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4. From Colleges and Groups

If you can't find the answer to your question here or on the Quick FAQs page then please contact us.

Advertisers frequently ask:

Which of your three publications should we use?    

We always recommend the full coverage package (CJS Professional) for the widest audience, next best value is CJS Weekly - both include online adverts which can be posted within hours of confirmation.  CJS Weekly also carries our unique Standard Free Linage adverts but these are now posted online (except for volunteers).


How best to email artwork to CJS?
Please attach it as a PDF (or as a JPEG) and email it to ranger@countryside-jobs.com along with your instructions.  We can accept most file formats for logos and have the usual funders (e.g. HLF) logos on file, just tell us which one you need.


What is 'Camera Ready Artwork'?
Ready to print, i.e. the right size, shape and layout. We keep our advertising rates so low by reducing the amount of artwork WE have to do.


What is your deadline?
We have several! Our COPY DEADLINES are: CJS Online no deadline, Monday to Friday inclusive and usually published the same day, last update at 4pm each day, except Friday which is at 3pm. CJS Weekly 5pm Thursday. (Space Booking Deadline for paid advertising: Noon Thursdays). Published every Monday. CJS Professional  12 noon on the Tuesday, published on the second Thursday of every month; full dates and deadlines here.


Is CJS VAT Registered?                
Yes. From 1/11/00. Our VAT Registration Number is 892 9082 79. Trade Classification: 22105 - Other Publishing. Please add VAT at standard rates to all CJS Advertisement costs. Charities paying for an advert can avoid VAT by completing a VAT exemption declaration [Click Herefor a blank declaration] and returning it to us.


Subscribers & Readers frequently ask:             

Shall I send you my CV / Resume?

No thank-you. We are publishers, NOT a Recruitment Agency, so we have no need of your CV.  However, Countryside-Careers.Com is part of the CJS family and is the only CV listing site dedicated to UK countryside professionals.


Why subscribe to CJS Weekly when I can read CJS Online and CJS Professional on this website for free?
Our Daily and Professional publications contain only those jobs which the employers have PAID us to advertise, whereas our Weekly publication gives a Standard Free Linage ad to ALL the jobs we are aware of each week (a total of 3,215 adverts were published in CJS Weekly in 2015) and it includes the weekly digest of vacancies reviewed from national newspapers, specialist publications and national organisation websites.  See details of the current edition here and back issues are available here.


How much is it to subscribe to CJS Weekly?
To purchase a single copy as a downloaded PDF costs 3.15.

Postal subscriptions are: 3.50 per week for 2-10 weeks or 3.30 for 11+ weeks. (NB: Group subscriptions are slightly more)

Email subscriptions are: 1.25 per week for 4-10 weeks or 1.00 for 11+ weeks (including VAT at standard rates).

Digital online subscriptions are 1.00 for 4-10 weeks and 75p for 11+ weeks (including VAT at standard rates). 


How do I subscribe to CJS Weekly?
You can subscribe via this website, by post or by telephone: WEBSITE - click on Shop  and use your credit or debit card or your PayPal account; POST - send a cheque or postal order payable to Countryside Jobs Service for the amount; TELEPHONE - Phone 01947 896007 to use your credit or debit card.


Do I need an Application Form to subscribe to CJS Weekly?
No. That would just be another piece of paper, another envelope, another stamp and another delay. We just need your name, address and payment. Please see CJS Weekly


What foreign currencies does your online shop accept?
You can pay online using Great British pounds sterling, European euros or US dollars. Or if you use PayPal virtually any!              


When will I get my first issue of CJS Weekly?
If we receive your name, address and payment BEFORE 3pm on Thursdays it will be processed in time to dispatch your first issue that weekend. Email subscribers should receive theirs late on Fridays and Postal subscribers should receive theirs on Mondays. Your first issue will include jobs still current from previous weeks. NB: Any subscriptions received AFTER 3pm on Thursdays too late for that weekend's issue and are held over until the FOLLOWING weekend, please use the temporary details supplied by email or ask for the password when you phone to subscribe.


What happens if I subscribe to CJS Weekly and then get a job?
When you get a job, or if at any time and for any reason you wish to discontinue your subscription, we will be happy to refund the remainder of your subscription to you, without quibble. Or you can transfer the subscription to a friend or colleague, or donate the remaining value to our featured charity, details here.


How will I know when to renew my subscription?
Subscribers who get their CJS Weekly delivered by post can check each week on their Address Page: The number in brackets (your Countdown Number) after your name shows how many more issues are still to come; The date of your Last Issue in that subscription is also given; Brightly coloured Subscription Renew Reminders are also sent with Countdown weeks 3 and 2. Those getting their copies online or via email receive Subscription Renew Reminders by email in Countdown weeks 4, 3, 2 & 1.


How do I Renew my Subscription to CJS Weekly?
Just the same as subscribing for the first time (see CJS Weekly). If it has lapsed, please let us know that you have subscribed before, as we MAY still have your details on the database. If you do not tell us that you are renewing a subscription we will assume it is an entirely new subscription and it may overlap your existing one.  


