2019 is a very special one for CJS, it's our silver anniversary!
Can you believe it? The first edition of Countryside Jobs Service, which later became CJS Weekly, was published 25 years ago that's roughly 1250 editions.
We're celebrating our birthday in lots of different ways across the
year, keep an eye on our blog and social media feeds for details.
Starting with an updated logo: you'll see our 25th anniversary logo
throughout the year. Read our introduction here.
Read our introduction here.
We've asked a few friends for their thoughts on what CJS is, how
it's helped them and their organisations and what's changed over the
time since that very first edition. You'll find their wonderful comments
We've asked a few friends for their thoughts on what CJS is, how it's helped them and their organisations and what's changed over the time since that very first edition. You'll find their wonderful comments below.
You're welcome to add your comments, email is the easiest way.
Membership benefits include: Subscription to Bat News and The Young Batworker magazines (published 3 times a year), discounts on bat training courses, priority booking for events and opportunities to get involved in bat conservation
Find out more memberships and join as an individual become a benefactor or sign up for the Teacher / Youth Leader package here
How do you win our birthday gifts? Simply send us your name and email address (use the form here) and after the closing date, 3 May for the Membership pacakge, we'll pull the names of the lucky winners out of a hat (OK, use a random number generator but you get the gist!).
Birthday wishes from Friends and Colleagues
Congratulations to CJS on their silver anniversary; what a wonderful milestone to celebrate!
Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) was CJSís first featured charity in 2016; we couldnít have planned it better as that year was BCTís silver anniversary! It was really helpful to have a platform such as CJS where we could share the work that we do to protect bats and their habitats, both on the ground and behind the scenes.
During our year we were able inform CJS readers about our National Bat Helpline, invite them to get involved in Citizen Science and illuminate what we do whilst bats are hibernating during winter.
Thanks to CJS we were able to make more people aware of the importance of bats and some of the ways people can get involved to help protect these wonderful creatures and further bat conservation in the UK. Thank you to CJS for giving bats a voice.
Andreia Correia da Costa,
Bat Conservation Trust
Andreia Correia da Costa, Bat Conservation Trust
CJS & me
Iíve had a close relationship with the Countryside Jobs Service ever since we were first introduced at college, way back in 1996. Iíve been a subscriber on and off ever since then, whenever Iíve needed a job really, and itís been a great help: CJS introduced me to my first full-time volunteering role and first lasting paid job (both with the Conservation Volunteers), helped me move into (and stay in) the Midlands, and alerted me to the fact that the newly-established Canal & River Trust were looking for volunteering specialists.
So what have I got personally from CJS? Well, Iíve always found it quick, convenient (in both postal and on-line formats) and comprehensive Ė the fact that it pulls together everything advertised that week across the sector is a real boon. Perhaps my strongest endorsement is that itís helped me discover new organisations and parts of the country, in a way that local press and word of mouth never could.
As a volunteering professional, Iíve made regular use of CJS, particularly since taking on dedicated volunteer development roles at the Canal & River Trust. Iíve regularly used the volunteering section and Focus specials to promote our Towpath Taskforce work parties, and found it ideal for specialist roles in volunteer leadership, environmental education and customer service. The Focus on Volunteering has been a great opportunity to get articles published, and paved the way to our becoming CJS Charity of the Year 2019.
How does this help us? Well itís important as a new player in the charity world to raise our profile and standing in the sector, and regular exposure in the pages of CJS helps this; we hope that being chosen as their Charity of the Year will take this to another level. Weíve recruited some effective and lasting people through CJS; the dataís sketchy for our volunteers, but Iím aware of several other paid colleagues whoíve come to us through their pages, including some Iíve interviewed. Finally, the articles weíve contributed have been a great opportunity for both my volunteers and I to get published, and itís inspired me to write more articles for the wider mediaÖ and of course CJS.
Thank you for being around for the last 25 years Countryside Jobs Service, and hereís to celebrating with you again when you hit 50!
