CJS Professional: July edition

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)

Ecologist (Lancashire/Flexible), Bowland Ecology. (Full-time, permanent)

Project Officer, Groundwork Hertfordshire. Based in Mill Green, Hatfield (Full time, 1 year fixed term contract with potential for extension)

Land Management Operatives, Environmental Land Management Solutions (ELMS). Derbyshire (Full & part time roles)

Head of Research Scotland, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. Aberdeenshire

Senior Ranger, Croxley Green Parish Council. Croxley Green, Hertfordshire

Ecologist, Canal & River Trust. Working from home, East Midlands (Part time 15hpw)

Project Manager, RSPB. Flexible location (12 month, fixed term contract)

Harvesting and Marketing Forester, Forestry England. Micheldever, Hampshire

Ecological Consultant, RSK ADAS Ltd. Leeds

Visitor Operations Manager, RSPB. Fairburn Ings, Castleford

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

Forest Manager, Bronwin & Abbey Ltd. Worcester

Experienced Gardener / Estate Work, Private Estate. Ripon, North Yorkshire (Full time, 40hpw, permanent)

Ecologist – West Midlands, Midlands Ecology Ltd

Programme Manager - Farm in a Box, The Country Trust. Flexible location, helpful if within reach of Chelmsford (4-5 days per week (28 - 35 hours) on permanent contract or self employed)

Ecologist – Birmingham / Warwickshire, Midlands Ecology Ltd

Farming in Protected Landscapes Business Support Officer, Cranborne Chase AONB. Tollard Royal, Wiltshire (Temporary to end of March 2024, part time, 29.6 hpw)

Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer, North Wessex Downs AONB. Hungerford, Berkshire (Temporary to end of March 2024, full time)

Project Manager, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust. Fife (Full time, permanent)

Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer, Cranborne Chase AONB. Tollard Royal, Wiltshire (Temporary to end of March 2024, full time)

Farming in Protected Landscapes Business Support Officer, North Wessex Downs AONB. Hungerford, Berkshire (Temporary to end of March 2024, 29.6 hpw)


CJS Focus

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


CJS Features and In Depth Articles

Sustainability and Outdoor Education (SEE) Project aims to increase outdoor sports participation and enhance the protection of natural landscapes through education on responsible outdoor behaviour. This will be achieved through collaboration between outdoor sports professionals and conservation organisations across Europe. By the project lead, Leave No Trace Ireland  [more]


A changing (political) climate by George Potts, Chair, Scottish Countryside Rangers’ Association

The pandemic has brought into sharp focus our national differences and our common experiences. The restrictions linked to the health emergency diverging across the different government administrations and the common “staycation” surge of visitors which put enormous pressure on our urban greenspaces and rural locations. [more]


Green Social Prescribing – supporting people to engage in nature-based activities with the National Academy for Social Prescribing

Activities such as those connected with nature and the natural environment or the arts, or that engage us in exercise or sport, can all help us to maintain and build relationships, to unlock our strengths, to have choice and control and to make constructive and helpful contributions within our community.  [more]


Insights of a Conservation Apprentice by Niall Provan

I began pursuing a career in the conservation sector with a route familiar to many – I applied for and achieved an NC & HNC in Countryside Management at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). This was following a keen interest in hill climbing, the outdoors and the Scottish landscape as a whole from a young age. Looking back, my time at SRUC’s Oatridge campus in West Lothian was definitely beneficial, however, on reflection, I don’t feel that I was able to make the absolute most of the experience. Over time, I’ve found I learn best in the field and on the job – my experience as a Modern Apprentice (MA) showed me that. [more]


How land managers can work to reduce the chances of an accidental fire being started by visitors by Adam Farrow, Watch Manager Prevention

Uncontrolled and unwanted vegetation fires are becoming more common year on year. In 2019 there were 137 fires in the United Kingdom which were larger than 25 hectares, a 42% increase from 2018. This increase is likely to continue due to climate change, potential changes in legislation and increased population numbers. This year with the restrictions on foreign travel there are likely to be increased visitor numbers to local beauty spots and people visiting who are unfamiliar with the countryside.  [more]


Looking after our parks during lockdown by Tom Jarvis, Director of Parks, The Royal Parks

During these unprecedented times London’s eight Royal Parks remained open and free for everyone who needed them. The Royal Parks staff who worked throughout to keep the parks clean and safe have been overwhelmed by messages of gratitude from visitors. People have shared their photographs and special memories of their daily visits and have emailed and phoned the charity’s staff to share what they’ve seen or heard. But looking after the parks came with challenges.  [more]


The National Forum for Biological Recording – the ‘who, what, where and when’ of the NFBR By Sarah Whild, Chair, NFBR

If you already work in the ‘countryside’ sector, you will probably be aware of the importance of field skills, and the application of these to biological recording. If you are an anxious graduate, applying for every consultancy job going, you will know only too well of the importance of identification skills, and how to use them (and how almost every job advertisement asks for the ability to identify several groups!) – so how do these skills and activities fit in with our rather obscure organisation – the NFBR? [more]


CJS Information and other articles

We're putting jobs back at the centre of all we do - well it is at the heart of our name: Countryside JOBS Service after all.

Over the last few years we've said yes, of course we can do that to pretty much everything and CJS has become somewhat diluted as a result - still very much countryside focused and providing excellent service but we've realised this has come about at the cost of the jobs and careers CJS was created to promote.

Like many people we took last year's lockdown as a chance to take stock and re-evaluate what it is we do, why we do it and what we want to do in the future. The answer came back the same but better, which as so many of you tell us what we do is already excellent (thank you for all your lovely comments by the way, they brighten up our days no end) is going to be a tough task but we think we're up to it.

So with this in mind - read on.


Sunday 4 July was the first Thank You Day, we all have someone to say thank you to this year.  CJS want to thank everyone who kept the countryside and greenspaces open and functioning through lockdown, and for their continuing efforts this year which, unfortunately, seem to include vast amounts of clearing up and litter picking. [more]


REMINDER: A year's free subscription to CJS Weekly for students graduating this year.
Details here and please share. More info here and sign up is here. Please share.


Groundwork joins the Enterprise Development Programme as Environment Sector Partner

The Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) is expanding. Community charity, Groundwork is joining the partnership to support charities and social enterprises operating in the environment sector. Apply to get involved before 13 July here


Ask the Ranger…anything – join us for a Facebook Live event on 16 August with the South Downs National Park Authority Ranger team. They will talk about their experiences of entering the world of conservation & answer your questions about getting a job in this sector. [more]


The fourth article from our 2021 featured charity, Campaign for National Parks, runs through why National Parks hold the key to tackling climate change in the UK.

In the year that the UK hosts the G7 summit and COP26, we've released a new ‘National Parks and the Climate Emergency’ report. It looks at what is currently being done to address climate change in National Parks and what more is needed. [more]


In the last month there have been reports and recommendations for action on climate change yet the general consensus is that time is running out. The Government has said yes to Highly Protected Marine Areas but there are warnings that new targets in the Environment Bill have fallen short of the action needed for nature. On a more positive note a conservation milestone has been reached as the 'Back on the Map' species recovery project introduces the 1000th hazel dormouse to the UK.




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



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 12 August

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 9 August