CJS Professional: February 2022 edition.

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

Site Manager , JPR Environmental. Gloucestershire (full-time, permanent)
Community Engagement Officer , RSPB Scotland. Mull of Galloway (full time, 7 month contract)
Project Assistant , Celtic Rainforests LIFE Project, RSPB Cymru. Powys (part time to August 2025)
Principal Ecologist , Caledonian Conservation Ltd. Based Bridge of Allan (Stirling) (full or part-time, min 3dpw)
Estate Maintenance Worker / Stalker , Grosvenor Estate. Reay Forest Estate, Sutherland
Seasonal Assistant Ecologist , John Wenman Ecological Consultancy LLP. Based in Wokingham, Berkshire
Learning Assistant - Rainham Marshes , RSPB. Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve (Part time, 2dpw. Fixed term 1/4 - 31/7/22)
Learning Assistant – Minsmere , RSPB. Minsmere (Part Time, 15 hours over 3 days per week. Foxed term to 31/10/22)
Natural Networks Officer , Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.  Worcester & Droitwich. (Full time to end of June 2023)
Freshwater Lead Adviser , Natural England. National (East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber) (Permanent / Fixed Term)
Freshwater Senior Adviser , Natural England. National (East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber) (Permanent / Fixed Term)
Seasonal Grounds Person , Harewood Estate. Yorkshire between Leeds and Harrogate (fixed term 6 months, 40hpw)
Estate Stockperson , Wadhurst Park. Wadhurst, East Sussex
Associate Director Ecology , Heatons. Derby (Full time or part-time basis considered)
Environmental Education and Care Farming Officer , The Magdalen Environmental Trust. Near Chard
Conservation Officer , Surrey Wildlife Trust. Pirbright (permanent full-time role, however part-time also considered)
Consultant Ecologist , Devon Wildlife Trust. Aldens Court, Devon (Full-time, permanent)
Seasonal Assistant Ecologist , Devon Wildlife Trust. Aldens Court, Devon (Full-time, permanent)
Coastal Species and Habitats Officer , RSPB. Flexible in England (Fixed term full time contract to March 2023)
Head of Ecology , RSPB. RSPB UKHQ, Sandy - flexibility considered (Permanent, full time, 37.5hpw)
Coastal Birds Project Monitoring Officer , Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Curdridge, Southampton (Full time 35hpw)
Assistant Peatland Conservation Officer , Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Based in Kendal, Cumbria (Fixed term contract to 31/03/23, full time 35hpw)
Seasonal Warden – Rockcliffe Marsh , Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Rockcliffe Marsh, Solway Firth (16 week contract 04/04/22 - 22/07/22 depending on breeding season, 42hpw)
Seasonal Warden – Foulney Island , Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Foulney Island near Barrow-in-Furness (16 week contract 04/04/22 - 22/07/22 depending on breeding season, 42hpw)
Senior Site Manager , RSPB. Rainham Marshes (permanent, full time)
Assistant Warden , RSPB. Berney Marshes and Breydon Water (permanent, full time)
Warden - Lydden Valley , RSPB. Dungeness (Permanent, full time 37.5hpw)
Rural Development & Communities Manager , Cairngorms National Park Authority. Grantown on Spey (permanent contract 37.5hpw, part time of 30hpw may be considered)
Seasonal Rangers x 2 posts , Cairngorms National Park Authority. Ballater and Deeside Area (Fixed term contract March 22 - 31/10/22, 37.5hpw incl weekends and evenings)
Rural Development Officer , Cairngorms National Park Authority. Grantown on Spey (Fixed term 18 month contract, 37.5hpw, part time of 30hpw may be considered)
Assistant Landscape Architect , Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. Role can be home based or located at our Head Office in Coventry (Permanent post 40hpw, reduced working week considered)
GIS Technician , Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. Coventry (Permanent post 40hpw)
Research Assistant – Sussex Turtle Dove Tracking , RSPB. Knepp Estate, Sussex. (Full time 5 month contract beginning mid-April)
Research Assistant – Essex Turtle Dove Tracking , RSPB. Essex (Colchester area) (4 months)
Seasonal Surveyor – Field Officers x 2 , RSPB. Kent and Essex. (6 month contract)
Peatland Project Manager , RSPB Scotland. Forsinard Flows Field Centre, Sutherland and Caithness, Highlands (Permanent, full time 37.5hpw)
Chough Release Supervisor , Wildwood Trust. Herne Bay, Kent (40 hpw)
Arboriculture Officer , Gwynedd Council. Aberaeron/Llandrindod or Newtown (Permanent post)
Green Finance Officer (Devon Beaver Project) , Devon Wildlife Trust. Based at Cricklepit Mill, Devon (Full time 3 year fixed term contract)
Conservation Officer , The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Chess Valley Farming Officer , Chilterns Conservation Board. Chinnor, Oxfordshire (Fixed term contract to March 2025, extension subject to funding, 37.5hpw)


CJS Information 

A few changes and things to watch out for. Feedback from last year's reader survey.
Cast your mind back to before Christmas - I know it seems forever ago! Last autumn we asked you for your thoughts and feedback on CJS in the reader survey, the first full one for quite a few years. It was VERY long, so thanks to everyone who made it all the way through, we've finally got to the end of the analysis which has taken much longer than anticipated. You may have seen a few mentions of things we've changed already and there are more updates in the pipeline. Here's an overview.


