CJS Professional: August 2020

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Title, Employer, Location:, Basis: (contract details if known)
General Estate Worker,Stair Estates. southwest Scotland
Senior Ecologist, MacArthur Green. primarily based in our office in the west end of Glasgow but open to home working.
Cannock Chase SAC Project Officer, Stafford Borough Council. (37 hours per week, fixed term contract until 11 June 2023)
Community Park Ranger, Central Bedfordshire Council. Houghton Regis (Full Time)
Senior Ranger, The Greensand Trust. Rushmere Country Park, Ampthill Great Park and Maulden Wood. (Normal working hours are based upon you working 2,080 hours per 52-week calendar year)
Training, Networking & Skills Officer,  The Greensand Trust. The Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood, Haynes West End, Beds MK45 3UZ (12 month fixed term to Sept 2021, 1950 hours per annum (37.5 hours/week on average) )
Facilities & Activities Development Manager, The Greensand Trust. Primarily based at Rushmere Country Park, but this role relates to all Greensand Trust facilities. (Contract: Annualised. There are no fixed working hours. Normal working hours are based upon you working 2,080 hours per 52-week calendar year)
Foreman, Chainsaw Operators, Fencers & General Operatives,  Knighton Countryside Management. Work on jobs in Dorset and across southern England/Wales. (Immediate start)
Senior Ecologist, Ecolocation. Warwickshire (home-based) (Full time/part time/flexible – options available)
Conservation Adviser - Turtle Dove, RSPB. Suffolk (full time, 18 month contract)
Social Media and Community Manager (2 roles),  RSPB. Bedfordshire (Full time, permanent)
Panshanger Park People & Wildlife Officer,  Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Verulamium Park on the outskirts of St Albans. (Five year fixed term contract with possibility of extension)
Programme Officer- Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Partnership,  Natural England.  Newcastle (Fixed-term until 31st December 2022. 37hpw)
SEMS Project Manager,  Medway Council. Medway, situated in Kent in the South-East of England
Wilder Landscapes Officer– Expression of Interest, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Woods Mill (Henfield) and homeworking, with travel across Sussex (10 month to 1 year fix termed contract (secondments are welcomed) 35 hpw)

It's lovely to see some volunteer positions beginning to return.  Eight adverts for voluntary roles have been posted this month - remember you can advertise voluntary roles free of charge online and in CJS Weekly.
Additions made in July, 1 new listings

Latest news from our featured charityThe Mammal Society: The IUCN Red List of Britain’s Mammals
If you happened to be watching or listening to the news at the end of July you may have heard Mammal Society Chair, Professor Fiona Mathews, discussing the worsening situation for Britain’s at-risk mammal populations. Fiona was interviewed to talk about the publication of the IUCN Red List of those native British mammals which are at risk of extinction. [more ]

Communication Breakdown by Salar Media Services
As protected landscapes and the rural economy re-open after lockdown, sustainable communications consultant Mark Sutcliffe explains the importance of clear messaging in managing visitors …and their expectations. [more ]

TreeTalk - connecting residents to their local urban nature
TreeTalk London, a website designed to help explore London’s trees has made simple walking journeys both eye-opening and engaging for its users. [more ]

Tiny Forests – super tiny and super strong. written by Beth Pudifoot & Victor Beumer
Urbanisation is on an upward and exponential trajectory; by 2050 it is estimated that over two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. Earthwatch Europe  has an innovative approach to nature-based solutions: Tiny Forest  [more ]

Written for World Ranger Day (31 July): A Day as a Rangerby Paul McNeill
As a ranger, I am often told (during the summer months at least) how lucky I am, normally whilst emptying a dog bin, which often amuses me as anyone else who has emptied a dog bin on a hot, sunny day will testify to - Dog poo and scented dog poo bags! Whose idea was that? Funny how no one communicates that in January when the dew-drop on my nose is frozen and I cannot feel the hammer across my thumb. [more]

