CJS Professional: April 2022 edition.

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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)

Graduate Consultant Ecologist,  EnviroCentre Ltd. Glasgow. (Temporary contract)
Estate Maintenance Worker / Stalker, Grosvenor Estate. Reay Forest Estate, Sutherland
Seasonal Ghillie Vacancies, Grosvenor Estate. Reay Forest Estate, Sutherland (July -October, 40hpw)
Project Delivery Manager (Green Spaces), Groundwork South. Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, Denham, Bucks (permanent 22.5hpw)
Professional Standards Manager, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Ampfield, nr Romsey (with significant flexibility for home working)
Forestry Operative, Kilmaha Forestry & Countryside Management. Based in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire but working across the region (permanent, 40hpw)
Assistant Warden, RSPB. North Kent Marshes, Northward Hill, Rochester (permanent, 37.5hpw)
Sustainable Farming Lead: England, Nature Friendly Farming Network.  Home based (England) (Fixed term contract to June 2024, 37.5hpw)
Green Team Supervisor, Groundwork South. Valley Park Visitor Centre, Denham, Bucks (permanent 37.5hpw)
Visitor Experience Assistant, RSPB. Rathlin Island. (5 month fixed term contract April-September min 30hpw)
Conservation Officer, RSPB. Bangor - Homebased (24 month fixed term)
Lead Forester, Grosvenor. Abbeystead Estate, Lancashire.
DBRC Officer (GIS), Devon Wildlife Trust. Aldens Court, Devon (Permanent post, 22.5hpw with agile working arrangements including home working)
Gardener, Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust. Brighton (9 month fixed term, 15hpw)
Community Links Officer, Monmouthshire County Council. Raglan
Estate Warden, Horndean Parish Council. Horndean, Hants. (Full time permanent)
Land Management Officer (East), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. East Gloucestershire (12 month fixed term with potential for extension)
Water Team Manager, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Based: Devizes (Maternity cover, 37hpw)
Marketing and Communications Manager, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Flexible: WWT HQ at Elm Tree Court, Devizes & some home working. (Full time, 37.5hpw)
Resident Instructor, Sayers Croft Outdoor Learning. Ewhurst near Cranleigh, Surrey. (36hpw)
Head of Professional Practice, CIEEM. Ampfield, nr Romsey (with significant flexibility for home working) (37.5hpw)
Ecology and Conservation Support Officer, The Donkey Sanctuary. Sidmouth, Devon (12 month full time contract to start asap)
Ecology and Conservation Officer, The Donkey Sanctuary. Sidmouth, Devon (Permanent full time contract to start asap)
Field Officer, RSPB. Gough Island, South Atlantic. (17 month contract, 37.5hpw)
Tree / Arboriculture Manager, Veolia. Watford (40hpw)
Wilder Communities Manager, The Wildlife Trust Beds, Cambs, Northants. flexible location, main office Cambourne, Cambs but offices in Beds and Northants available, homeworking permitted. (Permanent, 37.5hpw)
Countryside Ranger, Waverley Borough Council. Based at Broadwater, Surrey, working across the Borough. (Full time, 37.5hpw)
Harvesting Forester - Thetford. Forestry England. Santon Downham. (Full time, permanent)
Head Groundsperson, Clandon Wood Natural Burial. West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey (Permanent, full time 38.75hpw)
Estate Manager South East, The Land Trust.  Southern Eastern Portfolio, home based. (Permanent, full time 36hpw).

countryside Ranger, Lampton Greenspace 360. London Borough of Hounslow.
Freelance, Self-employed and Contracts Out to Tender.
Executive Director - Contract, Scotland's Finest Woods


CJS Information 

Following last year's reader survey we've made a quite a few, small changes to the website and how you access the content. First we updated the daily email to make it easier to read the news and also altered the time we sent it out, more on this one here. The next one was to the online jobs, creating a separate page for entry level jobs and apprentieceships, introducing new categories, splitting existing ones to make it easier to find the right posts, reintroducing a dedicated sustainability sector and, at last, divided Scotland into two separate regions, north and south. More on this bigger change here.   

