CJS Professional: March 2022 edition

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

Conservation Project Operative (min of 2 posts), Ecological Land Management Ltd. Wrexham, North Wales
Ecologist / Senior Ecologist, Johns Associates Ltd. Bradford on Avon, near Bath (southwest) (Hybrid Working Policy Full or part-time hours considered
Project Manager - Martens on the Move, Vincent Wildlife Trust. Home-based, ideally Scottish/English or Welsh/English borders (but flexible) (Initially 12 months with prospect of a further four years if the Delivery Phase is approved.
Ornithological Field Surveyors, Carroll Ecology. Throughout Scotland
Visitor Experience Manager – North Coarse Fishing Operational Lead, South West Lakes Trust. Upper Tamar Lake, near Bude (Permanent, full time 40 hpw)
Trapper Team Leader x 3, RSPB. Orkney - Kirkwall Office (2 year contract)
Little Tern Project Officer, RSPB. Norwich (The position is currently 0.7 FTE across each year, working full-time hours between March-August, and then flexible part-time hours to be negotiated over the winter months)
Livestock Person, RSPB. RSPB Nene Washes, Whittlesey nr Peterborough (5.5 months fixed term, full time, 37.5hpw)
Nature Conservation Ranger, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure. Office base Ray Park, Woodford Green, London Borough of Redbridge. (Full time)
Ranger (Dungeness NNR), Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership. (6 month fixed term, part time 18.5hpw)
Project Officer (Hertfordshire), Groundwork East. Mill Green, Hatfield (Full time 37hpw although part time may be considered)
Head of Visitor Services & Active Travel, Cairngorms National Park Authority. Grantown on Spey (permanent contract, 375hpw though part time of 30hpw may be considered)
Land Adviser - Bedfordshire, Wildlife Trust BCN. Priory Country Park, Bedford, some home working possible. (2 year fixed term, full time 37.5hpw)
Recreation Ranger, South West Lakes Trust. Wimbleball Lake, near Taunton (Permanent, full time, 40hpw)
Field Studies & Activities Instructor, Lochranza Centre CIC. Isle of Arran (Fixed term (28-35 hpw) contract from April until mid November with possible 2023 contract from January until November)
Seasonal Ranger x 2 - Abernethy, RSPB. Abernethy, Scotland (4 month fixed term contract: one full time, 37.5hpw and one part time, 30hpw)
Trappers (Multiple) – Orkney Native Wildlife Project, RSPB Kirkwall Office (2 year and short 3 month contracts available)
Part Time Visitor Experience Officer, RSPB. Middleton Lakes, Bodymoor Heath (Contract June22 to March 23, part time 30hpw)
Lead Ranger, The Greensand Trust. Ampthill Great Park (5 day week based on 8 hour day)
Tees Swale Farming Support Officer, North Pennines AONB. AONB Offices, Stanhope (Contract to 30/9/25, 37hpw)
Little Tern Warden x 3, Denbighshire County Council. Gronant Dunes, Prestatyn (37 hpw)
Little Tern People Engagement Officer, Denbighshire County Council. Brickfields Pond, Rhyl (37 hpw)
Ecologist / Senior Ecologist, Total Ecology Ltd. Corbridge, Northumberland (full or part time)


Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles.
Trainee Ranger, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership. Dover (6 month fixed term, full time)
Tees Swale Engagement and Interpretation Trainee, North Pennines AONB. AONB Offices, Stanhope
Apprentice Forest Craftsperson x 2, Forestry England. Ennerdale & Thornthwaite


CJS Information 

What you think CJS does: advertise jobs for rangers. What CJS actually does...
Promotes countryside projects, publishes adverts for volunteers, collates a daily news roundup, works with many different organisations to highlight issues and introduce new initiatives, runs a large directory of sector wide training courses and professional events, hosts a wide range of advice and information covering all parts of the conservation sector, produces three newsletters as well as managing a large website and yes, advertises jobs for rangers, amongst lots of others!  In fact less than 16% of all the adverts placed in 2021 were for rangers and more readers are looking for work in ecology, policy and advice and, wildlife work than a ranger job.  [more ]


Green Stories project launching in partnership with BAFTA Fictional role models can have a huge impact so the project is asking for a 5 minute video that raises awareness of the role of fictional role models in promoting sustainable lifestyles, and calls out those writers, producers and characters that implicitly promote excessive consumption as an aspiration. [more]   


Reminder: free student subscriptions
As students finish final year assignments and exams loom it's time to start thinking about the next step: finding a job and starting a career. It's always a difficult time setting out looking for your first 'real' job in a profession that you hope is going to sustain you, body and soul, for the rest of your working life. Here at CJS we appreciate that this wonderful, amazing sector can even more difficult to get started in. To help our next generation of rangers, ecologists, wildlife warriors, landscape managers and environmental educators CJS offers all new graduates and current students a full year's subscription to CJS Weekly completely free of charge. More information here and no obligation sign up is here .


Protecting yourself and the planet – Tori Jeffers and Kathleen Harkins of Conservation Coaching - overview and recording of the webinar. 
They asked initially “What are your stress levels right now?” – it’s important to have an awareness of your stress levels. When you work in conservation it’s so much more than just a job. It is all consuming. So often it’s about a lifestyle more than a career. [more ]

This week is National Careers Week and we have many careers items being shared through the week including new job profiles like this one from Hart District Council Countryside Ranger Samantha Kerr who is based in North East Hampshire covering a range of sites including Fleet Pond (SSSI) [more] and Owain Masters who is the Engagement and Education Officer for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation [more]. See more job profiles and find out how to add a one of your job here .


