CJS Professional: June 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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36 adverts for posts plus one for a trainee post included in this edition.
Please note adverts are deleted as they reach the closing date.

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CJS Information 

It will be office pup Stella's first Bring Your Dog to Work Day and she's very excited and keen to share the fun of work with other like-minded canines and to encourage their humans to share the office, whether that's a bricks and mortar office or a four-wheeled one. [more]


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Unlock your future. 
About to or just graduated? Looking for your first countryside, conservation, ecology job?
CJS offers all new graduates and current students a full year's subscription to CJS Weekly completely free of charge. All you need to do is fill in the form and we'll start sending you weekly copies. [more]
Please share our free subscription information with any new graduates or current students looking to start their careers. You'll find the same information on our facebook page here so you can share that post if it's easier.

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From our Featured Charity for 2022: it's Farming Fortnight
, a two-week long celebration during 6th – 17th June all about farming and food production created by the leading agricultural charity LEAF Education.  Since its launch back in 2019 Farming Fortnight has become a popular event in the academic calendar. There has been a huge uptake from schools with teachers welcoming the newly developed curriculum-linked topic sheets, lesson plans, case studies and videos that all explore different farming sectors.  [more]   

Features and In Depth Features

Conservation & Neurodivergent Me an opinion piece by Alister Harman, Park Ranger
Conformity is a massive problem for the neurodiverse, and this is often picked up on in interviews instead of suitability for the role. In this opinion piece written especially for CJS, Alister, now a Park Ranger, explains how the many skills he has can be of huge benefit to an organisation, if only the interview process took account of a diverse workforce.  [more ]


The mother of all career issues? An opinion piece written especially for CJS about some of the problems faced by mothers on returning to work in conservation after having children.  Hannah began work as a ranger in 2006, specialising in environmental education from 2011 onwards. She has two children. [more ]

Landowner Estates Pushing Tenants Out for Tree Planting By Caroline Squire, Tenant Farmers Association Adviser
It’s all well and good to encourage farmers to turn some land over to wildlife but worryingly, the most recent Defra farm rent survey already shows a 3% reduction in the land area let on Farm Business Tenancies, which is thought to be a direct result of landlords taking land back for treeplanting and rewilding purposes already, so that they can capitalise on such schemes themselves. Tenant Farmers Association discusses one of the unintended consequences of rewilding & tree planting initiatives. [more]  NB: this one attracted a lot of discussion on Facebook, join the discussion here.

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Ahead of the inaugural World Female Ranger Week:
The Rise of Female Wildlife Rangers Globally By Holly Budge
British Adventurer Holly Budge launches World Female Ranger Week (June 23 - 30th, 2022) to amplify the impact of female wildlife rangers on a global stage. This ground-breaking global awareness week, spearheaded by international NGO, How Many Elephants, celebrates and supports female wildlife rangers - They're bold, changing the game and paving the way for women to stand alongside men at the forefront of conservation, but they need allies. [more ]

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CJS Focus

Current edition:  CJS Focus on Employability – Now published and included in full here.
10 articles & 1 video presentation make up this incredibly useful publication for those entering the conservation sector but also for people moving around and moving on within their careers.
Articles on: how to choose your path through the sector from CJS. A couple of personal experiences of getting in to conservation work – how they made themselves more employable and got there in the end. National Trust is a huge employer, they provide details on what makes a countryside job application stand out to them. A profile of working in rights of way and how to get in to it from ScotWays. Eva has secured a paid traineeship with TCV, she talks about what she did whilst at university, to gain practical experience. Our video presentation is from Rob, Arbtech MD on just what he is looking for in an employee – you’ll be surprised to find it’s not always practical experience or qualifications. Are colleges doing enough to equip students for the world of work – Sparsholt College thinks so and runs through how they ensure students are ready for careers in conservation. The all-important interview prep is covered by Richard Dodd from Ecology Academy – a must read. And to end, Antony at TEP reflects on his career path and how he moved on and up. The publication also contains adverts for courses and resources to help you become more employable.

Next Edition: CJS Focus on Working with Wildlife, in association with The Wildlife Trusts, due for publication on 7 October.  Suggestions for content welcome, please contact Focus Co-ordinator Amy on focus@countryside-jobs.com


A good mix of stories this month including the wonderful news that the Scottish Government intends to create a third National Park in Scotland and has opened a consultation on which and where. Whilst in England Natural England has created a 'super' National Nature Reserve for wildlife across the Somerset levels and Durham Wildlife Trust reports on the successes of their Healing Nature project which was only launched in January 2021 and is already generating amazing results.
The Office for Environmental Protection calls for urgent action to meet the ambitions of the 25 Year Environment Plan - The Office for Environmental Protection. The World meteorological Organization reports four key climate indicators broke records last year but Nottingham Trent University's new study offers hope that conservation can help nature adapt to changing climate.
History was made this month when the first peregrine falcon chick hatched at St Albans Cathedral. Good news from Bat Conservation Trust who reported that Britain’s bats are edging towards recovery, and there are promising results from the mountain hare survey, however it's not such good news for butterflies with half of British butterflies now on the Red List.
And finally time to nominate your national park heroes: Recognising and rewarding the people who protect National Parks - Park Protector Awards 2022 now open for nominations - Campaign for National Parks.



