CJS Professional: July 2022

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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Join the Team
Editorial Assistant vacancy right here at CJS.
Primarily working with our Features Commissioning Editor you will set features for the website and newsletters and assist in sharing features to our social media streams, this will include creating images from submitted photographs for sharing. See the full job advert and apply here.
You might remember us advertising for a post similar to this earlier this year. In the worst stroke of luck our lovely new Team Member developed long covid only three months into the contract and is unable to continue. We hope they'll be able to return in the future but don't worry CJS is busy enough that we'll have work for both of you.


41 adverts for posts plus one for a self-employed Freelance Contract post included in this edition.
Please note adverts are deleted as they reach the closing date.

Scroll down or click here to see more information on this month's vacancies


CJS Information 

Social Media: CJS has a presence on all the major social media platforms. Find, follow and connect with us.
We've recently launched a new LinkedIn Group to host all our online updates, you'll find it at: CJS - jobs, news and updates group.
More information about our social media presence here.

Some history and a new old feature from CJS.
We're bringing back the unique CJS Digest of jobs. Tracey's weekly searches generate a list of vacancies relevant for CJS readers averaging 40 each week throughout 2021. Many of those adverts do end up in CJS but for whatever reason quite a few don't and we realised we had a fantastic resource just sitting there. So we're bringing the Digest back as a trial for a few months to see how many additional adverts we can include. click through to find out more and read some history on how we used to make a Countryside Jobs Service publication each week. [more]

Reminder about our Free student subscriptions - please share this one widely.
As this year's new graduates set out on their careers help them on their way by letting them know about CJS's student and new graduate CJS weekly free subscription.  More information here and no obligation sign up is here 

Our lead article for CJS Focus on Employablilty: Finding your feet and the perfect countryside job for you, written by CJS editor Kerryn Humphreys. More information here or read the article here
CJS supports and works with the The Scottish Rewilding Alliance [more]

Features and In Depth Features

Lone Working – Are You Managing the Risk? By Debs Rylands, Director of Programmes and Development at Wild Ideas
In conservation, we generally consider the team members who are out surveying or delivering practical work to be our lone workers, but there are other activities which also need to be considered, such as working alone at the office/base/tool store (including out of hours working) and home and remote workers. [more]

Managing visitors with dogs post-Covid By Stephen Jenkinson: managing dogs in the outdoors specialist
Dog owners are passionate about the feel-good health benefits daily dog walking provides for human and canine alike. More than ever, Covid-19 showed their tenacity in getting outside with their pets, despite threats of fixed penalty notices and being stalked by Police drones. But how best do we as countryside professionals respond to that passion, compounded by the Covid-induced 40% increase in dog ownership? Are dog walkers just an ever-bigger part of our problems or are they equally a key part of the solution to better managing our greenspaces? [more]

logo: Love Parks

Will you be joining Love Parks Week?
this year it's running between 29 July and 5 August.
The annual campaign by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy aims to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy their favourite park, as well as being mindful of protecting it for current and future generations.  Love Parks Week provides a moment to reflect on how vital our green spaces are. [more]

The discussion around job requirements and recruitment continues in this opinion piece by Matt Harris who asks: “Are you having a laugh?”
It’s a question I find myself asking more and more frequently when searching through conservation and countryside management jobs. Since when were PA1/6 and Tractor tickets entry level requirements to get a ranger job?
Read Matt's thoughts here and join the (lively) discussion on Facebook.

Saving lives in wild and remote places By Ian Hugill, Incident Controller and Public Relations Officer of our local outdoor rescuers: The Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team
In winter 1964 walkers getting lost or injured on the increasingly popular Lyke Wake Walk prompted discussion over actions needed to improve the safety of those walking across the tops of the National Park. The result was the formation of Scarborough and District Search and Rescue Team in July of 1965 with twelve volunteers. Our first callout was in October 1965. Read on for advice on how to stay safe and what to do if it does all go wrong.  [more]

Wildlife Trust welcomes farmers’ response to new approaches to speeding up efforts to tackle nature and climate crisis By Lisa Channing, Farming & Wildlife Projects Officer at Nottinhamshire Wildlife Trust
In a county with a profitable farming sector and few obvious candidate areas for large-scale rewilding in its purest sense, the increasingly polarised debate on the future of farming can act as a barrier to progress – potentially putting off farmers keen to do their bit to welcome wildlife onto their land. In counties like Nottinghamshire, we must find innovative farmer-facing solutions to help tackle the nature and climate crises; solutions that still enable farmers to run profitable businesses whilst continuing to meet the nation’s need for home-grown food. [more]

logo: UK100
Organisation Profile: UK100  Marking a milestone for local authority commitment to Net Zero  By Polly Billington, Chief Executive of UK100; a network of the most ambitious local leaders and mayors on climate change. [more]

