t want to turn away any genuine potential countryside workers we do want people to know it's not all sunshine and roses. Our job profiles are written by people actually working in the field explaining exactly what the job entails, the qualifications and skills they need and offering a little advice to people looking at a similar career.  If you would like to submit a profile of your job role there are more details here.


CJS Focus

Last Edition: CJS Focus on Volunteering is in affiliation with the Association of Volunteer Managers. 

Can you nurture bussing new recruits?

Next Edition: CJS Focus on Employability. Due for publication on Monday 23 May, watch out for update on our social media streams. it will be included in full in next month's edition of CJS Professional.

Deadline TOMORROW (Friday 13/5)

Highlight the work you do and shout about it with an advert in CJS Focus on Employability.
Got a job to advertise? Get extra coverage. Offer training? – it’s free. Just 5 minutes secures your advert which is then sent out to approx. 100,000 people working in wildlife, environmental & countryside conservation. Find out more here.


Several Bank Holidays mean that this month's news is slightly shorter than usual but still full of all the latest updates.

An innovative new partnership between Guide Dogs UK and RZSS at Edinburgh seeking to make spaces better for visually impaired people and Groundwork is looking at how to make our sector more diverse and welcoming to all with their Growing Green Careers Report. World curlew day was on 21 April and there are two stories relating to curlew populations. However, there's lots of news about successful nesting by herons, sea eagles, osprey eggs laid at Loch of the Lowes and the first osprey nesting attempt in southern England for 200 years. And finally much deserved recognition for everyone's environment champion as David Attenborough receives the UN’s most distinguished environment award, the Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award.



Calendar of events and short courses occurring in July 2022 plus additions made over the past month.



Ecology Training UK’s Certificate in Conservation Management



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 9 June

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

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