Tom Freeland ,
,National Volunteering Development Co-ordinator at the Canal & River Trust
Congratulations to CJS on celebrating 25 years of supporting and enabling people to find a volunteering opportunity or career in conservation. The RSPB and CJS have worked together for many of those 25 years to promote volunteering and the importance and value of volunteering to nature conservation in the UK and indeed to the health and wellbeing of those you regular donate their time and talents to saving nature.
There is a quote that says ĎA civilisation flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sití. CJS has played a key role in enabling and empowering many people to do just that and hopefully will continue to do so for the next 25 years. Happy 25th Birthday from the RSPB.
Alan Murray, Head of Volunteering and Employee Engagement at RSPB
Happy birthday CJS! 25 years is a long time and has seen a lot of changes within the Countryside sector.
I first came across CJS 20 years ago when I was volunteering at a local country park. Each Ranger read it eagerly and then us volunteers scoured it looking for the next handful of jobs we would be applying for over the coming week.
Over the following years Iíve subscribed on and off as circumstances have changed and seen CJS increase in scope and quality. Now I am always drawn to the news and grants sections of CJS Professional to help me deliver my various roles in ever shifting circumstances.
When my employer has vacancies I always call for them to be sent to CJS. It is still essential reading for anyone looking to get their foot on the ladder or to move up and onwards.
A few years ago I began as committee member of Countryside Management Association which has had a long and productive partnership with CJS for many years. For a time CJS carried out our admin and also brought fresh eyes and experience which helped us with moving forward as an organisation. They are still key partners and continue to help us to serve the Countryside Management sector.
So much has changed over the last 25 years, but CJS has always played an important and evolving role.
So happy birthday and thank you for all you have achieved both for the individual ranger and the industry as a whole. Iím looking forward to seeing you continue your great work well into the future.ď
Alan Preece, Senior Warden, Saltwells Nature Reserve
Way back in the last century, I earned a living in the commercial world. I was spending more and more of my leisure time outdoors close to wildlife, an avid birder, enjoying work less and less and finally deciding that a career in nature conservation would be a good move. But would there ever be a job that suited me?
Countryside Jobs Service, I was told. It was pretty new then and thatís where I started looking. My first memory of trying to change career is of learning as much as I could about ecology and habitat management. My second is searching through CJS ads. There were some jobs! Maybe I would see one I might be able to do. I canít actually remember where I saw my first conservation job advertised but either CJS or the Yorkshire Post led me to the Wildlife Trust, then to the RSPB and now Plantlife.
And I havenít looked back since. Although now Iíve typed that, Iíve realised itís not true. I look back regularly at all thatís happened since I took that new job and the wonderful conservation activity that so many great colleagues and volunteers allowed me to play a small part in. Nature still faces huge challenges but looking back at the results weíve all achieved must give us confidence that we can succeed.
Whatís the biggest change over the years? Well, personally, the birder from the last century was quickly convinced (and rightly so!) than the rest of the natural world was just as intriguing as the avian bits. Hand lens and moth trap, as well as binoculars, now. Iím now working for Plantlife, conserving plants and fungi. We all know where wild flowers lead, wildlife follows. And, across the sector, itís been really heartening to see rivalry replaced with ever more co-operation and joint projects. Just as I started writing this, I checked the CJS website and what did I see? A vacancy in the Back from the Brink team alongside the Plantlife logo. Thereís no better example than Englandís biggest species recovery partnership of how weíre working together to do even more for nature.
And thanks CJS for playing your part as you have for 25 years.
Michael Krause, Acting Chief Executive Plantlife
Harper Adams University Careers Service have promoted and used the Countryside Jobs Service Weekly for many years in a whole manner of ways. We promote the service and highlight the website in all our taught sessions and engagement with students. This can be part of one to one guidance sessions with students and also in larger group sessions. Feedback from students has been excellent and the opportunities advertised and written articles have proven helpful in kick starting careers once students have completed their degree courses.
Volunteering and seasonal work has also been able to enhance students CVís and help them evidence and gain experience, all things essential for candidates competing for posts.
The Careers Service feel the Countryside Jobs Service is an essential part of our guidance tool kit and frankly we could not do without it!
