CJS Professional: November 2022 edition

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25 adverts for posts included in this edition.
Please note adverts are deleted as they reach the closing date.

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CJS Information 

Welcome Emily -  a new member of the CJS Team, creating all the wonderful images you see across our social media [more]  

logo: CIEEM Awards Spnsor 2023

NOMINATIONS CLOSING SOON. We're delighted to be sponsoring the CIEEM’s Higher Education Programme Award again.

You’re more likely to get a job in conservation if you know your subject and you’ve been given the practical guidance to be able to launch straight in to work. [more]
CIEEM have been busy, all of the Awards are now open for nominations AND they are launching a new Green Jobs for Nature website which is part of a campaign aimed at young people and career changers.

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   

If you've advertised with us at any point in the last two years watch your inbox for an invitation to help guide the future of CJS. [more]

Features and In Depth Features

Putting growth on the right path by Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Culture at Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council manages Cannock Chase AONB and it’s getting busier; fuelled by housebuilding in Staffordshire and neighbouring areas, by 2026 the council expects the number of visitors to grow, by around a fifth in less than a decade, to three million a year. With most arriving by car, parking has to be well managed and there are measures being put in place to try and channel people away from the most vulnerable areas and let unofficial paths return to nature. Find out more about trying to get a balance [more ]


Achieving conservation goals with the power of geography by Stuart Bonthrone, Managing Director at Esri UK
A look at how GIS (Geographic Information System) software is helping make a difference in countryside and wildlife conservation.
From tackling habitat loss and climate change to saving historic buildings and helping wildlife thrive, GIS software is helping conservation experts understand complex challenges and make decisions to better protect the world around us. [more]

Improving diversity in the environment sector – a toolkit for today by Drew Bennellick, Head of Land and Nature Policy, National Lottery Heritage Fund
National Lottery Heritage Fund has developed a toolkit to help natural heritage organisations be more inclusive and equitable in recruiting young people from minority ethnic backgrounds at the start of their careers. It contains practical tips and advice, including advertising and outreach, writing job descriptions, shortlisting and selecting candidates and support for staff. Read on to discover more about this great new resource.  [more ]

Organisation profile:  Youth Environmental Service (YES): 
Fixing the environmental talent pipeline by Billy Knowles, Programme Director
A new programme aiming to every young person had the opportunity to spend a year doing paid environmental work. Building on the foundations of programmes from around the world and in other sectors YES is aiming to give every young person the opportunity to spend a year doing paid environmental work to help save the planet. [more]

Introducing Nature North: an unprecedented collaboration to will power Nature Recovery in the North of England by: Steph Hepworth, Nature North Project Officer and Dr Colm Bowe, Nature North Development Manager
The Nature North collaboration will facilitate investment in nature recovery building on the success of existing at scale approaches in the North of England; the Northern Forest and Great North Bog. The aim is to generate green jobs, boost biodiversity, enhance water quality, improve the health of the population, reduce flooding, support climate change adaptation and help attain net zero. [more]

Health Walks in the Derbyshire Dales by Helen Milton, Health Walks Coordinator
We all know that walking is good for us, we are bombarded with information about its benefits to our body and mental wellbeing, all of which are true but still aren’t enough to overcome the barriers which prevent a lot of people from doing it on a regular basis. Health Walks are one way to get our local people walking, feeling confident and making connections with others .Helen explains her role as Coordinator and outlines the benefits to participant and volunteer leader alike.  [more]

Nature and our Mental Health by Charlie Hughes??, Communications and Marketing Manager Wales, Mental Health Foundation
At the Mental Health Foundation, we focus on preventing mental health problems across the UK.  Did you know that in the UK, in early 2021, 1 in 5 adults (21%) experienced depression? That's double the number from 2019 according to the UK Office for National Statistics. To help combat this and promote the benefits of being nature the Foundation recently produced a guide highlighting our ‘best ever’ tips for looking after your mental health.  [more]

Straightforward steps to making nature more accessible by Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet
Originally published on #PurpleTuesday  (1/11) learn how websites can be more accessible to those with disabilities & impairments. Accessibility doesn’t happen by chance, and it can be a daunting topic if you’re just beginning to get to grips with it but the path to the natural world may often start with a digital first step – a step that can help to inform and reassure disabled visitors that a fantastic experience is in store. [more]

Adapting forest management to the changing climate in Alice Holt Forest by Dr Gail Atkinson, Scientist: Climate Change Adaptation
Forest Research is involved in trialling innovative ways to better prepare our woodlands for climate change. Demonstration areas in Alice Holt Forest have been set up to show the implementation of climate change adaptation measures in a woodland typical of south-east England, where the risk of increasing severity, frequency and duration of drought is a particularly important management concern. This article includes some of their current research. [more]

Ahead of World Soils Day next month
World Soil Day - Where Food Begins by Ann Generlich, Marketing Consultant at British Society of Soil Science
Soil holds the key to our planet’s past and future and is the answer to our food, water and energy security, mitigating and adapting to climate change, the safeguarding of biodiversity, and the protection of human health. We are at the tipping point, and the consequences of our actions, including war combined with climate change will ripple across societies worldwide, threatening our food security and health. Healthy soils are crucial to our basic survival as well as our planet’s sustainable future. [more ]


CJS Focus

Now published: CJS Focus on Working with Wildlife in association with The Wildlife Trusts
9 articles & 4 job profiles make up this publication looking specifically at working with wildlife. The lead from The Wildlife Trusts should help you find a niche in the sector. Captive breeding of hazel dormice with Wildwood Trust & the benefits of being a specialist from British Dragonfly Society. We find out about Lily’s journey in to wildlife filmmaking & learn more about the Wildlife Film Network. Careers in wildlife rehabilitation from Secret World Wildlife Rescue, working with birds at BTO & the Hawk Conservancy Trust. We round up with Michael’s journey from postman to ecologist via translocating lynx. There are also 4 job profiles from people already working with wildlife & zookeeping – find out what it’s like and get some tips on how to launch you career. Padded out with jobs, volunteer opportunities & training courses you should feel inspired after reading through. Included in full in this edition here or enjoy it here as a stand alone. 

