CJS Professional: December 2022 edition

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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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26 adverts for posts plus one for a year in industry placement 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



Volunteer Day: 5 December was the UN's International Volunteer Day. Held each year it is an opportunity for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, share values and promote the good work they do. Information on countryside and conservation volunteering opportunities including how to advertise free of charge. [more ]


CJS Information 

Details of CJS deadlines and publication dates over Christmas and New Year here.
Download your copy of the handy CJS Calendar complete with all the dates, deadlines for CJS publications plus information. (pdf)

CJS is happy to support the National Biodiversity Network Trust for another year to help harness biodiversity data to tackle the climate and nature emergencies. [more]

logo: People's Trust for Endangered Species

Introducing our new Featured Charity: The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).
Jill Nelson, Chief Executive at PRES explains more about the organisation and its aims: PTES is an international conservation charity, protecting endangered animals and their habitats. This worldwide remit is of course impossibly broad, so we specialise in certain areas to maximise our input. The unifying threads are the passion that drives our work and our conviction to follow the science. Our approach is to inspire and enable thousands of people to help us, ranging from direct support for conservation professionals to involving the public and volunteers in practical action to help specific species and their habitats.
Jill says: "It’s an absolute pleasure to be chosen as CJS’s charity for 2023." [more]

Features and In Depth Features

logo: North York Moors National Park - 70

We are delighted to celebrate the 70th 'birthday' of our own National Park, the North York Moors which surrounds the CJS Office.

The 70th anniversary of the North York Moors National Park  By Tom Hind, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority 
People have found a new appreciation for green, open spaces and the benefits they can bring to our wellbeing. We are also a more diverse population, and one of the greatest challenges to the relevance of National Parks is how they can reach and benefit all parts of society. Find out more about the role national parks can play [more]

Renewable energy on the Hadlow Estate
Hadlow Estate diversified in to renewable energy in 2014. A solar park now occupies a 64-acre site in Capel next to the London-Ashford railway line. As well as providing much needed green energy locally, the park and its surroundings provide a home for an abundance of wildlife, thanks to its hedges, trees and wildflower meadows. Bird and bat boxes have been installed in nearby woodland and hedgerows to provide roosting sites and nesting opportunities and are already being used. Is this type of diversification for you? [more]

Listening to young voices in a changing climate By Peter Littlewood, Director of The Young People's Trust for the Environment
In a recent survey asking young people - specifically those aged 10-11 - about their concerns regarding climate change involving The Young People's Trust for the Environment, the children’s verdict on adults in general was pretty damning, with only 16% thinking that adults were doing a good job of looking after the environment and 60% stating that they were not. Find out more about how the organisation is working to get young people’s voices heard [more]

Rhos Pasture - A Hidden Gem  By Lucy Morton , Project Manager of the SMS Rhos Pasture Restoration project run by Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Rhos is a Welsh word meaning ‘moor’ or ‘moorland’ and describes wet marshy grassland. This type of grassland also occurs in other parts of the UK, where it is known by different names: culm grassland in Devon, fen meadow in East Anglia and wet lawns in the New Forest. It is a habitat that is widespread but declining in Wales. [more]

PAN UK: Four decades on the frontline of tackling pesticides for a safer and more sustainable future By Josie Cohen, Head of Policy and Campaigns, PAN UK
It has been estimated that less than 0.1 percent of pesticides reach their target organisms, leaving the remainder to contaminate our environment. Pollution, including pesticides, has been identified as the fourth biggest driver of terrestrial and marine biodiversity loss, third biggest driver of freshwater biodiversity loss and the second biggest driver of insect decline. Pesticide Action Network UK are trying to do something about it.  [more]

Hedgerow Carbon Code by Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. 
With British agriculture committed to become carbon neutral by 2040 farmers are beginning to work out how the carbon accounts can be calculated for their farms. GWCT explain their new tool the Hedgerow Carbon Calculator which is being tested at the Allerton Project farm at Loddington in Leicestershire. To calculate the carbon in a hedge the landowner enters the hedges dimensions; length, width and height in ten meter lengths to allow for the natural variation in British hedges. It is estimated that British hedgerows are currently storing around nine million tonnes of carbon valued at £63m at base carbon prices. There is enormous potential to increase this figure.  [more]

The importance of orchards and harvests By Kath Rosen, CEO of The Orchard Project
Kath introduces The Orchard Project the UK’s only charity dedicated to bringing orchards into the heart of urban communities. She outlines the benefits of orchards offer, not only for people and cider but also for biodiversity.  Find out how the project works, the aims and how you can get involved. [more]

Published for #GivingTuesday (29/11)  Small things make a big difference by Kaye Thomas, Administrator and Digital Media Officer at The Barn Owl Trust
The Barn Owl Trust is a small charity working to stop the rapid decline of Barn Owls in the UK by trying to reduce the pressure put on them from environmental and anthropogenic factors. Run by volunteers, as are many charities in our sector, any small act of giving supporters can make is worth its weight in gold.  [more]

CJS Focus

Most recent edition: CJS Focus on Working with Wildlife in association with The Wildlife Trusts. Published on 17 October Read it in full here.
Next Edition: CJS Focus on Volunteering due for publication 6 February 2023 More information about this edition here.
It's never too early to get adverts in for this edition, it's always a big one and with Christmas in the middle why not submit your ads today? If you've got experience or insight into volunteering in our sector would you like to write an article? It's a brilliant way to promote your project, site or even yourself.