Features and In Depth Features

For International Women's Day: Women in Conservation an opinion piece By Em Witcutt
In countdowns of the least inclusive sectors of work, conservation languishes at the back of the pack, and women lose. Women are climbing in the frozen dark of a winter’s night, the path’s jagged edges biting at blisters through flimsy boots, the map taking shelter in the valley far below, long since torn from numb fingers by the merciless wind.  Surely not, you might be thinking. Maybe back in the day, when we had to fight for the right to vote, or work outside the home. But we found  equality decades ago, right? What am I complaining about? Well… [more]
Communities in action take lead on marine conservation By Jenny Crockett, Outreach and Communications Manager, COAST
An introduction to the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), recognised as a global pioneer in community-led marine conservation COAST has a track-record of success when it comes to protecting our blue spaces.  [more]
Your new job: could it be greener than you think? By Roberta Antonaci, Policy and Advocacy Manager at Our Bright Future
As society begins to slowly emerge from the Covid-19 health crisis, there is an urgent need to shift to a greener economy, that will protect and regenerate the natural environment, and better sustain the people who depend on it. Often when green jobs are discussed, we hear about wind turbine engineers, home insulation installers, or people managing green finance initiatives. But some of the most vital green jobs involve working
directly with the natural environment, whether it’s ecologists, hedge layers, nature reserve managers or environmental educators. [more]
Safer recruitment: why does screening matter?  Debs McCahon, Chief Executive of Woodcraft Folk explains.
The aim of safer recruitment is to ensure a fair process that attracts the right individuals for the role without creating unnecessary risks to beneficiaries or discriminating against potential employees or volunteers. [more]
Early Career Ecologists and Exploitation By Paul Whitby, Managing Director/Principal Ecologist at The Ecology Co-op
For many years the number of job seekers has far outnumbered positions available and, unfortunately, over the past 20 years this desperation by some to get their foot in the door and start a career in ecology has led to exploitation by some employers.  Paul outlines the current siutation and offers suggestions on how new starters can avoid the pitfalls. [more]
An introduction to the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital
The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital was formed in late 2013, as an outcome from the first of three World Forum on Natural Capital conferences held in Edinburgh. At its inception, a key part of the Scottish Forum vision was to increase awareness across society about natural capital. This increased awareness was not considered an end in itself, rather that it should result in increased actions to protect and enhance our stocks of natural capital.  [more]
Published for World Wildlife Day on 3 March: Increasing efforts for greater horseshoe bats By Julia Bracewell, Senior Design and Communications Officer at the Vincent Wildlife Trust
The Trust has been leading the way in greater horseshoe bat conservation for more than 40 years and has recently focused its efforts on safeguarding a very significant, newly discovered maternity roost in the southeast of England. [more]
Also for World Wildlife Day: Beavers – a year in Dorset.  An update on progress.
A year ago, Dorset Wildlife Trust brought beavers back to the county for the first time in at least four centuries for an enclosed scientific study into the changes they have made in a landscape. Here we look back on what we’ve learnt from these amazing animals so far. [more]
For Careers Week: Recruitment in the Countryside Sector An opnion piece By Gemma Gregory, Senior Project Officer and Mark Hudson, Assistant Area Manager at Derbyshire County Council
Gemma outlines some current recruitment trends they've observed and makes some suggestions as to how we can tackle the many problems, she conculdes: "We have never been more relevant as a sector, and it’s a genuinely exciting time to be working in countryside management. It’s time to re-focus and invest in our people to do the important jobs that they have ahead of them. It may also be time to start having some conversations about pay, and how others view us."  [more ]


CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Volunteering in affiliation with the Association of Volunteer Managers, included in full here
9 articles and adverts voluntary roles along with lots of volunteering opportunities across the UK so have a look through the regions for something you can get involved in.
Articles on: Best practice in volunteer management from the Association of Volunteer Managers, how to ensure your offer is fair. The job of a Volunteer Coordinator at Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Making sure your volunteers fee; appreciated with BBOWT. Why volunteer contributions to wildlife recording are so important to the sector from Matt Postles. The Conservation Volunteers detail 7 ways that volunteering can kickstart a conservation career. Dorset Wildlife Trust answer the question – what volunteering experience do employers rate? Via Royal Forestry Society Hannah has gained paid employment, volunteering played a massive part in this, read how. We revisit the National Trust apprenticeship scheme and see how it’s going. To finish we hear from Keep Britain Tidy about the little volunteering actions we all can take that make a big difference.



Lots of news this month starting with the new campaign calls for a ‘legal right to local nature’ in Levelling Up reforms, over 60 organisations are involved co-ordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link. There's mixed news on the climate change and sustainability front: with IPCC report declaring that climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet, however there was an historic day in the campaign to beat plastic pollution: Nations commit to develop a legally binding agreement - UN Environment Programme.

Closer to home National Trust takes aim at net zero target with largest tree planting project to date at Wimpole and details of the Trust's plans for the 'tree-bilee' and the BTO tries to answer a burning question: how does timing of breeding of upland birds affect risk posed by moorland burning?
Dartmoor National Park Rangers to trial body worn video cameras - now isn't that depressing? so lets finish on some good news - Almost one hundred threatened species in England have seen their prospects of survival improved after 5 years of concerted emergency work by nearly 100 organisations funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Back from the Brink (BftB) programme.



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


The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 14 April

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