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



Jobs - full details

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

Ecologists, permanent and seasonal roles,  Atmos Consulting Ltd. Mold North Wales (Seasonal roles are on 6-to-8-month fixed term contract commencing May/June 2022)
Garden and Conservation Supervisor, St Andrews Botanic Garden. St Andrews, Scotland (permanent, 40 hpw)

Assistant/Graduate/Field Ecologists, Keystone Ecology. Tetbury, Gloucestershire (Full Time, Permanent and seasonal positions available)
Ecological Contractor / Operative up to Landscaping Supervisor, Keystone Habitats. based near Chipping Sodbury working across UK.
Peatlands Engagement and Communications Officer, RSPB Scotland. Forsinard Flows (Full time permanent)
Senior Conservation Officer - Yorkshire & Humber, RSPB. Dearne Valley - Old Moor working across Yorks & Humber. (Permanent, Full-Time 37.5hpw)
Senior / Forest Manager, Pryor and Rickett Silviculture.  Based in Hereford but will be serving our portfolio in the Welsh Marches.
Consultancy Administrator, Devon Wildlife Trust, Aldens Court, Devon (part time 22.5hpw) NB: Closes on Sunday 12 June.
Project Manager, National Trust. Manchester / Flexible (Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/23)
Project Support Co-ordinator, National Trust. York / Flexible (Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/23)
Senior / Principal Ecologist, Quantock Ecology Ltd. home based or from Taunton office. (Full time 37.5hpw)

Natural Environment Officer, Shropshire Council. Shropshire (Permanent, 37hpw)
Harvesting Manager, Scottish Woodlands. Dumfries
Head Gardener, National Trust. Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth.
Countryside Manager, National Trust. Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge (permanent)

Area Ranger, National Trust. Calke Abbey, Derbyshire. (permanent)
Monitoring Officer - Orkney Native Wildlife Project, RSPB Scotland. Kirkwall Office (Fixed term contract for 29 months, 37.5hpw)
Conservation Advisor, RSPB Scotland. Inverness (Maternity cover, full time 37.5hpw)
Project Officer, Great Western Community Forest, Swindon Borough Council. Swindon (hours may be negotiable to 37hpw)
Bid Writer, Middlemarch Environmental. Coventry, remote considered
Submissions Administrator, Middlemarch Environmental. Coventry, remote considered
Compliance Manager, Euroforest Limited.  Carlisle
Director of Resources, Devon Wildlife Trust. Cricklepit Mill, Exeter (full-time, permanent)
Assistant Ranger, National Trust. Newton Abbott (Fixed 24 month contract
Trees Action Plan Lead Adviser, Natural England. Post based in Bridgwater, Bristol, Dorchester, Kendal, Leeds, Penrith and York. (Fixed term contract to 31/03/25)
Wildlife Licensing Lead Advisers, Natural England. Posts available across England
Forest Manager/Senior Forest Manager (2 vacancies), English Woodlands Forestry. Based in West Sussex/Hampshire
Conservation Scientist - Social Science, RSPB. Flexible in England (20-month contract, 37.5 hpw)

Lead Data Manager, RSPB Flexible in UK (permanent, full time 37.5hpw)
Agriculture Regulatory Inspection Officers – Solent and South Downs (4 posts available), Environment Agency. Hampshire, West Sussex or East Sussex (permanent, 37 hpw)
Agriculture Regulatory Inspection Officers – Wessex (6 posts available), Environment Agency. Wessex: Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset (permanent 37 hpw)
Regional Surveyor, CLA South West, Country Land and Business Association (CLA). Based at Biddestone near Chippenham, Wiltshire
Farm Instructor, Lambourne End Centre. Essex (35hpw involving flexible working)
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Officer, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Flexible (part time 15-20hpw)
Lead Forester, Grosvenor. Abbeystead Estate, Trough of Bowland, Lancs
Seasonal Field Surveyors, Ecology Solutions. Offices in Worcestershire, Hertfordshire and Manchester but vacancies available across the UK. (Work available until Sept / Oct)

Practical Conservation Traineeship x2, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. 1 north Wiltshire at Lower Moor, 1 south Wiltshire at Langford Lakes (Full time for 9 months, 37.5hpw)


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