CJS Professional: August 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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Featured Job: Two permanent Arborist roles with Kirklees Council
At Kirklees we want to be innovative and creative in the way we work to deliver our services to our communities and we are always looking for better and smarter ways to work. The Parks and Greenspace Operational Delivery team work together to manage and maintain the councils parks, greenspaces, play areas and trees. The primary role of the Arborist is to undertake works on behalf of the council working within the Forestry section who are responsible for the management of trees. [more]

33 adverts for posts including one self-employed contract 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 

logo: CIEEM Awards Sponsor 2023

We're delighted to be sponsoring the CIEEM’s Higher Education Programme Award again.
CIEEM Awards 2023 will soon be opening for nominations!
The first Awards open for nominations in August and are outlined below, with the rest of the Awards opening in October. Keep an eye on the CIEEM website for updates. Awards Launching in August: CIEEM’s Higher Education Programme Award, sponsored by CJS. CIEEM’s Postgraduate Student Project Award, sponsored by Stantec [more]


Organisation profile: RSN - National Champion for Rural Services:  CJS are RSN members and we were delighted that they chose to profile CJS in the July newsletter. The Rural Services Network is an independent organisation that campaigns for a better deal for rural communities in England. Find out more about RSN aims and benefits of membership here.  

old metal padlock on woodgate, hasp is open, Text reads: Unlock your future

 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.

New to Nature – Opportunity for employers in the environmental sector Groundwork has launched a new programme of paid work placements designed to help diversify the natural environment sector. Applications are now open for organisations across the UK who can provide natural environment-focused work placements from the start of 2023 [more]

logo: Countryside Classroom

From our Featured Charity for 2022: Countryside Classroom Passport
Countryside Classroom works with partners to produce the very best curriculum linked resources covering a range of issues relating to healthy eating and sustainability. One popular resource aimed at Primary school aged children is an activity booklet called the Countryside Classroom Passport. The Countryside Classroom Passport has three exciting sections with a range of challenges asking children to find out, write, make, draw, do, and visit, all encouraging students to discover topical issues relating to food, farming and the natural environment. [more]   


Features and In Depth Features

Virtual Fencing, a Conservation Graze-Changer? By Kelly Hunt, Assistant Ranger, Stour Valley (BCP Council)
Thought sheep were stupid did you? Well turns out even they can learn the technicalities of virtual fencing. Kelly's recent MSc dissertation involved a trial investigating the effectiveness of using virtual paddocks for conservation grazing purposes. By the end of the trial, the sheep were successfully grazing in paddocks with incomplete physical fencing or a lack of fencing all together.  [more ]

Text reads: "A Meet the CJS Team post" above an image of hard cracked earth with a few blades of grass straggling in from the side. Overlaid with text: Will the water always flow?
A meet the CJS Team post. Will the water always flow? By Amy Worley, CJS Features Commissioning Editor
Spring water tastes nice, it has no chemicals added to it; yeah sure it  contains all sorts of organisms that can be harmful to mankind but Amy at CJS wouldn’t swap it for mains even though at the moment the supply is running low. After one of the driest winters she’s known and the incredibly hot weather with no real rain for months and no rain on the horizon. Can she make it through? Find out about the measures Amy takes to keep the water flowing. [more]

National Highways: Low Nutrient Grasslands - reducing maintenance and increasing biodiversity by Ben Hewlett, Senior Environmental Advisor – Safety, Engineering & Standards MSc, BSc (Hons)
The government owned National Highways operates, maintains & improves the Strategic Road Network. As part of this they also look to improve biodiversity on our roads. A policy introduced in 2020 stopped the use of topsoil for newly created sites instead leaving the area as bare substrate to naturally regenerate. Discover more on the reasons behind this and the success seen. [more]

For Plastic Free July: #PlasticInMammals research – Looking at the ingestion of plastic by our UK small mammal populations By Emily Thrift, MSci graduate from University of Sussex
Plastic pollution is a worry. Would you be surprised to know that small terrestrial mammals have plastics in their body?  Read about the  #PlasticInMammals project, the findings indicated that four of the seven species studied, hedgehog, field vole, wood mouse and brown rat were found to contain microplastics in their faeces. Delve in to more indepth analysis. [more]

It’s all about balance, an opinion piece by  Henry Barnard, Lead Ranger, Central Surrey Hills, National Trust
A refreshing take on an employer getting it right. Henry says “During the past ten years I have never once felt that I could not put my family first, or that it would harm my career to do so. In fact, since working for the National Trust I have been actively encouraged to take time with my family and prioritise home life over work life. He wants to give other people the benefits but is struggling to recruit.  [more ]

If you want to write an article for CJS about your experiences in the conservation sector then click here to find out more about how to do it. And we're always on the look out for more Job Profiles find more about how to send yours here.

Job profile: Highways and PROW Officer For the Isle of Man Government [more]

CJS Focus

Current 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, due for publication on 7 October. 
Now accepting early adverts, more information here.