It's Plastic Free July - a great way for people to get involved to mitigate their impact, think about what they’re buying and, hopefully, to make
some permanent changes to reduce the amount of plastic in their day to day lives.
The 2 Minute Foundation have been pioneering approaches to changing mindsets towards plastic waste since they launched the hashtag #2MinuteBeachClean in 2013. Their innovative 2 Minute Beach Clean and Litter Pick stations are now in over 1000 locations across the UK and have inspired thousands of people to pick up litter. Now the charity’s new Marine Plastic stations, made from plastic waste found on beaches, are starting conversations about how to reduce what we use. [more]

logo: Council for Archaeology

We spend a lot of time managing and looking at our landscapes but what about that we can't see? What's under your feet? Starting next week is The Festival of Archaeology running 16-31 July.  Neil Redfern, Executive Director of the Council for British Archaeology introduces the Festival and explains the importance of archaeology. [more]

As part of the Festival you are invited to Ask an Archaeologist - so we did just that:  An interview with... Chris Jones, Historic Environment Officer for Northumberland National Park Authority  Find out more about Chris's fascinating job  [more]

Job Profile: Countryside Ranger with Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, Casey-Jo Zammit was profiled for the inaugural Female Ranger Week Find out more about her life on this lovely Island [more]
Job Profile: Lecturer in Land-based studies at  Easton College, Norwich. Discover more about educating the next generation of land managers. [more]

Whilst CJS doesn’t want to turn away any genuine potential countryside workers we do want people to know it's not all sunshine and roses. Our job profiles are written by people actually working in the field explaining exactly what the job entails, the qualifications and skills they need and offering a little advice to people looking at a similar career.  If you would like to submit a profile of your job role there are more details here.

CJS Focus

Last Edition: CJS Focus on Employability published on Monday 23 May Read it in full here.
Next Edition: CJS Focus on Working with Wildlife in association with The Wildlife Trusts. More information about this edition here.
Feature from CJS Focus on Employability. Arbtech MD Robert Oates highlights how ecologists can boost their employability  More information here or watch the video here.



Lots of news this month including the worrying bird flu outbreak devastating our seabirds but there is better news for many bird populations with details several counts being released this last month. Also several discoveries: dormice in Worcestershire, pine hoverfly in Scotland, booming octopus numbers off Cornwall and the lovely but worrying sight of bee-eaters in Norfolk. There's also the release of the Government’s National Food Strategy which was met with both criticism and approval. The National Trust has launched a new horticulture scholarship at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. In the woodlands we're looking for veteran trees of which there may be many more than we thought and at the planting statistics which are not good.
And finally it's great to hear of wildlife rescues with a happy endings: Group of badgers rescued from 16ft deep sewage tank by Scottish SPCA and an update on the lost loggerhead turtle from BDMLR, she's doing really well and having a lovely time in Scarborough - at the Sealife centre not playing the games on the seafront in case you were wondering!



