CJS Professional: May 2021

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/professional  (you may need to refresh your browser)

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

Ecology roles , FPCR. Derby & Dorking
Landscape Operatives , ATM. Weston Super Mare (Full-time, permanent)
Assistant Forest Manager - South Scotland , Scottish Woodlands. Melrose
Site Foreman / Supervisor x 2 , Oliver Brown Ltd. Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Senior Ecological Consultant – South Hampshire / West Sussex , Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. Home-based within the South team (Permanent)
Countryside Management Ranger , Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust. Rousay (12mth contract, 30hpw)
Site Manager , RSPB. Gwenffrwd-dinas
Wood White Project Officer , Butterfly Conservation. Home-based (Fixed term - one year, part time 0.6fte, flexible)
Investigations Intelligence Officer , RSPB. Flexible - Scotland or Homeworking (Maternity cover up to 12mths)
Ecological Surveyor , Gwent Wildlife Trust. Home and travel throughout Gwent (12mth full-time contract, until July 2022)
Countryside Ranger , Leeds City Council. Leeds (22.2 hours per week, fixed term to May 2023)
Operations Coordinator (South East England) , BASC. South Eastern Regional Office (20hrs per week)
Haywarden, Chalfont St Peter Parish Council. Chalfont St Peter (Full time)
Stockperson / Ranger , Wadhurst Park. Wadhurst, East Sussex
Habitats & Heritage Project Officer , The Prospects Foundation. Accrington (22.20hpw over 3 days)
Reserves Manager , The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Bridgend or Brecon (35hpw with flexi/ TOIL)
Harvesting Works Supervisor , Forestry England. Micheldever, Hampshire
Professional Development Coordinator (Training) , Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM). Ampfield, nr Romsey (with significant flexibility for home working) (Full time)
Head of Conservation , The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Cardigan, Bridgend or Brecon (35hpw with flexi/ TOIL)
Wilder Kent Volunteer Officer , Kent Wildlife Trust. Kent (Permanent)
Head of Research Scotland , Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. Deeside
Farm Advisor , Ribble Rivers Trust. Clitheroe
Wilder Kent Education Officer , Kent Wildlife Trust. Kent (Permanent)
Lower Wye Nature Recovery Officer , Monmouthshire County Council. Monmouth (Full time, temporary for 12mths)
Assistant Ranger x 2 , Durham County Council. Wharton Park (Full time, permanent & casual)
Supporter Adviser – Membership x 3, RSPB. Sandy, Beds

Freelance, Self-employed and contracts

Freelance Ecologists, RSK Biocensus. All over the UK (Short- and long-term contracts)

Conservation Grazing Trainee, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Surrey (35hpw, short term contract to 31st March 2022)


Darenth Area Volunteer Trainee Warden x 2, Kent Wildlife Trust. Darenth, Kent (Fixed term of 11 mths)



27 adverts for voluntary posts added to the website this month

Barbastelle - a Bat Citizen Science Opportunity with Vincent Wildlife Trust. Take part, from mid-May to August. [more]
Elan Links is always on the look out for volunteers to help tell the story of the valley. [more]


CJS Focus

The next edition due for publication on 20 September will be CJS Focus on Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity in association with CIEEM. Suggestions for content or offers to write an article welcome, contact Amy


CJS Focus Features and In Depth Articles

Working together to save England’s declining Curlews
A key aim of the Curlew Recovery Partnership is to connect Curlew conservationists across England and to disseminate the latest news and resources – we want to empower those who want to help. [more ]


Telling the Stories of the Elan Valley and Rhayader

Elan Links is an innovative Heritage Lottery and partner funded scheme investing nearly £3.4million into the Elan Valley near Rhayader in Powys, Wales. Elan Valley is a very special place with an unique landscape, story and history stretching back over 4,000 years. [more ]


What is permaculture? with the Permaculture Association

Infinite growth, reckless consumption, eroding soils, concreting over precious habitats. Mental ill health, loneliness, social deprivation. The symptoms are plain for us to see. The solutions? They are also hiding in plain sight. Permaculture teaches a collaboration with land and nature. A concept originating in Australia in the 1970s, it provides a set of tools to add to your toolkit. Design thinking, with practical techniques and wide applications. [more ]