The Increase in Road Verge Wilding and the Role of Native Flora By Joshua Styles, NWRPI Project Co-ordinator and Ecologist
Although our verges may be poorly managed by and large, the tides are turning; local authorities across the UK are adopting a shift in management. Many local authorities have adopted positive changes in management simply by mowing less, and mowing later, acting on sound ecological advice. However, other authorities, including Rotherham Council, have made less desirable changes, replacing grassy verges and central reservations with non-native displays, perversely repackaging these mixes as a form of ‘restoration’. [more ]

Grow your own food security? The hidden potential of urban horticulture   By Dr Jill Edmonson, EPSRC Living with Environmental Change Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our food supply chains as never before. The empty supermarket shelves that marked the early stages of lockdown prompted many of us to recognise the UK’s reliance on imports and just-in-time deliveries for the first time. As we look towards recovery, building a more resilient food system is crucial – and we can make a start in our own backyards. [more ]

Norfolk’s celebration of nature by Reserves Officer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Robert Morgan
On 27 July Norfolk Wildlife Trust joined with other organisations to celebrate ‘Norfolk Day’. This annual event was an opportunity for people to rejoice in their favourite aspects of the county. NWT also took the opportunity to ask people to join us in celebration of the counties natural heritage. [more ]

Froglife is Leaping forward for Dementia
Aside from working to conserve our native reptile and amphibian species, at Froglife we strive to connect disadvantaged groups with nature – those facing barriers to getting outdoors and engaged with wildlife. Since 2018, one particular focus has been providing opportunities for people living with dementia. We run projects in Glasgow, in Somerset, we are setting up another in London in 2020, as well as developing others across the UK. [more ]

The Countryside Alliance’s Countryside Clean-up 19th – 20th September 2020
Following the success of last year’s Countryside Clean-up, the Countryside Alliance is once again asking for your support to get out and clean up the countryside. [more ]

The Joys of Moth-ing by Dr Zoe Randle, Senior Surveys Officer
Moth Night is the annual celebration of moths and moth recording. It is organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The arrival of Moth Night every year (this year from 27 – 29 August) serves as a timely reminder of the joy to be had in moth-ing and also of just how easy it can be to study these amazing creatures. The great appeal of moth recording is that you don’t have to go anywhere in particular to find numerous species. An average garden can be home to a couple of hundred species. [more ]

From small seeds, big eelgrass meadows grow by Dr Mel Broadhurst-Allen
Alderney Wildlife Trust and their work on discovering and conserving one of their most important marine habitats! [more ]

Saving Wildcats – the road to wildcat recovery in Scotland by David Barclay – Ex-situ Conservation Manager, Saving Wildcats
Wildcats in Scotland (Felis silvestris silvestris) are one of the UK’s most iconic, and most endangered, species. Once widespread across the UK, estimates now suggest only one hundred individuals may remain, and all in Scotland.  Saving Wildcats is an exciting development for wildcat conservation. Dedicated to wildcat restoration in the Scottish Highlands, this is the first wildcat recovery project in the UK that focuses on conservation breeding for release. Saving Wildcats provides, arguably, the last hope for the wildcat in Scotland. [more ]

A National Nature Service by Richard Benwell, Chief Executive at Wildlife and Countryside Link
With unemployment expected to double as a result of covid-19, Wildlife & Countryside Link and its partners are proposing a “National Nature Service”: a Government-sponsored employment and training programme, providing paid work in environmental improvement.  Reshaping our countryside: Yet although we are starting from a much more managed and regulated landscape, the scale of change needed in our landscape is arguably even greater today than it was in 1930s America. A green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic means a recovery that will make our economy more resilient to future environmental risks and that will need serious change.  [more ]

International Youth Day – Young People in Conservation by Emily Seccombe
Today, environmental issues attracts more youth activism than perhaps any other topic. Youth activism is incredibly important in raising awareness and setting agendas , as Greta Thunberg has shown. I’m thankful for the youth-focussed conservation organisations in the UK that I’ve been able to get involved with, as part of my own journey in conservation. As it’s International Youth Day, this piece highlights some of the fantastic nature-based projects and organisations that are youth-led or youth-focussed. [more ]

CJS extends a helping hand, bounceback offers - the green shoots of recovery.
Offers from CJS to help with recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. More information here and see the offers here.
CJS Weekly subscription offers
We know times are tough for everyone right now so CJS want to give every graduating student a graduation gift of a year's subscription to CJS Weekly. [more]
As a result of the National Trust's devasting announcement on 27 July of cost cutting meaures including potentially thousands of job losses we've open up the free subs offer to all those potentially affect by this.  [more information here, sign up form here]
We are the Countryside Jobs Service and we stand with the world's rangers.
Our post for World Ranger Day in 31 July. Read it here.