Maria Simpson, Careers Service Manager, Harper Adams University
On behalf of all our staff and volunteers at TCV, the community volunteering charity we would like to wish Countryside Job Service a very Happy 25th Birthday. A huge thank you for your continued support in helping us to achieve our goal of creating healthy, happy communities for everyone. We look forward to another 25 years of supporting the countryside and environmental sector.
We have been subscribers to CJS for nearly 2 years Ė I wish Iíd found them sooner..!!
HighGround is a charity I started in 2013.
Our Mission is to Improve the wellbeing and employment prospects of serving personnel and veterans using the green environment.
We do this is 2 ways Ė by providing the Horticultural Therapy service for injured serving personnel at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall and, for those still serving and veterans who know they donít want to work in an office but not quite sure what they want to do, we provide advice and support about opportunities in the land-based sector, with Rural Weeks at the core.
Long before they are ready to search for a job, we help them to look beyond their military identity and consider their transferable skills. Being able to direct them to CJSís jobs board is a fantastic way for them to see that there are so many roles which they are ideally suited to Ė some even involve wearing camouflageÖ..!
I think CJS is a terrific organisation which punches well above its weight. Happy Anniversary and hereís to the next quarter century!
Anna Baker Cresswell @HighGroundBoss
Read more about HighGround in their In Depth profile article here.
Following many years of successful, collaborative working, many congratulations to all the team at CJS for such a fabulous job! The CMA immensely values all the services offered by CJS especially the very fast and efficient services promoting vacancies, volunteer opportunities and the exceptionally helpful, wide-ranging information, on a myriad of topics, in the regular editions of CJS Focus. The latter offers key facts, lots of opportunities and genuine encouragement to the broad audience of those interested in countryside management. The services offered by CJS are held in great esteem by CMA members and long may our close relationship continue. Well done for 25 years of excellent work!
Chairman, Countryside Management Association (CMA)
CJS Introduction to our 'Birthday' year:
One thing that has remained unchanged across all the years is that CJS is unique in offering free advertising for just about everything relating to our sector. However, we know that sometimes you need more information than we can include in the short free linages and often logos are required so we're delighted to be able to keep the rates for these paid options unchanged for another year.
What has changed is that Countryside Jobs Service now advertises much more than countryside jobs our range has expanded to include ecology, wildlife, animal care, community involvement, rural and urban sites, fundraising, admin support, visitor management, arboriculture, environmental and outdoor education and today we publish a lot more than 'just' jobs advertising voluntary roles and recruitment days, apprenticeships and intern placements, citizen science projects, training courses, professional events, a full news round up service and a vast array of in depth information and articles providing insights and help to establish professional and new starters alike.
In July 1994 the first edition of CJS Weekly landed on doormats - mostly those belonging to members of CMA who, along with SCRA, received a 10% discount off subscriptions (no longer I'm afraid). It seems like it was only five minutes ago that we were stuffing sheets of A4 from a daisy-wheel printer into multi-sized, shaped (and even perfumed) self addressed envelopes. Yes, that's how it all started which was a huge step forward from photocopies of adverts in newspapers which formed the Jobs Service for CMA members way back when. CJS founders, Niall and Anthea Carson took on the task of converting those snippets into a cohesive newsletter, Anthea devised the unique advert format, Niall sorted out the filing system for the envelopes and they were off. As word spread of how good this new service was, subscriber numbers increased and the daisy-wheel printer was swapped for a dot-matrix before the heat from the printwheel caused the office to combust. In those early days there was no paid advertising only the Standard Linage which was all free; with the increase of outside funding and funding partners needing to use logos (even on a free advert) we started taking paid adverts. CJS has continued to grow following the natural progression of the countryside sector with just a gentle nudge every now and then. Niall retired in 2006 - we had a little celebration - since then the CJS Team has grown to five members plus office dogs, people often can't believe that it's just our small team producing the behemoth that is CJS, covering three newsletters, one quarterly publication and the huge website - sometimes I'm not sure I do either!
