CJS Professional: October 2022 edition

CJS Professional

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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40 adverts for posts included in this edition.
Please note adverts are deleted as they reach the closing date.

Scroll down or click here to see more information on this month's vacancies


CJS Information 

Everyone want to be happy - and that includes at work.
The last few years have made many people reassess their lives and change what or how they work and even before the pandemic and lockdowns
work-life balance was high on the agenda for lots of employees and employers alike. 19-25 September was International Happiness at Work Week.  [more]

We haven't reminded you recently that you can advertise totally free with CJS.  Find out more

logo: Countryside Classroom

The final article from this year's Featured Charity :
Look out for Countryside Classroom’s new Farm Visits page

Once you have taken pupils to a farm it is easy to see the range of benefits gained from such visits: pupils often talk about what they saw and experienced for many months after. In the final article from our 2022 featured charity Countryside Classroom we find out about the new Farm Visits page they have developed with lots of partners in a bid to provide as many children as possible with the chance to learn more about where food comes from. [more]

Features and In Depth Features

Creating and restoring new habitat or accidentally spreading plant pests and pathogens? By Ruth Mitchell, Plant and Soil Ecologist
We are experiencing an exponential increase in non-native plant pests and pathogens due to increased global trade and climate change which are causing substantial economic losses. Ruth considers the impact of these pests and diseases on agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries but also natural environment and looks at how the pests/pathogens can cause serious ecological damage.  She discusses how those involved in habitat restoration or creation view the risks posed by plant pests and pathogens and what people currently do to reduce those risks. [more]

Royal Agricultural University offers new scholarships for applicants from under-represented minority ethnic communities By Bryher Grimes, Communications Manager
The The Royal Agricultural University is determined that ethnic background should not present a barrier for people who wish to study or work in the land-based sector. We need diversity in all the industries. With climate change being the huge threat that it is we really need new ideas to keep the world moving in the right direction. Find out more about the scholarships offered. [more]

Organisation profile: Initiative for Nature Conservation Cymru (INCC) Filling In the Gaps By Rob Parry, Chief Executive Officer
The Initiative for Nature Conservation Cymru (INCC) was founded in 2018 as a charitable incorporated organisation. Our vision is of ‘a Wales with more wildlife in more places, created by a society that intrinsically values the natural world’.INCC was formed in response to the growing need for a truly independent nature conservation organisation for Wales. An organisation that was able to speak out and challenge environmental decision makers to do more for wildlife. [more]

“Do you have any questions?” - why we should all be vetting potential employers By Hanna Rennie, Conservation Officer/Countryside Ranger
Many of you will be able to identify with Hanna. Between September and December 2021, she applied for 16 jobs and was offered 15 interviews, 1 of them she really wanted but didn’t think she would get…and was successful! But she asks how many of us recognise the importance of ‘vetting’ potential employers? Do you consider it an important element of job seeking? Read more about Hanna’s journey and her top tips on how to ensure you’re happy with the employer that chooses you.  [more]

Criminal activity against wildlife By Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, National Hare Coursing Lead, Lincolnshire Police
Hare Coursing is illegal in the UK yet criminals continue to partake in what they see as a sport. In 2019 the 12 forces that reported the highest volumes of Hare Coursing came together with the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and agreed a coordinated approach – #operationgalileo. Phil Vickers talks about what forces are doing to reduce the incidences via #operationgalileo. There are major impacts on human victims, but the harm caused to hares is unthinkable. [more]

Every day is a school day says Debs Carter, Countryside Ranger
Debs Carter has been a Countryside Ranger for over 3 years, a career changer, she puts training & the right training high up on the list of reasons for howshe’s managed to succeed in the conservation sector where others haven’t. Debs has been  described as an excitable puppy at times! But her enthusiasm and drive got her the job in the end after career changing in her 50’s. The route has been hard but Debs attributes the correct training to her success. During Adult Learners Week (1-8 September) we found out more

The British Mycological Society and UK Fungus Day By Dr Emma Thompson, British Mycological Society
Do you have a glut of field mushrooms in the fields around you, there are loads near the CJS offices. Obviously, we only pick the ones we can identify. And to help you identify them check out British Mycological Society and all the resources they have for #UKFungusDay which was Saturday 8 October.  Find out more about the British Mycological Society, established for over 125 years this organisation has so many ways you can get involved with fungi. [more]

CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Working with Wildlife, in association with The Wildlife Trusts, PUBLISHED ON MONDAY.  Read it in full here.

Features from CJS Focus on Employability. 
Congratulations! You have been selected to attend an interview. Richard Dodd at the Ecology Academy guides us through how to be successful at interview. More information here or read the article here.
How To Move On and Up, Antony Geddes, Associate Landscape Manager at The Environment Partnership runs us through his journey up the career ladder. More information here or read the article here.



Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Ii was patron of many charities and organisations, we include a round up of some of the statements from them issued on after her death.
Nature campaigners hit out at plans to drop retained EU laws for protecting the environment stating it's a backwards step for the UK in fighting the climate and nature crisis. there's updated guidance for mitigating the impact of avian flu and there's bad news for chaffinches and capercaillie. the Wild Woodbury rewilding project 1300 species have been counted after only one year.
Lots of new funding announced: £110m fund to level up rural communities unveiled by Defra, Heritage Fund UK sharing £15.6 million in funding between eleven projects boosting natural heritage across the UK.
And finally the incredible sighting of a pine marten in London and good news for harvest mice and beavers



Coaching for Countryside Professionals By Adrian Banford, The Environmentor
Adrian is looking for people to participate in his Masters research - if you have been involved in any mentoring or coaching think about getting involved.  [more]
Calendar of events and short courses occurring in December plus additions made over the past month.
The NBN Conference 2022 is taking place as a fully face to face event on Wednesday 9 November in the Flett Theatre at the Natural History Museum in London. [more]


Oliver Firth: Topo Land Surveys Ltd - Reliable, Efficient, Reasonable


Jobs - full details

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

Warden - Belfast Reserves, RSPB Northern Ireland. Based Belfast
Sustainable Buildings Officer, Devon Wildlife Trust. Cricklepit Mill (Full time permanent)
Fire Ranger, RSPB. RSPB Dove Stone Nature Reserve, Manchester (Full time 37.5 hpw fixed term to September 2025)
Ranger, National Trust. Flatford Bridge, East Bergholt (Permanent)
Site Manager - Eastern Solent Reserves, RSPB. Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve, Chichester (Permanent, full time 37.5 hpw)
Estate Maintenance Worker / Ghillie, Reay Forest Estate / Grosvenor. North West Highlands
Warden - Mainland Orkney Reserves, RSPB Scotland. Stromness office, Orkney (Permanent, full time 37.5hpw)
Wetlands Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Surrey
Warden - North West Norfolk Reserves, RSPB. RSPB Titchwell Marsh (Fixed term November 2022 - November 2023, full time 37.5hpw)
Woodland & Greenspace Officer, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust. Based Swanston, Edinburgh (Permanent full time 35hpw but would consider 28hpw for ideal candidate)
Senior Site Manager, RSPB Scotland. Forsinard Flows Reserve, Caithness & Sutherland (Permanent, full time 37.5hpw)
Assistant Countryside Ranger, South Somerset District Council. Ham Hill Country Park (Permanent 37hpw, some evening & weekend work may be required)
Policy Officer, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Romsey/flexible
Project Manager - Uist Native Wildlife Project, RSPB Scotland. Balranald (12 months fixed term. 37.5 hpw)
Communications and Digital Officer, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip. (full time two year fixed term contract
Project Manager - Saving Morvern's Rainforest, RSPB Scotland. Glasgow (Two year fixed term, full time 37.5hpw)
Landscape Recovery Manager, The Magdalen Environmental Trust. Magdalen Farm, near Chard
Assistant Warden - Wiltshire Chalk Country, RSPB. RSPB Winterbourne Downs
Ranger, National Trust. Erddig Hall, Wrexham
Project Manager, RSPB. Purfleet – Rainham Marshes (Fixed term contract to March 2023. 37.5hpw)
Volunteer Development Officer / Outdoor Learning Officer, Under the Trees Ltd. Grangemouth (Two year fixed term, possible extension subject to funding, 16hpw)
Assistant Warden - Oronsay, RSPB Scotland. Oronsay
Nature Recovery Officer, Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.  (37hpw)
Project Officer - Species on the Edge - Argyll and Inner Hebrides, RSPB Scotland. Argyll Islands. (4 years fixed term contract)
Working Wetlands Habitats Assistant, Devon Wildlife Trust. Cookworthy, near Halwill Junction.
Head of Land Acquisition and Estate Management Programme, RSPB. Flexible in UK. (Permanent, full time 37.5hpw)
Agriculture Regulatory Inspection Officer - East Anglia (3 posts), Environment Agency. East Anglia
Warden - Insh Marshes, RSPB Scotland. Insh Marshes, Kingussie (Permanent full time 37.5hpw)
Trails and Access Officer – North, Cotswolds National Landscape. Head Office is currently based in Northleach but the team are moving to new locations in 2023.  Remote and flexible working will be considered. (Permanent part time, 22.5 hpw)
Conservation Officer (Finance & Business), RSPB. Burung Indonesia office in Bogor, West Java (nr Jakarta) (2 year contract)
Gardener, Babraham Research Campus. Cambridge
Monitoring Assistant - Hope Farm, RSPB. Cambridge (Permanent full time 37.5hpw)
Ranger, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. Shorncliffe Barracks, Folkestone (Permanent, full time)
Senior Conservation Scientist - Monitoring Science, RSPB. Flexible in UK. (Flexible working, permanent 37.5hpw but reduced / part-time or non-standard work patterns welcome)
Woodland Creation Officer, North Devon Biosphere Foundation. Devon.
Ranger, National Trust. Trelissick Garden, Truro (Fixed term to 31/03/23)
Conservation Finance Principal, RSPB. Flexible in England - Hybrid WFH - Part-Time or Full-Time (24 month contract)
Partnership Projects Officer, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust. Swanston, Edinburgh. Edinburgh (Permanent full time 35hpw but would consider 28hpw for ideal candidate)
Nature Conservation Grazing Manager, Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Working from multiple bases across the County (Full time 37.5hpw)
Ecologist, Surrey Wildlife Trust Ecology Services. Surrey.



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 10 November

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