Features from CJS Focus on Employability. 
Sparsholt – Training the next generation of Countryside Professionals By: David Lock, Curriculum Lead for Land and Wildlife at Sparsholt  More information here or read the article here.
The Many Roads to Employment By: Harriet Gillespie  More information here or read the article here.



With all the political turmoil it's been a mixed month on the countryside news front.
Nature recovery got a boost at the end of last month with Natural England and the University of Exeter announcing a new strategic partnership to boost nature recovery and more recently NatureScot has announced more than £500K for natural capital projects. Natural England also granted national protection to one of the largest areas of lowland heath in the country. The Woodland Trust's new Exmouth site takes shape as the first trees are planted and the National Trust is breaking new ground, literally, as it reconnects a river with the floodplain and they are also creating a grassland savannah in Devon to help the habitat and tackle climate change. 
Wildlife populations face fast, ongoing declines with an average 69% reduction in population sizes across the world, in less than a lifetime - Zoological Society of London. The Wildlife Trusts were dismayed at the announcement of 11 new areas for badger culling this autumn. Forestry and Land Scotland's thermal imaging trials capture growth of local pine marten population. Grey long eared bats have been found in Somerset and there was a successful crayfish release in Hampshire.
And finally the unexpected but very welcome pitter-patter of tiny hooves as the first ‘Wilder Blean’ bison calf is born in the UK.



Calendar of events and short courses occurring in January 2023, this month's calendar also inlcudes details of event available on demand and an ad hoc basis.  As usual there are additions made to the Directory over the past month.
entoLIVE – Free invertebrate science webinars
entoLIVE is a new series of webinars launching in 2023 that will aim to bring invertebrate scientists together with environmental professionals and volunteers. Each webinar will be presented by a scientist and focus on interpreting a research area for a non-academic audience, with a chance for the audience to ask questions following the presentation. And every webinar will be completely free to attend. Season 1 of entoLIVE is scheduled for February to May 2023, with 20 fascinating invertebrate research topics on the menu. [more ]


Useful Information

Two Classified listings: Wild Things and WildlifeTek


Jobs - full details

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

Featured Job: Tree Action Plan Delivery Lead Adviser(3 posts), Natural England. Dorchester, Bridgwater, Bristol, Leeds, York, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

This post has a short closing date: Ranger and Gamekeeper, Private Estate. East Sussex (working 10-5, Mon-Fri)
Senior/Principal Ecologist & Licensed Bat Ecologist, Peak Ecology Ltd. Bakewell Derbyshire
Environmental Contracting Operative, Brindle & Green Ltd. Radbourne, Derbyshire
Coast to Coast Project Manager, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Bainbridge near Leyburn or Tebay
(Fixed term to 31/10/25, part time, 22.5hpw)
Nature Recovery Officer, Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rushmore Farm, Tollard Royal, Wilts. (37hpw)
Head of Conservation, Vincent Wildlife Trust. Eastnor, Ledbury
Senior Project Officer (River Projects), Groundwork East. Hatfield, Hertfordshire and/or Luton, Bedfordshire (Hybrid role ideally full time 37hpw but part time with min 22.5hpw considered)
Project Officer (Hertfordshire), Groundwork East.  Hertfordshire area with some remote working available (Hybrid role ideally full time 37hpw but part time with min 22.5hpw considered)


RSPB Jobs:
Nature Officer. Morben, Wales - Homebased/Hybrid (12 month)
Conservation Scientist - Centre for Landscape Regeneration. David Attenborough Building, Cambridge (4 years)
Conservation Scientist. Flexible in UK / WFH. (Fixed term 24 months with possible extension
Conservation Officer - Suffolk Coast. Flexible in Eastern England (Permanent, 37.5 hpw)
Senior Conservation Scientist. Flexible in England (Permanent, full time 37.5hpw)
Senior Economist. Flexible in UK/ Hybrid - WFH
Principal Economist. Flexible in UK/ Hybrid - WFH
Conservation Finance Principal. Flexible in UK/ Hybrid - WFH (Part time or full time for 24 months)
Assistant Warden. RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Reserve (Full Time, Permanent)
Field Officer - Peatland Restoration. RSPB Orkney – Stromness (Fixed term to March 2026, full time)
Project Manager - Peatland Restoration. RSPB Orkney – Stromness (Fixed term to March 2026, full time)


National Trust Jobs:
Ranger. Dolmelynllyn Estate, Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd (permanent contract)
Ranger. Gaterigghow Sawmill, Nether Wasdale, Seascale (permanent contract)
Area Ranger. Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks (Permanent Contract)
Gardener. Sheffield Park, Sheffield Park, Uckfield (Permanent Contract)
Gardener. Osterley Park, Jersey Road, Isleworth (Permanent Contract)



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