CJS Professional: June 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)

Engagement Projects Officer, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Based at Robinswood Hill Country Park in Gloucester. (Fixed term until 31st March 2022 part time - 21hpw)
Community Woodland Ranger, Newbattle Abbey College. Dalkeith, EH22 3LL
Policy Officer - Sustainable Agriculture, RSPB. Belvoir Forest Park, Belfast. Option to work remotely. (To 31 May 2022, Full Time)
Nature Nurtures Project Officer, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Based at Robinswood Hill Country Park in Gloucester. (Fixed term until 31st March 2022, full time)
Health and Wellbeing Project Manager, RSPB. Flexible location. (1 year contract, 22.5 hpw)
Area Ranger, The Greensand Trust. Central Bedfordshire
Project Officer, West Cumbria Rivers Trust. Keswick, Cumbria (Two-year fixed term contract, full-time, 35hpw)
Abernethy Warden / Deer Stalker, RSPB. Abernethy Forest
Assistant Warden, RSPB. South Essex Reserves,  based at Wat Tyler Country Park. (6 month seasonal role)
Working Wetlands Project Manager, Devon Wildlife Trust. Cookworthy Forest Centre, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UX (full-time, permanent, funding secured to 2025)
3x Senior Ecologists, Atmos Consulting Ltd. Based in Edinburgh, Inverness and Mold (North Wales) (Offered as permanent, full-time. Part time will be considered.)
Dartmoor Farming Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority. Dartmoor (Full time  - 37hpw, 3 years fixed term)
Conservation Farmer, Heart of England Forest. Dorsingon, Pebworth and surrounds, Warwickshire.
Assistant Warden, RSPB. Blean Woods and Seasalter Levels East Kent.
Senior Conservation Officer - East Midlands, RSPB. East Midlands, flexible location.
Events Coordinator, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. Fort Burgoyne, Dover (Permanent – Part Time 18.5hpw)
Ceredigion Co-ordinator, Tir Coed. Aberystwyth (22.5 hpw, 15 month Fixed Term Contract (likely to extend))
Wildlife and Farming Officer, (Full time: 35 hours per week, permanent) and Water and Wetlands Officer (Full time: 35 hours per week, 3-year contract (with possibility of extension)) both: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Ecologist, Bowland Ecology Ltd. Lanark / Flexible (Full-time, Permanent)



1-7 June was Volunteers Week: Volunteering has never been so necessary to keep the countryside thriving and our conservation efforts bearing fruit. The impact of the pandemic on funding has been enormous, however there is hope on the horizon with talk of Green Recovery and several government backed initiatives and grants coming online. As lockdown is relaxed volunteering programmes are once again open for (socially distanced) participants whether that’s for an hour or a year and now there are many things that can be done from home. 

If you'd like to join our amazing army of volunteers giving their time and skills to make a massive difference to our countryside, conservation and wildlife see what's needed across the sector and available near you by wandering through our online Volunteer Directory. [more]


Features and In Depth Features

Students Organising for Sustainability: Youth-led action for climate justice - an introduction.
Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) is an educational charity created by students and staff at the National Union of Students (NUS) in 2019 in response to the climate emergency and ecological crisis. We exist to help students to learn, act and lead for sustainability, to support students to be the change that society urgently needs to get us out of the climate crisis and to deliver climate justice. Our vision is for the education sector to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to create a fairer and more prosperous society for everyone. [more]

Respect The Water. By Sam Johnson, National Water Safety Education Partner, RNLI.
More than ever, we need your help to reach the public with vital water safety messaging. We want to reach people while they are planning a trip, enroute to a location and most importantly while enjoying our beaches and coastline.  The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Water Safety Team was established in 2020 to focus and target its prevention work in areas that will help people before they get into difficulty in, on and around the waters of the UK and ROI. Working with partners, our fantastic team of staff and over 900 volunteers influence improved safety on and beside the water. [more]

The Young Placechangers programme from greenspace scotland
greenspace scotland engages and empowers young people through the Young Placechangers programme. The Young Placechangers approach combines greenspace scotland’s experience of working with community groups on placemaking with Youth Scotland’s experience of youth work and supporting young people to take the lead. Young Placechangers puts young people in the lead role – bringing together the wider community to look at local spaces and plan improvements. [more]

Introducing B-Lines the super insect highways from Buglife
We all see wildflowers as beautiful and great for our well-being. But for the thousands of pollinating insects that share this land with us, wildflowers are vital. 
Since 1940 we’ve lost ninety seven percent of our flower rich meadows and hundreds of our pollinator species are in decline. At Buglife we have come up with a beautiful solution to the problem. B-Lines – a network of insect pathways along which we are restoring and creating wildflower rich habitat. [more]

Keeping all-terrain vehicles on the right track in the Cairngorms National Park By Will Boyd-Wallis, Head of Land Management
A new guide aimed at helping land managers protect hill ground from damage caused by all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has been published by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA). How did this come to be? [more]

Young People in Cotteridge Park By Emma Woolf MBE, Vice Chair
The Friends of Cotteridge Park was set up in 1997 in response to a threat to “decommission” the park. The aim of the group is to care for and develop the park as a resource for the whole of the community. Young people are the future of our community; working with them to find ways to make the park their own is key to the work of the Friends of Cotteridge Park. [more]

Our future hope for park management to include young people By Lydia Allen, Youth Work Specialist at the National Youth Agency
With the stricter lockdown restrictions of 2020, we discovered our local greenspaces and parks that before we might have walked through, but never truly valued. These spaces became places to escape, to forget, to clear our minds and to look at nature in a different way.  The Future Proof Parks programme a partnership initiative set out to engage young people in their local parks by connecting them to local Friends of Parks groups. There have been two parts to this programme. [more]

Land Based Colleges; Increasing Access to Skills and Experience within the Conservation Sector By Brian Heppenstall, Course Manager Level 3, Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. Following the opinion pieces on volunteering in the countryside, conservation sectors an insight from the education sector.  [more]

First published for #WorldOceansDay on 8 June.
UK net zero carbon emissions by 2050? Yes - if we buy into blue carbon .written by Marine Conservation Society
We must reduce the impacts we have on the planet’s natural ecosystems - because carrying on as we are just isn’t an option. The UK’s target is to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Is that even possible? Yes, if we invest in protecting our marine ecosystems like seabed sediments, saltmarsh, seagrass, shellfish and kelp habitats. These habitats are the key to the carbon question – here's why.  [more]

CJS Focus

The previous edition was published on 22 February  in association with the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) with Parks Community UK and was CJS Focus on Volunteering - read it in full here.

The next edition will be CJS Focus on Careers in Ecology in association with CIEEM, it is due for publication on 20 September. Accepting ads now - click for more


CJS Information 

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The usual selection of news, this month ahead of COP26t here's an emphasis on climate change and sustainability.  Racoon dogs to Anapest knotweed were under consideration during Invasive Species week in May and in the wildlife news there's a lot of coverage for invertebrates from pollinator strategies to the (re)launch of the splatometer by Buglife.   



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


Useful Information

The Woodland Trust is offering Small Research Grants (£5,000 – £20,000)



Canopy UAV which specialises in mapping and monitoring of conservation and forestry sites.



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 8 July

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