Features from CJS Focus on Working with Wildlife in association with The Wildlife Trusts.
A perfect partnership by: Gary Benton, Head of Living Collection at the Hawk Conservancy Trust who tells us of life long love of falconry and the bond he has with Lester the merlin.   More information here or read the article here.
Wonderful ways to work with wildlife By: Harry Shepherd, Media Manager, The Wildlife Trusts Explains that there is a wealth of different career positions that contribute to protecting and restoring our natural world. More information here or read the article here.
Breaking Into the Wildlife Filmmaking Industry By: Lily Harper, Natural History Researcher
Lily's route to a paid job has involved lots of volunteering, passion & lying in the wet grass. More information here or read the article here



A new report suggests that creating and restoring more coastal saltmarshes full of carbon-storing mud could be as important as tree planting in the fight against climate change. The Natural History Museum is to lead new Department for Education partnership in England and put climate change and biodiversity loss at the heart of education.
Natural England is to designate 3,000 hectares of spectacular Lake District landscape as a new National Nature Reserve - Natural England. In Scotland the Green fund distributes £3m to enhance Scotland’s coasts and seas - NatureScot. During Green Careers Week: Local leaders call on Government to ‘end the mess’ of ‘disjointed’ green jobs and skills support - UK100 poll and briefing
There's good news for wildlife too with corncrake numbers increasing on Skye, reintroduction of water voles in Wales and Forestry Commission confirm the return of pine marten to the south of England - Forestry England it wasn't such good news off the south coast as Kent Wildlife Trust wildlife volunteers stood down after raw sewage pumped into sea off Margate. National Trust completes over 130 renewable energy projects to put green power at the heart of conservation.
And finally ... Celebrating outstanding people: The winners and runners-up of the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2022 were announced on Wednesday 9 November 2022 and Scottish Wildlife Trust celebrated environmental volunteers in their Trustees’ Awards for Volunteering 2022.
A suitably festive story for the first week of December: Meerkats, lions and squirrel monkeys enjoy advent surprises at ZSL London Zoo



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



Denise Baden is really excited to report that the Green Stories project have now published the anthology of climate solutions wrapped in short stories called No More Fairy Tales: Stories to Save Our Planet. [more ]


Jobs - full details

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

Featured Job: Project Manager for Natural England. There are opportunities available across England.  Play a critical role in delivering Natural England’s programme of change.

Ecological Field Officer, Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. Midlands region (permanent, 40 hpw, part time may be considered, flexible approach to seasonal demands essential)
Ecological Clerk of Works, Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. Midlands region (permanent, 40 hpw, part time may be considered, flexible approach to seasonal demands essential)
Senior Ecologist/Ecologist, E3 Ecology. Northumberland, Durham, North Yorkshire or Scottish Borders (there may be some flexibility for the right candidate). (full time, 4 day week may be considered)
Area Manager, Central Scotland, Euroforest. Central Scotland (full time permanent, Mon-Fri)
Wild Heart Project Officer, Borders Forest Trust. South Scotland, near Moffat. (Involve balance of home / office and outdoor work)
Lecturer – Estate Skills & Practical Habitat Management, Plumpton College. Lewes
Environmental Record Centre Manager (CPERC), The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. Cambourne, Cambridgeshire (Permanent part time 30hpw, would consider 22.5hpw)
Countryside Assistant (2 posts available), Bolsover Woodlands Enterprise. Bolsover, Chesterfield (Full time, 37hpw, initially for 2 years with possibility of extension)
Ecological Survey Co-ordinator / Administrator, Ecosupport Ltd / Animex International. Hampshire Office based in Lee On Solent. (Permanent post)
Countryside Project Officer, Surrey County Council. Epsom (2 year fixed term, 36hpw)
Senior Ecological Consultant, Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants. Coughton, Warwickshire or Lichfield, Staffordshire (Full time, permanent 39.5hpw)
Principal Ecological Consultant, Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants. Coughton, Warwickshire or Lichfield, Staffordshire (Full time, permanent 39.5hpw)
Ranger, Private Estate. East Sussex.
Assistant Conservation Officer, Barn Owl Trust. Ashburton, Devon (Initial 12 month renewable contract)
Forest Planner, Scottish Woodlands Ltd. North Scotland

RSPB Jobs:
Assistant Warden x 2, Exe Estuary in Devon (12 month fixed term, full time 37.5hpw)
Seasonal Assistant Warden - Wallasea Island, RSPB Wallasea Island, Rochford, Essex. (8 month fixed term, full time 37.5hpw)
Trapper - Orkney Native Wildlife Project, Kirkwall Office. (2 fixed-term contracts available – one for 6 months and one for 24 months. Both Full time)
Seasonal Field Officer - Plovers in Peril, Titchwell Marsh, North-West Norfolk (6 months, ideally 1/3 - 31/8/23)
Project Officer - Species on the Edge - Orkney, RSPB Scotland - Orkney (4 years, full time)
Curlew LIFE Project Officer, RSPB Cymru – Bangor (Full time 37.5hpw, 2 year fixed term to Dec2024)
Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor, Flexible in South East England (Full time, permanent)
Warden - Sunart Reserves, Glenborrodale, Fort William (full time 37.5 hpw, permanent)

National Trust Jobs:
Lead Ranger, Slindon Estate (Fixed term contract)
Ranger, Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport (permanent, part time)


Year in industry placement 2023/2024, River Holme Connections. Honley, Huddersfield (11 months, expected start July 2023, full time 37.5hpw)



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 12 January 2023

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 9 January

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