logo: Countryside Classroom

Our Featured Charity for 2022: Countryside Classroom write about their long running and highly successful Chef on the Farm project
This joint venture between LEAF Education and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Adopt a School Trust. It provides an opportunity for a class of children to visit a farm, to meet the farmer and to learn about what is grown and reared on the farm and then to learn to cook with a professional chef.  [more ]


Conservation Leadership Webinar
Leaders in conservation understand the incredible importance of the protection, preservation and development of our natural world and its resources and give themselves - heart, body, mind, and soul - to make a difference to our world. [more]


Features and In Depth Features

What Works in Conservation? By Kate Willott, Research Assistant at Conservation Evidence.
Perhaps you work in conservation, or want to. If so, it is probably because you care about wildlife and wild places and want to protect them. So how can we best protect the nature that we care about? One important aspect is making sure that each conservation action we take is the most effective one possible.  Finding out which conservation actions work best can be difficult. [more]

River restoration holds the key to a sustainable future for fishing By Rebecca Duncan, PR & Events Coordinator at The Rivers Trust
The Rivers Trust is passionate about protecting rivers for people and wildlife. Representing more than 60 local member Trusts across the UK and Ireland, our movement has a long history of safeguarding precious freshwater fish species. [more]

Horticulture careers with the National Trust: 500 years of garden history, a lifetime of opportunities By Sian Thomas, National Trust Communications Officer
There has never been a better time to be involved with horticulture in the UK and with the National Trust, which looks after one of the greatest collections of historic gardens and garden plants in the world. [more]


For National Story Telling Week: Re-storying connection: 6 tips to help you become a better storyteller from Chris Holland, Nature Connection
In our everyday and work lives, many of us would like to be a better ‘storyteller’, and many of us are nervous and shy of ‘Storytelling’, lacking the courage to stand up and deliver, so here’s a handful of tips on developing your own storyteller’s voice for National Storytelling Week from Devon based author, storyteller and outdoor educator, Chris Holland. [more]


logo: WWT - Wetlands for life

An incredible 75 year milestone for international wetland charity.  From pulling birds back from extinction to creating wonderful new nature friendly habitats - the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) recently celebrated 75 years of ground breaking conservation work and sharing the wonders of wetlands and wetland wildlife with over 40 million visitors at its sites across the UK.  [more]


Countryside Apprenticeships By Adam Collett, Trainer Assessor Team Leader - Countryside & Water Environment at Bridgwater and Taunton College
The environmental sector is filled with a wide range of practical jobs which require a skilled workforce and significant knowledge of the natural world and the interactions of a variety of flora and fauna. Many people follow an academic route through Level 2 and 3 qualifications and up to Degree, Masters and PhD level courses to try and gain entry to this massively competitive field only to be told “You don’t have any practical experience”.  This is where apprenticeships open the door, heavily focussed on gaining practical experience in a real job role, apprenticeships allow people to gain this practical experience hand-in-hand with the academic knowledge required. Apprenticeships really are the answer to the question “But how do I become a Ranger/Warden/Land Manager?”  [more]

CJS Focus
Focus on Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity - our first career focused edition in association with CIEEM
First published in September. Read it in full here
Next Edition: CJS Focus 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 nowDeadline for adverts is next Friday 28 February.


The Government's response to the Glover Review is our top story this month, there are several responses too. Unfortunately there are far too many items featuring pollution from forever toxic chemicals in waterways to the long lasting problem of plastic pollution, but if you have an idea on how to clean up coastal pollution Geovation (part of Ordnance Survey) has launched competition to find a sustainable solution.
As a result of the survey feedback we've started covering Rural Regeneration news, there are two items this month, on planning and broadband (or lack of). Our feelgood stories this month include a rescued seal now happy in France and the incredible story of orca freeing a humpback whale tangled in ropes.



Calendar of events and short courses occurring in March plus additions made over the past month.
An introduction to Forest Machinery
Confor is organising this course which is being run four times across Scotland during February and March, click for more details

logo: Countryside Management Association

CMA Conference and AGM 2022: Reconnect, Reflect, Respond
Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March 2022 Online via Zoom
The last year has been described as the ‘great dislocation’. COVID, the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and Brexit are changing the world we work in, influencing society, our economy, and the environment.  At the same time the British public have fallen back in love with their countryside and greenspaces like never before.
So, how was it for YOU? Is everything changing? How do you think we should respond as a countryside management community of rangers, outdoor staff and volunteers? Find out more including booking details.

Campaign for National Parks - Thursday 24 Feb Free webinar: Share your views of Defra's proposal for a National Landscape Partnership. Q&A with panel including Defra and Julian Glover, more and registration link here.

Useful Information

Groundwork’s FREE Green Leaders programme supports young people aged 16 –20 to become advocates for green spaces in their community while gaining the skills to set up new local projects and campaigns. But be quick it closes on 13 February. [more]
Reminder that you can post useful Information to our new bulletin board page, it's the place for all sorts of useful information that doesn't really fit anywhere else! 50 word text is free.

The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 11 March
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 7 March