Water Safety Management Issues for the Conservation Sector (First Aid for water safety) with First Aid Training Co-operative
Safety for staff working in or near is a major issue for everyone in our sector and robust risk assessments are one of the key ways to reduce the chance of accidents and incident occurring. Mitigation around working with water includes working in teams, good planning, communications on site, time of year, checking weather forecasts, and a final layer of safety should be correct PPE footwear (boots/waders), lifejackets, vinyl gloves, a spare flask with a hot drink and spare clothes etc. [more ]


Leaving a legacy, looking to the future
One element of working with the next generation is BASC’s Legacy Funded Scholarship Programme. The programme aims to support and encourage those wishing to develop their knowledge in conservation, land management or gamekeeping. It provides financial assistance to applicants where lack of funding obstructs education and future careers. [more ]


How productive gardening can help wildlife (and measures large scale producers are taking)

By Judith Conroy, Wildlife Gardening Forum Trustee & Researcher, Coventry University's Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) for the Wildlife Gardening Forum

The UK's gardens are a significant habitat, forming a network of green spaces through towns and cities, and there are measures gardeners can take to nurture wildlife on their own a little piece of the natural world. Most gardeners who produce their own fruit and vegetables will aim to grow a wide variety of crops, so the productive garden is normally diverse; a wide range of vegetables, flowers, trees and bushes, compost heaps and other areas, results in a patchwork of spaces for wildlife – a polyculture. [more ]


Future Parks Accelerator Naturally Birmingham – Bringing the green sector to life

In 2019 Birmingham won a place on a new initiative to enhance the future of its parks and green spaces. In the first project of its kind in the UK, Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is designed to help councils find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities. [more ]


Weighing up the benefits of volunteering - An opinion piece from a long term subscriber to CJS Weekly

Weighing up the positives and negatives of volunteering in countryside management can be more complex than one might first imagine. Like so many people who have chosen a career in a sector which can be satisfying, challenging, extremely rewarding (not to mention frustrating, difficult and underfunded) and from the outside hugely desirable – I began my career as a volunteer with my local ‘Friends of’ group. I have fond memories as a school kid carting barrow loads of stone, learning to pull Himalayan Balsam, and practising the art of hammering staples without nailing my own finger to a post! [more ]


Saving song birds with science – a look at their decline in the UK and the latest research to provide possible solutions with Songbird Survival

Song birds are in alarming decline with overall numbers fewer than half, compared to fifty years ago. Extinction remains a real threat for species such as nightingales (down 93%) and willow tits (down 94%) which have been part of our landscape and heritage for centuries. At this time of year, the wonderful songs of the dawn chorus remind us of the remarkable birds we live alongside, but the volume is sadly diminishing. [more ]


Sunday 9 May was World Migratory Bird Day so in celebration we thought we would find out what the job of being a bird ringer entails.

Aron Sapsford is an Ornithological Warden with Manx Wildlife Trust at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory on the Isle of Man [more ]


CJS Information and other articles

Countryside Jobs Service is a business you can trust - and we have the Right paperwork to prove it!
After a couple of quite blatant attempts to copy everything that CJS does, including the name we decided that it was time to protect Countryside Jobs Service and applied to register the CJS name, the logo and a couple of other uniquely CJS trademarks like CJS Weekly. [more]
An update on advertising jobs with CJS.

Why should you advertise a non-countryside job with a countryside jobs site? Quite simply because adverts with CJS produce the best candidates. NEW: Discounted rates for advertising roles within new sectors for CJS. [more]


A new style, but not that different, CJS Daily Update email sent out for the first time in April.
We've upgraded the software we use to create the email and as a result the new email is more flexible, we can include more pictures, it's slightly neater and should work on all devices but it's still definitely a CJS publication. In fact it's very like this one - but more often! [more]


Wake up to Lyme – May is International Lyme Disease Awareness Month [more]


This month sees the release of the first 'State of the UK's woods and trees' report from Woodland Trust and it's not great news. There are reports about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch findings and GWCT biggest ever farmland bird count. A new major study from Natural England shows the importance of nature in reaching net zero and RSPB reports that many threatened species had a bumper year on their reserves in 2020.



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


Grants and sources of funding

Open until June, BASC is offering scholarships which aim to support and encourage those wishing to develop their knowledge in conservation, land management or gamekeeping. [more]

The Sustainable Development Fund is open to applications for projects that benefit the Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Deadline 17 May [more]



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

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