CJS Professional: January 2022 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)

General Operative - Timber structures/Groundworks, MacDonald Contracting Ltd. Various locations around Scotland (full time)
Warden - Onziebust, RSPB Scotland. Onziebust, Orkney (Permanent, full time 37.5 hpw)
Warden - Mainland Orkney Reserves, RSPB Scotland. Orkney (Permanent)
Project Officer (Little Tern) & Assistant Warden (Dorset Reserves), RSPB. Weymouth, DT4 7TZ (Permanent, full time 37.5 hpw)
Associate Director and/or Senior Ecologist, E3 Ecology Ltd. Northumberland, North Yorkshire or Scottish Borders (Full time (4 day week may be considered))
Graduate Ecologist, E3 Ecology Ltd. Wark, Northumberland (to start early in the new year with the contract to run initially through to September/October although with the potential for extension and/or long term employment)
Housekeeper / Estate Maintenance Couple, Ardverikie Estate Ltd. Inverness-shire (Housekeeper: part-time, Estate Maintenance Worker: full time)
River Ranger, River Holme Connections. Honley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (1 year contract, possible extension. Full time 37.5 hpw)
Conservation Officer, RSPB. Lancaster (Permanent, full-time)
Area Field Officer - Tayside, RSPB Scotland. Tayside, working at sites mainly across Angus and Perth & Kinross. (6 month full time contract)
Harvesting Manger / Senior Harvesting Manager, Scottish Woodlands. South-East Scotland (Melrose)
Head of Countryside Management, The National Trust. Dorking, Surrey (Permanent f/t, 37.5hpw).
Countryside Officer (Maternity Cover), Test Valley Borough Council. Andover (Maternity Cover 9 month’s contract)
Arboricultural Manager, Test Valley Borough Council. Test Valley
Nene Wetlands Senior Ranger, The Wildlife Trust BCN. Nene Wetlands, Northamptonshire (Permanent 37.5hpw)
Recreation Ranger, South West Lakes Trust. Burrator Reservoir, near Plymouth (Permanent, 40 hpw)
Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor, RSPB. Location of this post is flexible, but you need to travel across Essex. (Permanent, Full-Time)
Warden - Langford Lowfields, RSPB. Langford Lowfields, Newark (Full time)
Senior / Forest Manager, Pryor and Rickett Silviculture. Based ideally in Oxfordshire but will serve as a base for our portfolio in Central England.
Handyworker / Maintenance Person, Jupiter Artland. Located just outside Edinburgh
Warden and Assistant Warden (x3), Suffolk Wildlife Trust. One post at each of three locations across Suffolk.
Bat Programme Manager, Vincent Wildlife Trust. Eastnor, near Ledbury, Herefordshire
New Forest Beat Forester, Forestry England. Based at the Queens House, Lyndhurst, Hampshire (44hpw)
Volunteering Manager, Cairngorms National Park Authority. Grantown on Spey (Fixed Term Contract to May 2023, 37.5hpw - although part-time 30hpw may be considered)
Policy Officer, Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership. Based in Horncastle, Lincolnshire with flexible working options (Fixed term contract – 18 months)
Learning and Visitor Assistant, RSPB. RSPB Saltholme, Stockton-on-Tees (6 months, (for which there are 2 contracts available), part time 18.5hpw)
Assistant Warden, RSPB. Broadwater Warren, Tunbridge Wells (1 year fixed term, 37.5hpw)
Senior Research Assistant, RSPB. Flexible in UK (Full-Time Fixed Term, 5 months starting late April 2022, 37.5hpw)
Research Assistant RSPB. Flexible in UK (Full-Time Fixed Term, 3 months from mid May 2022, 37.5hpw)
Stockton and Darlington Railway - Walking and Cycling Route Development Officer, Durham County Council. County Durham. (Temporary – three years initially - and full-time)
Head of Countryside Service, Derbyshire County Council. Matlock/Hybrid (Permanent, 37hpw)
Seasonal Field Surveyors, Ecology Solutions. Offices in Worcestershire, Hertfordshire and Manchester working in various locations across the UK. (To start mid-March &/or May - June with work available until September / October)
Ecologist, Midland Ecology. The Midlands (Permanent)
Seasonal Ecologist, Midland Ecology. West Midlands.


Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles.
RHS Level 3 / Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Wisley (37.5hpw, 2 years fixed term, start Sept 2022)
RHS Specialist Horticultural Placements (SHP) , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Gardens: Bridgewater, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, and Wisley. (37.5hpw, start Sept 2022)
Level 2 Arboriculture Apprentice , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Wisley (37.5hpw, 2 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)
Level 3 Land-based Service Engineer Technician Apprentice , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Bridgewater (37.5hpw, 3 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)
Level 3 Landscape / Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Rosemoor (37.5hpw, 3 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)
Level 2 Horticulture / Landscape Operative Apprenticeship , Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, RHS Garden Rosemoor, RHS Garden Bridgewater, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, RHS Garden Wisley. (37.5hpw, 2 years fixed term, start Aug 2022)


CJS Information and other articles

bright, spring-like flowers and leaves framing the words Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the CJS Team.