Great news, after a two year hiatus the British Wildlife Photography Awards are back, the 11th competition, BWPA 2023, opens for entries on 20 April 2022. We are delighted to be sponsoring the Botanical Britain category once again. Read more.

Some CJS housekeeping:  With cyber attacks and data usage being much in the news in recent weeks as a result of what's happening in Ukraine and Russia's actions we thought we'd remind you that CJS holds your data as safely as we can. [more

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From our Featured Charity for 2022: Elizabeth Lake, Countryside Classroom Programme Co-ordinator writes about the benefits of taking schooling outside for Outdoor Classroom Day.
Countryside Classroom is a forward-thinking partnership of organisations that represents the very best in food, farming, and environment education. The partnership understands how important global initiatives such as Outdoor Classroom Day are for students and actively promote the benefits of taking the classroom outside. Research has shown that pupils feel a sense of freedom when learning outside the classroom, they are also more able to express themselves, more engaged and more positive about the learning experience.  [more]      

For National Pet Month we're giving you another Meet the CJS Team article, this time from Features Commissioning Editor Amy Worley who is introducing us to the family's new ponies - makes a change from office dogs! She explains the reasons behind the decision to add more livestock to their smallholding and the benefits (and downsides) of caring for horses.  [more]

Features and In Depth Features

Public Rights of Way and access - an insight nearly 20 years on  Claire Goodman-Jones of Birchill Access Consultancy discusses how Rights of Way Access work has changed since the Foot and Mouth Disease crisis of 2001. [more
Organisation profile: The North Devon UNESCO Biosphere is an important meeting place of rich natural and cultural heritage in a stunning, diverse landscape in the heart of South West England. Our biosphere provides an open forum for bringing people together with their natural surroundings - to empower them to unlock their potential, and using their local and scientific knowledge to model solutions for sustainable living. [more]
SEED Madagascar’s Conservation Research Programme an introduction by Amelia Sandford, Volunteer and Logistics Officer
SEED Madagascar (SEED) is an award-winning British registered charity, which envisages communities and ecosystems thriving across Madagascar.
Our central mission is to enhance the capacity of individuals, communities, organisations and government in fulfilling sustainable environment, education and development goals in southeast Madagascar. Find out more including how to join the volunteering programme. [more]
Commissioned for the UN's International Day of Forests which was 21 March: The right tree in the right place By Stephen Coffey, Head Forester, The Heart of England Forest
Tree planting is a widely recognised way of combatting climate change, However, it is not just about the quantity of trees that go in the ground, planting the right tree in the right place is crucial.  Since 2018 when the government launched its 25 Year Environment Plan to improve the environment within a generation, there has been huge emphasis placed on the importance of tree planting.  [more]
This one is for International Dark Skies Week, Discover the Night running 22-30 April : Thousands of people to come together to create mass participation artworks in the countryside as part of UK-wide celebration of creativity - Green Space Dark Skies running  An introduction, invitation and explanation of this inaugural mass gathering event, 23 April – 30 September 2022.
Green Space Dark Skies invites 20,000 people, from all paths in life, to make a journey into the landscape together. There, we will experience wild and beautiful places across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as dusk falls. Open to all, each mass gathering celebrates nature, our responsibility to protect it and everyone’s right to explore the countryside. We will take everyone on a journey through our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), to a climactic closing moment in all four nations of the UK.  [more]
Job Profile: Marine Policy Officer (Scotland) by Ally Lemon, an introduction to his job with a wildlife charity [more]
Have you seen the forecast? asks AdventureSmart for World Meteorological Day
We are renowned for being a bit obsessed with the weather in the UK. According to social anthropologist Kate Fox (2014), at almost any moment, at least a third of the population is either talking about the weather, has already done so or is about to do so. Why the fascination? Well, there’s a lot to talk about - several features of Britain’s geography make the weather here very changeable and famously fickle. [more]
During Tick Bite Prevention Week (in March) we warned everyone: Watch out, ticks about! 
Lyme Disease Action explain all about ticks and lyme disease as well as other tick-borne diseases. There are hints on how to spot ticks and what to do if you find one adn detail what symptoms of the diease to be aware of.  They say: "Many, if not most, of those working in the countryside will have come across ticks, but it is worth emphasising the need for awareness as tick-borne human disease is spreading in the UK." [more]
Wild Wellbeing Walks for Women in Nature By Emily Fox, Youth Programmes Manager at London Wildlife Trust, Keeping it Wild & Rhiane Fatinikun (BGH Founder).
Young women in London have reported feeling more likely to use green space to benefit their health and wellbeing, as well as feeling more confident exploring the outdoors after participating in the ‘Wild Walks’ initiative which deliver wellbeing-centred activities on urban nature reserves, specifically for young women from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic backgrounds (aged 16-25).   [more]
Walk This May By Sarah Philpott, Communications Coordinator at Living Streets
This May sees the return of National Walking Month, the chance for us all to enjoy the benefits of walking and being active. Now that we are once again able to meet friends and family, why not catch up over a walk? Spending time in fresh air and keeping active can do us the world of good – for our physical and mental wellbeing. [more]
For Community Garden Week:  How to set up a community garden  By Sophie Antonelli, Training and Development Manager of Social Farms and Gardens. Sophie gives us hints on how to start and also how to sustain your gardens as well explaining some of the many benefits of community gardens for people and biodiversity [more]
As they say: Now for something slightly different. This article from RZSS is written specifically for Penguin Day which is coming up next week.
Waddling Wildlife Conservation By Lorna Moffat, Experienced Animal Keeper, Edinburgh Zoo
Penguins have been an integral part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) history and have played an important role in our charity’s conservation projects around the globe since Edinburgh Zoo opened in 1913.  Find out about the conservation status of these birds with the funny waddles, tuxedo attire and charismatic personalities and what's it's like caring for them on a day to day basis Lorna says: "Being a penguin keeper is undoubtably a fun, rewarding and challenging job." [more]  It's also a reminder that CJS includes zookeeping vacancies as well as wildlife work and covers worldwide environmental conservation topics.


CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Volunteering, our annual look at volunteering is this year in affiliation with the Association of Volunteer Managers
First published in February Read it in full here
Next Edition:  CJS Focus on Employability – a chance to help grow the green jobs sector.
We love finding our readers jobs, it’s what we do. The more employable our readers are, the more likely they are to get a job and the happier it makes our advertisers. 
We are looking for adverts to run alongside articles from industry professionals (free of course).
This edition is due for publication on 23 May 2022. We're accepting adverts for this edition now. Deadline for adverts is: 13 May 



This month's news includes the latest IPCC reports, the Government's energy strategy and environmental targets announcements plus reactions, also a report from 13 nature charities on the need for urgent UK leadership in 2022 to restore nature at home and globally.Lots of tree planting news from many different organisations but there is concern over the Government's tree planting plan and details of how farming can aid with the climate battle.
Good news from research on rewildlilding, ZSL says "astounding UK nature recovery" which has been observed from space and a call for a Natural History GCSE to be included in the education plans to be announced this spring. Reports show waterbirds and seabirds are facing a wide range of problems impacting their success, however, BTO reveals that some swallows are opting to stay in Britain for the winter. 
And finally: Rathlin's puffins are as punctual as ever, returning right on schedule.


Training logo: Rural Skills Hub

Calendar of events and short courses occurring in June plus additions made over the past month.
Rural Skills Hub The Dry Stone Walling Association and the National Hedgelaying Society have joined forces to launch an exciting new national initiative: the Rural Skills Hub. Bringing together the expertise of the two partner organisations, forming a central point of advice and support for people who want to start a career in rural boundary maintenance. [more]


Useful Information

Fully equipped and experienced farming company seeks long-term ruminant grazing opportunity.
Offers holistic grassland management and regenerative agriculture principles, utilising rotational mob grazing to maximise land output whilst protecting soil. We are searching for a forward thinking, long-term partner, looking to incorporate large numbers of sheep into their arable, dairy or beef enterprise. Particularly one who sees the value in utilising well planned and managed ruminant grazing to improve their soil health. [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: 12 May

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