Features from CJS Focus on Employability.
Working for Denbighshire Countryside Service: learn about Claudia's role as a Ranger and how she secured a career in environmental conservation. More information here or read the article here.
Make Connections: Aidan Neary who now works for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has had a winding path to his current job. Discover his tips and read about the journey. More information here or read the article here.



This year's Green Flag Awards list was published this week, 2208 greenspaces are now proudly flying their flags along with 565 miles of Canal and River Trust waterways. UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology reports that agri-environment measures boost wildlife populations in long-term farm study. The Big Plastic Count report was published by Greenpeace and it makes for depressing reading.
More good news for beavers and pine marten too. Kent Wildlife Trust released bison into the wild to tackle climate change. There was a milestone moment for the ospreys in Kielder with the successful rearing of their 100th .
And finally some excellent news for our sector: Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities announced that over 100 new and revamped parks across the UK and Groundwork launched a new youth employment programme to support 70 young people into environmental jobs.



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


Sarah Warburton, Freelance Proofreader - with a lifelong love of the outdoors
Sarah offers discounted rates for non-profits. [more ]


Jobs - full details

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

Arborist, Kirklees Council. Huddersfield (Permanent)
Farm Advice (Catchment Sensitive Farming), Natural England. National – Northumbria, Cumbria, Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire Cheshire & Lancashire, West Midlands, West Anglia, Wessex, Devon, Cornwall & IoS, Sussex & Kent
Principal Ecologist, EcoNorth Ltd. core team is based in Cramlington, Northumberland,  welcome applications from candidates based in Scotland, North West England or Humberside.
Programme Manager - Peatland Action Fund, RSPB Scotland. RSPB Scotland HQ – Edinburgh (Fixed term to March 2026)
Estate Worker - Lake Vyrnwy, Wales, RSPB Cymru. Lake Vyrnwy (Full time, 37.5 hpw, 5 month fixed term)
Interpretation & Engagement Officer, North Pennines AONB Partnership. AONB Offices, Stanhope (Temporary contract for 15 months, extended for 4 years subject to funding)
Education Officer, Manx BirdLife. Laxey, Isle of Man (4dpw)
Senior Forest Manager, Bronwin & Abbey Ltd. Worcester
Local Plan Project Officer, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Bainbridge, Leyburn (with hybrid working) (Contract to 28/07/24, 30hpw)
Harvesting Manager / Senior Harvesting Manager - South East Scotland, Scottish Woodlands. South East Scotland
Senior GIS Analyst, RSPB. Sandy or Edinburgh (2 year fixed term, full time role 37.5hpw)
Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB. Flexible in England (permanent role 37.5 hpw)
Site Manager - Sunart Reserves, RSPB Scotland. Glenborrodale (Permanent Full-Time)
Forestry Operative, Kilmaha Forestry & Countryside Management. Based in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire but working across the region (Permanent)
Conservation & Farm Manager, Elan Valley Trust. Rhayader, Powys (37.5hpw)
Recreation Ranger, South West Lakes Trust. Burrator Reservoir (Dartmoor Area) (Permanent, 40hpw to include weekends, Bank Holidays and evenings)
Regional Officer, BASC. Home-Based ideally be based in Essex, Suffolk or South Cambridgeshire
County Wildlife Site Ranger, South West Lakes Trust. Roadford Lake office base with home working (7 month contract 09/22 - 03/23, 18.75hpw to include weekends, Bank Holidays and evenings)
Tree Technician (Ground Worker), Bonny's Wood. Hassocks, West Sussex
Forest Craftsperson - Devon, Forestry England. Kennford, nr Exeter, Devon (37 hours usually worked Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend working required)
Natural Networks Officer, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Worcestershire (Full time contract to end of June 2023)
Area Ranger, National Trust. Dunwich Heath, Saxmundham (Permanent contract)
Area Ranger, National Trust. Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter (Permanent)
Area Ranger, National Trust. Corfe Castle, Wareham (Permanent)

Agriculture Regulatory Inspection Officer – Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, Environment Agency.
Head of Conservation, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. Herefordshire
Net Zero Policy Adviser, Scottish Land & Estates. Based at: Scottish Land & Estates’ Headquarters, Musselburgh with hybrid working options (34.5hpw)
Countryside Officer, Staffordshire County Council. Based on Country Parks, working across Staffordshire (Permanent, 37hpw)
Team Member / Leader, Wood-Land SW Ltd. Bridgwater, Somerset (full time)
Warden - Forsinard Flows, RSPB Scotland. Forsinard Flows (Full time Permanent)
Assistant Warden - North Kent Marshes, RSPB. Northward Hill Rochester, (Fixed term to 31/03/23, full time 37.5hpw)
Assistant Warden - Dungeness, RSPB. Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent (6 month fixed term , full time)


Freelance, Self-employed and Contracts out to Tender
Community Tree Nursery Coordinator, Bolghen Tree Nursery CIC.  Trethowel, St Austell, Cornwall (16 hours split over 3 days)


The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on:  8 September

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