We're incredibly proud that in our 25 years we have never missed a deadline despite some very trying circumstances ranging from seriously broken websites and multi-day power cuts to needing a large digger to excavate several feet of snow from the lane to the office, when things get tough it's all hands
We're just as proud that we hold true to Niall and Anthea's principals of putting back as much into conserving the countryside as possible, CJS is run along Social Enterprise principals. We still offer Standard Free Linage in CJS Weekly in fact, it's possible to advertise virtually anything (anything relevant to the countryside that is) free of charge with CJS.
We've been asking friends to let us know what CJS means to them and we'll be sharing their thoughts with you throughout the year. They'll all be collated on this page (scroll down) and you're welcome to add your comments (email is the easiest way).
We're also accepting and giving away birthday presents starting with a lucky dip for 25 annual email subscriptions to CJS Weekly. We also have four 2019 calendars from the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Simply send us your name and email address and at the end of the month we'll pull the names of the lucky winners out of a hat (OK, use a random number generator but you get the gist!).
During the year we are launching several new projects not least of which will be a sparkling new website later this spring once the January madness dies down and we get on with the monster task of transferring all the information. We have something exciting planned for July which is our actual birthday month, so keep reading!
Happy birthday CJS thanks for helping find great jobs in my first ten years of working in the industry!
Have a simply stunning silver birthday...heres hoping you have many more to come
Have a birthday drink on me! Ummm, virtually of course....
All the best for your 25th year and beyond. You have running as long as I have! I look forward to hopefully broadening my career from one of your adverts!
Yayyy congratulations! You've been there for me over the course of many years!
Many happy returns and keep up the good work.
Happy anniversary CJS! Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do to keep us connected to what matters, Leanne Clements
Happy Birthday! Thanks for all your hard work on an excellent website. A daily joy! :) Take good care xx
I have found the free services offered by CJS very useful over the past ten years and I wish everyone at CJS all the very best for the future as they celebrate 25 Years. Keep up the good work!
Wishing CJS a VERY happy 25th birthday. You don't look a day older! ;-) And thank you for helping me find meaningful employment doing something I love! Katie x
Happy Birthday Team CJS!! Keep up the great work. Claire Davis 😊
Happy Birthday and thank you for being here xx
Happy Birthday! You do great work!
Happy 25th! Thanks for all your hard work!
Happy Birthday you lovely lot! Thanks for all the years of fab e-mails! 😊🎉🎈🌻
Compleanos Jubilados Senores y Senoras! Spanish so much more appropriate to wish CJS the best!
Happy Birthday CJS! Can't wait to find my next job with you!
Happy birthday! Drink sensibly and eat unsensible! :)
Thank you for your very comprehensive jobs advertising service. Always a good read in have itself.
Happy 25th Birthday to CJS keep up the good work and here's to the
Best Wishes. Gary Cooper
Happy Birthday, so glad you are still going strong (I found my last 3
jobs through CJS). X
You have been part of my conservation career work life for the last 20 plus years. So glad you\'ve evolved and retained the independent spirit. Here\'s to another 25 years!
Happy Birthday and well done on all the hard work you do bringing us details of jobs and wildlife-related news. I find it really useful to keep up to date with what\'s going on in the world! Mel Dodd
Excellent opportunities to consider - thank you!
Happy birthday CJS, raise a glass to yourselves and all those you have helped find employment :-)
Congratulations to you all on 25 years of fantastic publications. Long may it continue.
happy birthday and thank you for publishing jobs I can apply for x
Keep up the good work
Happy birthday CJS, thanks for helping us find new teammates, and for all the insights into wildlife news and courses. Cracking job xx
Happy birthday! Thank you for circulating countryside jobs, news, courses & events info - all very useful!
Happy Birthday, is it really that time! Congratulations
Happy Birthday CJS! Thank you for all your hard work :) Jasper
Congratulations CJS.. Heres hoping you have many more.. What would we do without you
Happy birthday CJS...keep up the fab work!
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and lots of cake!!
Happy birthday - love the site and e-mail alerts
Happy 25th Birthday CJS! I first came across CJS nearly 20 years ago when I was volunteering for TCV and looking for employment Ė it got me my first 2 jobs and started me off on my career path in the environmental charity sector :0)
Happy birthday! Well done for all your work, you're an amazing service, thank you!