After over a year our Photography Competition is now closed for entries.
Now it the turn of readers to have their say in the Readers Choice Competition.  See the shortlist and vote now!
It's hard to believe but this is the last monthly winner of our Photography Competition - it's run for a little longer than originally intended due to the pause brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.  The July theme was Hidden Gems and we received some lovely photos, however, for once we found the decision quite easy and unanimously agreed that Jon Hayter's wonderful photo of a bat box full of brown long-eared bats was the clear winner. [more]

Can you help us by explaining what your job is all about?
As I'm sure you can imagine CJS is receiving many enquiries about changing careers and working in the countryside / outdoors / with animals. to hlep build up our library of resources we're asking if you would complete a job profile questionnaire about your working life [more]

Other Articles
Do you click on the website tab for safety information? written by AdventureSmart.UK
The recent peak in the number of avoidable callouts to Mountain Rescue and RNLI demonstrates the current need for a re-think in the way those of us who work in the outdoors communicate safety messages. [more]
This year (2020) International Bat Night is 29-30th August!
BAt conservation Trust has put together an International Bat Night Pack that you can download for free here: https://www.bats.org.uk/support-bats/international-bat-night ! Inside you will find ideas on how to celebrate bats, help bat conservation, further resources and more! [more info]

  • National Trust announces spending cuts and redundancies in face of coronavirus losses - National Trust
Green Recovery  
  • Reactions to the Chancellor’s mini budget announced on 8 July
Government Policy and Consultation plus responses
  • MPs to consider how the Government can enhance healthy ecosystems - Environmental Audit Committee
  • Launch of Planning for the future consultation to reform the planning system - Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Land and Countryside Management
  • New network to spearhead rapid rewilding across Britain - Rewilding Britain  
  • A Sustainable Stitch in Time: winning battles against invasive plants - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
  • New charter for open spaces - Open Spaces Society
  • Partnership working strategy for city’s street trees is unveiled - Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
New projects, Campaigns and Funding
  • Nature fund's latest £1.8m to save Scotland’s most threatened plants and wildlife - Scottish Natural Heritage
Recreation and Health
  • More people spending time outdoors. New survey reveals importance of nature to Scotland’s recovery from Covid-19 - Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Rare tick-borne infections diagnosed in England - Public Health England
  • Pollution, Sustainablity, Climate Change, Pollution and Litter
  • Young farmers challenged to find net zero solutions in new competition - National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs
  • Countryside holds key to tackling the climate emergency - CPRE
  • New campaign launched in face of littering epidemic in parks - Keep Britain Tidy
Scientific Research, Results and Publications
  • New experiment tests link between nature and wellbeing - UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Debate needed on the potential culling of crows and foxes to protect Europe's declining ground-nesting birds - University College Dublin
  • Green light for ground-breaking bovine TB vaccine field trials - Defra
  • Tree planting does not always boost ecosystem carbon stocks, study finds - University of Stirling
Animal and wildlife news
  • Bad news from our Featured Charity: One quarter of native mammals now at risk of extinction in Britain - Mammal Society
  • England’s first reintroduced Pine Martens have kits! - Forestry England
  • Government says beavers can stay in their Devon home - Devon Wildlife Trust
  • 30-year anniversary of landmark release of red kites in the Chiltern Hills - Natural England
Recently added online events and learning, both online courses and webinars and after a long break details of some face to face / on site courses.
Also updates and Additions to other sections of Training Directory this month.

Details of 3 new and updated listings.
SALAR MEDIA SERVICES : Sustainable Communications Consultancy   And read their article about the importance of communication [more]  

The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on:  10 September
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 7 September