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


Jobs - full details

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

Principal/Senior Ecologists, Neo Environmental. Warrington or Glasgow - will also consider full-time remote working anywhere in the UK for the right candidate
Seasonal Ghillies, Grosvenor Estate. Reay Forest Estate, Sutherland (4 posts starting July 2022 to October 2022, 40hpw) Also Seasonal Domestic work available:  various housekeeping and cook positions available.
Ecologist, Appletons. North West/ North Manchester/ Bolton (Full Time or Part Time contract)
Ecologist, Midland Ecology. Midlands (Permanent Position)
Minerals Ecology Advice Manager, RSPB. Flexible in England (permanent, ideally full-time role, would consider part-time min 30hpw or job share)
Assistant Warden - Dearne Valley - Old Moor, RSPB. Wombwell, Barnsley (Fixed-Term 6 months, 37.5 hpw)
Ranger, National Trust. Ashridge Estate, Visitor Centre, Berkhamstead. (Permanent contract)
Ranger, National Trust. Bedfordshire Prop, Chute Farm, Dunstable (Permanent contract)
Link Together Project Manager, Durham Wildlife Trust. Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring (Full time, 42 month contract)
Lead Farm Ranger: Organics and Rewilding, The Magdalen Environmental Trust.  Magdalen Farm, near Chard
Ranger, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership. Romney Marsh (Permanent - Full Time)
Stockperson & Assistant Stockperson, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Pond Farm, Wisley Common or Bonhurst Farm, Bramley (35 hours per week + 1 week in 6 on call rota (including weekend))
Conservation Manager, Surrey Wildlife Trust. East Surrey
Ranger, National Trust. Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple (Fixed end date contract)
Ranger, National Trust. Salcombe, South Down Farm, Kingsbridge (Permanent contract)
Community Engagement Officer, RSPB Scotland. RSPB Mersehead, Southwick, Dumfries (Fixed to 31/03/23, part time 18.75hpw)
Island Manager - Outer Hebrides, RSPB Scotland. Outer Hebrides (Full-time, Permanent 37.5 hpw)
Site and Facilities Supervisor, Wild Futures. Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall (Full time 5 dpw with weekend work)
Senior Ranger, Banstead Commons Conservators. Banstead, Surrey (37 hpw)
Visitor Operations Manager, Markshall Estate. Essex (Permanent, Full-time, 37.5 hrs. per week (includes regular weekends))
Senior Nature Recovery Manager (North Hampshire), Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Base Location: College Copse Farm, Hook or Beechcroft House (Permanent, full time 35hpw)
Senior Nature Recovery Manager (New Forest & Lower Test Valley), Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Base Location: Beechcroft House and Testwood Lakes (Permanent, full time 35hpw)
Project Manager - Creation of Nature-rich Visitor Attraction, RSPB. Kingsbrook, Aylesbury (Fixed term 2 year contract, full time 37.5hpw)
Conservation Scientist, RSPB. Flexible in UK (9 month contract)
Assistant Warden, RSPB. South Essex Reserves - Pitsea (Permanent, full time 3.75 hpw)
Assistant Ranger, National Trust. Osterley Park (Fixed term contract)
Ecologist, National Trust. Hinton Ampner (1 year fixed term contract to 04/09/23, 18.75hpw)
Ranger, National Trust. Hatchlands Park (Permanent contract)
Country Parks Operations Lead, ANGUSalive. Monikie Country Park, Angus (Permanent contract 36.25 hpw)
Outdoors Physical Activity Lead, ANGUSalive. Monikie Country Park, Angus (Permanent contract 36.25 hpw)
LINK Agriculture Advocacy Officer, Scottish Environment LINK. LINK office Edinburgh, with flexible home working (Part time normally 21hpw, fixed term to April 2024 (further 12 month extension funding dependent)
Dartmoor Biodiversity Officer, South West Lakes Trust. Base: Burrator Reservoir with flexible remote working, also required to travel to various sites across Dartmoor notably Venford Reservoir (Fixed term 01/08/22 - 31/03/25, 37.5hpw on flexible basis including weekends Bank Holidays and some evenings)
Senior Nature-based Solutions Officer, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford (Permanent, full time 35 hpw))
Bat Surveyors, ECOSA. Ideally be based within reasonable travelling distance of either our Head Office in Hampshire or Gloucestershire Office (and the adjoining counties) and we would also welcome applicants located across southern England. (Zero hours contracts - Ideally, you will be able to commit to joining us on a regular/semi-regular basis on weeknights/early mornings during until September/October)
2 Ranger/Local Nature Reserve Officers, Durham County Council. Durham (Permanent, full time 37 hpw)
Assistant Warden (Fixed-Term), RSPB. Ribble Reserves (12 month fixed term, full time, 37.5 hpw)
Assistant Warden - Central Highland Reserves, RSPB Scotland. Central Highland Reserves, Inverness (Permanent, full time)
Visitor Operations Manager - Devon, RSPB. Exe Estuary, Exminster (Permanent, part time 26 hpw)
Charity Assistant Manager, The PROSPECTS Foundation.  Accrington, East Lancashire (open contract for 4 dpw / 29.6 hpw)
Ecological Field Surveyors, Keystone Ecology. UK Wide. (paid temporary)
Freelance, Self-employed and Contracts Out to Tender.
Freelance Educator - Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre, Thames21. London (ongoing self-employed contract)



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