:Happy Birthday to you, thanks for the good things you do, happy birthday dear CJS, happy birthday to yoooooooou!
Happy birthday. Look forward to checking out what\'s happening in the environmental job sector everyday.
Have a wonderful countryside birthday.
Happy birthday CJS, keep up the fabulous work! Leanne
\" C onsistent J ewel of a S ervice \" happy birthday guys and gals. Paul Regulski, Leeds
Happy Birthday, keep doing what you do!
Happy birthday CJS. I\'ve found a few jobs on here. It\'s been such an important thing in my life. definitely made my life easier. Keep up the good work.
Here\'s to the next and the next and the next...i hope you grow very old indeed! Thanks for all your hard work!
Happy birthday CJS, keep up the good work! Tom Heenan.
Congratulations on 25 great years!
Happy 25th Birthday, CJS! Always a pleasure to receive and read your emails.
Congratulations on 25 years of being a great source of user-friendly information about countryside jobs. Emma Lothian
Congratulations!! Thank you for all of the environmental benefits that you\'ve provided for us socially, economically, and for all living things! Happy birthday!
Happy birthday you fantastic humans!!
Happy birthday CJS! Thank you for the work you do - your free daily update helped me find a new career path and the courage to apply to university. You have been an inspiration so here\'s to the next year for us all and the happiest birthday to CJS and it\'s staff.
Happy birthday lovely people! :)
Happy birthday!!! You\'re doing an amazing job!!!
Happy birthday and congratulations on keeping a great website running!
Thanks for all of your hard work
Happy Birthday CJS. Thank you for a super publication. Wishing you all fabulous celebrations. Best birthday wishes to all, from Jo Gamble
Happy Birthday, Thank You for getting me my dream job
Happy Birthday to you! May the trees be green and the skies be blue. Happy Birthday to you! Love Rebecca
Another year of wonderful news and jobs from CJS! Happy birthday!
Happy birthday CJS. Please find me a job soon! Nick
Happy birthday countryside from the seaside
Another year of wonderful news and jobs from CJS! Happy birthday!
Brilliant service, thanks!
If only i cpuld gift you a pound for every countryside job you\'ve advertised
Best wishes from me and congrats on your 25th Birthday! It only seems like yesterday when you were naught but a fresh-faced (albeit bearded) \'start-up\' but clearly have provided a valuable jobs service - together with being an informative and knowledgeable provider of useful information to a widely spread but dedicated community. Chris Lines
Happy happy birthdayyy!!! Thanks for everything you do
Happy birthday! Have been receiving your newsletters for many years and have have found out about great organisations, updates and job leads for friends, so thank you
Happy birthday - keep up the good work!
Congratulations to CJS on their birthday - 25 years young and growing strong :-)
Happy Birthday - just up your path!
Happy Birthday and thank you for all the great advice and interesting opportunities!
Happy birthday CJS your a great company and your web site is always so interesting. Thanks also for keeping me posted on important countryside issues and courses. Regards to you all Jeni
Congratulations on the big anniversary and thanks for all the really useful information shared: love the news item feature too.
Happy birthday CJS. Please keep up the great work!
Congratulations on your anniversary - love your website and e-mails. Best resource around.
Happy Birthday CJS. The original and still the best!
Happy birthday and thank you for all that you do.
Happy Birthday CJS from the Warden Team at Cambridge PPF
Happy birthday you have helped so many people over the years. Well done!
Well done to the team at CJS on your continued invaluable service to those of us slogging onwards & upwards in the wider countryside. Please keep it up! :-)
A very Happy Quarter of a Century to CJS!
A very Happy Birthday to you
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Love your organisation! Students I teach use it all the time -
honestly such a fab helpful site!
Happy Batty Birthday;)from Thetford River Group!
Congratulations you do a truly fantastic work thank you to you all. Happy Birthday Amy
Happy Birthday from the Dorset Council Rangers at Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve and Hardy\'s Birthplace Visitor Centre