CJS Professional: December edition

 CJS Christmas card: flowering snowdrops in snow Happy Christmas from the CJS Team. Click here to see the card in full.

Our Christmas card this year has been chosen as a symbol of hope and optimism; the sturdy snowdrop, not as fragile as it looks and, according to Alfred Lord Tennyson, the prophet of better times.   

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)

Managing Director, Future Nature WTC. Based: The Lodge, Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4XT initially & home working (Contract: Permanent, full time (37.5 hours per week))

People and Wildlife Officer, Hertfordshire County Council. Hudnall Park (Fixed Term Contract Until 31st May 2023, 37 hpw)

Sevenoaks Greensand Commons Project Officer, Kent Wildlife Trust. Based at: Sevenoaks – Sevenoaks District Council’s Argyle Road Offices (Contract type: Fixed term until 30th June 2022, 4dpw / 30 hpw)

Sevenoaks Greensand Commons People Engagement Officer, Kent Wildlife Trust. Based at: Sevenoaks – Sevenoaks District Council’s Argyle Road Offices (Contract type: Fixed term until 30th June 2022 15hpw)

RHS Specialist Horticultural Placements (SHP), Royal Horticultural Society.  RHS Gardens: Bridgewater, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, and Wisley. (one year (fixed term) 37.5 hpw)

RHS Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice Students, Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Wisley (two years fixed-term 37.5 hpw)

Forestry Consultant, Lockhart Garratt Ltd. Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire (Position Type: Full time)

Forest Manager - North Scotland, Scottish Woodlands Ltd. North East Scotland, based Fochabers

Heathlands Senior Specialist, Natural England. This position can be based at any Natural England site. (Permanent. Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share )

Ecological Consultant, RSK ADAS Ltd. Kent/Sussex (Homebased)

Ecological Consultant / Senior Ecological Consultant, RSK ADAS Ltd. Cardiff

Skilled Machine Operative , RSK ADAS Ltd.

Environment GIS Technician, Forestry England. Based at our head office at Lyndhurst or Bucks Horn Oak Office in Farnham, with travel across the District (Two-year fixed-term contract)

Dungeness NNR Ranger, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership. (Permanent - Full Time)

Maintenance Officer, Field Studies Council. Location: Preston Montford, Shrewsbury (Permanent, 35 hpw)

Business Development Manager, Field Studies Council. Base negotiable. (Full Time, Permanent)

Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) Projects and Programme Delivery Officer, Kent County Council. Invicta House, Maidstone (Permanent Full Time, 37hpw)

West Berkshire Wild Verges Project Officer, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Based: Newbury, between BBOWT’s office at Estovers and Market Street West Berks Council Offices, with some home-working and field working required. (Fixed term, March 2021 to December 2023, full time 35hpw)

Forest Craftsperson, Forestry England. Hamsterley Forest, County Durham


Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles

Horticultural Operative Apprenticeships (L2), Royal Horticultural Society.  RHS Gardens: Bridgewater, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, and Wisley. (Two years (fixed term) 37.5 hpw)

Level 3 Landscape/Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship (L3), Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Rosemoor. (Three years (fixed term) 37.5 hpw)


CJS Information 

Logo: Campaign for National Parks We're delighted to introduce our Featured Charity for 2021: Campaign for National Parks.

Introducing Campaign for National Parks – small team, big impact

Without Campaign for National Parks, National Parks may not exist here in the UK. It started off in the 1936 as the Standing Committee on National Parks which was instrumental in the creation of the first – and then subsequent – National Parks in England and Wales in the 1950s. It went on to become the Council for National Parks before evolving into Campaign for National Parks (CNP) in 2008.

We're looking forward to reading their articles thorughout 2021, read their first introductory piece here


Developing the conservation workforce of the future

Only 27% of employers across all sectors offer work experience yet 74% expect potential employees to have experience – how are people supposed to get that experience?   Late on Friday (4/12) afternoon Brian Heppenstall delivered an amazing talk on developing the future conservation workforce. This is the one to watch if your organisation is looking to include work placements as a recruitment method.  Facebook live session from 4 December - recording available. [more]  or dive straight into the session here.  


Facebook Live session  with Richard Dodd of Wildwood Ecology on 13 January. Richard says “Many ecologists find it hard to gain their first job or develop themselves professionally because their “real lives” have gotten in the way. [more]

CMA launch FREE Student Starter Membership for one year The Countryside Management Association have launched a new membership category, offering FREE Student Starter Membership to those in full- or part-time education, including apprenticeships, for one year. [more]


Features and In Depth Features

A bat’s best friend. Rachael at Paws for Conservation introduces us to her Super Conservation team of detection dogs and outlines typical search day on a wind farm explaining what they do and the imoprtance of the work. [more ]

Top tips: Encouraging children to get outdoors. It’s no secret that spending time outdoors is good for your health, it’s great for your well being and is a real boost for your energy levels. But sometimes getting children outdoors to reap some of these rewards can be easier said than done. So, whether you work with them or have your own, the Youth Adventure Trust have put together some top tips for getting children and young people out enjoying the great outdoors. [more ]

New citizen science app will help restore UK sand dunes. The Dynamic Dunescapes app makes it easier for volunteers to record data, and for site managers to build long-term environmental data sets across nationwide project. [more ]

Getting ahead in ecology: what many ecologists don’t know they don’t know… ByEllie Benton-Best & Dr Kayleigh Fawcett Williams of #CareerEcologists

Consultant ecologists face some unique challenges in progressing their careers. We have been exploring some of these challenges in our recent survey and the results are surprising. In this article, we share with you some of our findings. [more ]

Welsh Wildlife during lockdown - survey reveals how nature responded.

In early July, Natural Resources Wales, the National Trust and the Snowdonia National Park Authority came together to contract a specialist to undertake surveys across seven sites, to assess exactly what was going on and how nature had responded to the unprecedented events of this year. These surveys would serve as a baseline so that future repetition would allow comparisons to be made. [more

Surrey Countryside Partnerships - for healthy habitats & people participation By Debbie Hescott, Partnership Development Officer

The Surrey Countryside Partnerships (SCP) provides a countryside management partnership service and has over 35 years of experience, working with the vital support of volunteers, within and for local communities. The SCP team maintain and restore local beautiful countryside areas and their habitats for biodiversity, wildlife, public access and enjoyment by all. [more ]

When the world stopped, nature was there for us by TCV.

TCV look at how their volunteering sessions had been suspended (In June), yet some of our TCV staff still carried on maintaining and caring for the green spaces (following social distancing rules) where so many of us found solace during lockdown and what they're doing now. [more ]


CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Volunteering - submit your adverts now.

Before we put ourselves in self-isolation in preparation for our Covid-safe Christmas Bubbles (why didn't the Government call them Baubles?) we'd like to remind you that the first edition of CJS Focus after the lockdown break is CJS Focus on Volunteering due for publication on 22 February in association with the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) with Parks Community UK.

The deadline for advertising is 13 February but we're accepting adverts now [more] or your advert online here for general adverts or here for specific posts



Four stories this month provoking a lot of response:
New national parks and thousands of green jobs under plans to build back greener with the launch of an £80m fund.  The Scottish Government's response to the Werrity report made for a very busy news day,  New grants and subsidies for farmers to replace CAP and Marine Protection Areas designated in Scotland and England also generated lots of opinions.



Calendar of events and short courses occurring in February 2021  Plus additions to long courses and providers made over the past month.


The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 14 January 2021

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 11 January