Once it got going 2021 turned out to be a very busy one for us here at CJS, we published more adverts than for many years and we're hoping 2022 will bring as many opportunities for everyone across our sector.

As for the last couple of years the CJS Team are all working from home on flexible hours, the team is normally available between ten and four but you may receive responses at other times. We've already been very busy: the first CJS Weekly of the year (last Friday) had 102 adverts for vacancies, plus 14 for voluntary roles. Which makes this seem an appropriate time to remind you about advertising jobs with CJS! [more]

Download your handy CJS 2022 Calendar, this year featuring a bright and sunny Cornish beach scene.

Some dates and information for this year to note: here.

A  basic breakdown of the adverts published by CJS during 2021:
2522 jobs, 97 trainees, 26 freelance and contracts out to tender plus 280 voluntary placements. Breakdown by sector here, a more detailed analysis will follow. Including some extra special subscription offers that you really can't afford to miss. 

CJS is proud to be a Corporate Supporter of the National Biodiversity Network for another year. [more]

Join UK Squirrel Accord for the third annual Twitterstorm from 12:00 to 14:00 on Red Squirrel Appreciation Day, 21 January 2022. [more]

Reminder: free student subscriptions
For the last two years during this strangest of times we have offered free subscriptions to graduating students. These have been particularly well received and we've decided to make this a permanent offer from CJS to all new graduate and students. More information here and no obligation sign up is here.

Features and In Depth Articles

From the Inner-City to the Rainforest: Discovering Self and Finding Purpose By Kwesia
The things that led to start of City Girl in Nature, as a way for me to give back to my community. To share my love and passion for the outdoors, and
my belief that everybody should have the chance to be healed, to be nourished, and to live life with abundance.  Since I began my quest, I have met some extraordinary people. People from all walks of life, young and old, of all backgrounds and beliefs, diverse and multicultural, all of us united by a shared passion for nature and the outdoors. [more ]

Win-win for people and nature an introduction to the NATURE Tool by Dr. Stuart Robertson, Ecosystems Knowledge Network.
The Nature Tool for Urban and Rural Environments (the NATURE Tool) is designed to be used by the full range of professionals that are involved in shaping built development throughout the UK, from design teams to planners and construction specialists, as well as organisations whose sole focus is nature enhancement. It is expected to be deployed on everything from linear infrastructure projects to new housing. The NATURE Tool has been developed with the different needs and public policy priorities of each UK jurisdiction in mind.  [more]

CSH Nature Recovery Rangers at the NHS By Athene Reiss, Green Space for Health Partnerships Project Manager
In April 2021, three ‘Nature Recovery Rangers’ were embedded at NHS trusts in Liverpool, London and Bristol by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH). These rangers embody the seed of an idea that could transform the management and use of green spaces on healthcare sites in the UK and further afield.  At the time, we weren’t sure exactly what the work of the rangers would look like on the ground. Nine months later, we can see that it looks like many varied improvements to green and blue spaces and a wide range of engagement with them by patients and staff. It looks like wellbeing enhancements for nature and people developing side by side.  [more]

A plastic free future… By Mike Appleton, Plastic Free Woodlands Officer at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Plastic Free Woodlands project has already made significant progress in removing redundant plastic tree guards from the Yorkshire Dales landscape, championing alternatives, and highlighting the issue of plastics in forestry nationally. It has been suggested that a staggering 50 million trees per year need to be planted to counteract Britain’s contribution to climate change.  As trees are often planted using plastic tubes that could mean that up to 1.5 billion plastic tubes could end up littering our environment and damaging ecosystems by 2050.  [more]

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CJS Focus

Next Edition: CJS on Volunteering, our annual look at volunteering is this year in affiliation with the Association of Volunteer Managers and is due for publication on 28 February 2022. We're accepting adverts for this edition now. More information here


In last year's survey readers asked for us to start including Rural Regeneration, perhaps you were one of them there were a lot of you, so the first news items on this topic are including for the first time. You also asked for some more light hearted, upbeat news and we're trying to add some of that too - it's not always easy to find, this month we finish with the RSPCA's top rescues of 2021 including a greedy badger stuck in a bin.  This month includes the main stories and headlines from over the festive break and consequently there are several end of year reviews and reports and as it's January and every one is making lots of healthy resolutions there are stories on recreation, health and volunteering too.



Calendar of events and short courses occurring in March 2022 plus additions made over the past month.



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

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 7 February