What jobs does CJS NOT include?
'The Environment' is a big field [true!] and sometimes the term can be too vague. We do NOT, for instance, include Environmental Health jobs (too much checking food shops for Salmonella, etc.); nor overseas jobs (unless they are sent to us Direct, in which case we will include them), nor asbestos, nor radiation related jobs. The jobs excluded are all valuable professions, but do not fall within our remit.  More information here.


What is your deadline?

FOR NEW AND RENEWED SUBSCRIPTIONS for CJS Weekly the deadline is 3pm every Thursday. Any received after this will be held over to the following weekend.


Is CJS VAT Registered?                
Yes. From 1/11/00. Our VAT Registration Number is 892 9082 79. Trade Classification: 22105 - Other Publishing. NB: CJS Postal Subscriptions are NOT liable to VAT but electronic ones are! According to HM Revenue and Customs electronically transmitted material even if intended to be printed out does not qualify as printed matter but as a service and hence is liable for VAT. We include the VAT in the price, if you don't pay VAT contact us BEFORE placing your order and we maybe able to invoice you net of VAT.  Charities paying for an ad can avoid VAT by completing a VAT exemption declaration [Click Here for a blank declaration] and returning it to us.



What is the best time to phone?
Normal office hours. Or you can leave your name and telephone number, or send your fax, at any time. Our number is 01947 896007 (24 hours). Or email us.  We're a small team and sometimes you may get the answerphone - it doesn't mean we're ignoring you it's just that we're really busy so please leave a short message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.


What about Bank Holidays?
The CJS office closes on Bank holidays (except Good Friday) however we publish CJS Weekly as usual, even if Royal Mail delivers it a day later than normal! At Christmas and New Year we close the CJS office completely and have our 'summer' holidays, usually from the Friday or Monday before Christmas until around the 5th of January.


Is CJS a recruitment agency?
No. CJS is a small commercial publishing company, providing free and low cost information to promote countryside careers and environmental conservation on an ethical basis.


Is CJS just another rip-off?
No. In our last subscribers satisfaction survey (November 2015) 91.9% were highly satisfied with CJS, no-one said our service fell into the low or very low levels. We also offer a no-quibble guarantee: Your satisfaction or a refund. Lots of Subscribers have asked for the remainder of their Subscription to be refunded because they have got a job - and this we are always very happy to do!


Does CJS have a Privacy Policy?
Yes: we will not give, exchange, buy or sell your details to any unauthorised party. (See also: Is your database properly registered and our terms and conditions)?


Is your database properly registered?
Yes. Data Protection Act Registration Number: Z9570707. Names, addresses, etc. are held on our computer. Your Credit / Debit card details are NOT held on any of our computers, the web payments are taken by PayPal and WorldPay, please see their T&C. We have an up to date PCI DSS certificate (the Credit Card Industry security standard, read about it here and download our certificate here.)

We will NOT give, exchange, buy or sell your details to any unauthorised party.  Where we have your details on paper and once these are no longer needed we then burn (in the winter when the stove is lit) or shred the paper before it's used as bedding for our various animals and then composted for use on the garden.  That's pretty secure.


What about data security?

In addition to the registration above CJS has an in-house data security and recovery policy. We operate an automatic overnight backup of all data and a weekly rolling backup of the main data (including all databases). The weekly rolling backup is stored on air-gapped hardware meaning it is not connected to the office network or the internet and thus is secure from hacking.  Should the worst happen the most we would lose is one week of data - and there are paper copies of most things plus emails are stored off site in the cloud so it would be a large but not impossible task to put it all back.


Why do you not advertise the CJS more?
We could spend lots of YOUR money on advertising ourselves, but we prefer to rely on the very best form of advertising possible: personal recommendation from the vast majority of our satisfied users. This way we can not only keep our prices down but also grow at a reasonable and sustainable rate.


Why so much sponsorship?
CJS is proud to support 1) the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association; 2) Countryside Management Association; and 3) the British Wildlife Photography Awards. This is our way of saying 'Thank-you' and of 'putting something back' into the Conservation Movement, without risking the financial viability of CJS.  We are also pleased to be able to help raise the profile of our featured charity and encourage you to support them, donate if you can.

Please read the Our Endorsements and Our Charities pages for more information.


Is CJS printed on recycled paper?
Yes. We use only 100% recycled paper and envelopes, which costs more than virgin paper but we believe it is the right thing to do. All our toner cartridges are returned for recharging. All our waste office paper and used newspapers are recycled. All used stamps from incoming mail are donated to charity.


Colleges and Groups.

Can we share our copy of CJS with our students / volunteers?

Yes, that's possible.  Please tell the data manager when you take out your subscription and we'll set up the information slightly differently.  We supply you with a group password which changes every six month to prevent abuse of the system.


We're a charity (or some colleges) and don't pay VAT.

No problem, simply complete the VAT Exemption form and we will be able to invoice you for adverts or electronic subscription without the VAT.


Could you come and do a talk for our group?

Sorry, CJS is a small team and we can't spare the staff to travel to events.  However we are happy to take part digitally, see AskCJS, and can send you leaflets and posters to display, you can download copies leaflet here, A4 poster here or email us and we'll send a bundle by post. 


That's it. Any other question you want answered just contact us by email or fill in our feedback form (under Contact us).       


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