sunshine through trees above a dry stonewall (Tim Hill / pixabay)

The situation with CJS and the Coronavirus outbreak.

As the situation develops we will post notices on our social media but this page should be your first point of reference.  We will update with any changes or information.

CJS is open and publishing as normal.

Our office hours are slightly shorter and everyone is working from home so there is some disruption but please contact us by email with any questions or queries and submit adverts online as usual.

Changes and updates

Shorter office hours, 10am - 4pm

Unsurprisingly we're not getting many jobs through although there are still some volunteering opportunities, particularly those are from home, the new Volunteering from Home page is currently the busiest on the website closely followed by the news section. As a result we've decided to reduce our official office hours, we will keep an eye on the email inboxes between 10 and 4. You can email at any time but you will normally only receive a response between these hours. Working shorter days also give the Team more time to spend on other activities such as home schooling (I think everyone is really enjoying that - not!), dog training and boredom busting (which is a much more enjoyable activity) and like everyone trying to carry on with normal life in these abnormal circumstances.


Putting a smile on your face

We made a decision to try to finish each day's news headlines with something positive, uplifting or funny. So you may see a few things that we wouldn't normally include like RZSS's lovely anteater baby at Edinburgh Zoo and Northumberland Wildlife Trust's 13 year old member, Fred who's literally climbing the walls of his house. We'll include links to cartoon, blogs, webcams and photos that we would probably tweet to followers but not everyone sees those. We'll include some (but probably not all) in CJS Weekly as well. If you've got a nice story to share make sure you send it to us ( or tag us on facebook or twitter.

Campaigns and funding addition

Under normal circumstances CJS doesn’t promote fundraising campaigns but these are not normal circumstances and we're aware that many of our wonderful charities are suffering a significant downturn in donations just as costs are going up. Therefore for this year only we will be happy to share across our social media any fundraising campaigns for registered charities. You can send details to our newsdesk on or tag us @CountrysideNews on twitter or @CountrysideJobsService on Facebook and we'll share what we can - without bombarding our loyal readers with too many requests.


CJS Photography Competition

With immediate effect we are suspending the competition. We don't want you to be putting yourselves at risk taking photos. However, you are very welcome to send photos for consideration when we reopen the competition, you can specify which theme they're for or just send them as general ones. We will make a decision about reopening the competition at a later date and if necessary about awarding overall prizes nearer the current official closing date.


CJS Weekly

Unsurprising there are not many jobs being advertised at present.  We completely understand that if you've subscribed to find a job there's not much point in reading the newsletter, however, we do have all the countryside news and all the usual features. If you'd like to put your subscription on hold simply email us and we'll suspend your subs until further notice.

In the meantime be well everyone and keep washing those hands.


Instead of a gloomy image of the virus we thought we'd brighten the page with a lovely sunny countryside scene from the Yorkshire Dales.