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A rolling list of countryside, conservation and ecology vacancies including wildlife work and environmental education, updated every weekday.

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All our graduating students who should be celebrating the end of three (or more) years hard work to gain their diplomas and degrees are having to do so in isolation with virtual graduation ceremonies if any at all. They are leaving the world of academia behind and heading off to start their careers looking at a more uncertain future than any of us can imagine. It's a hard enough time setting out looking for your first 'real' job in a profession that you hope is going to sustain you, body and soul, for the rest of your working life and we all know how difficult it is in the countryside and conservation sectors at any time. To help our next generation of rangers, ecologists, wildlife warriors, landscape managers and environmental educators CJS wants to give each of the class of 2020 a graduation present of a full year's subscription to CJS Weekly. More information and sign up here

Operations Officer - Scottish Natural Heritage

Logo: Scottish Natural Heritage

37 hours a week


Salary £32,715 per annum

Location: Dingwall, Inverness, Kinlochewe or Ullapool

You will contribute to delivering Scottish Natural Heritage’s objectives of a nature-rich future for Scotland and an effective response to the climate emergency, primarily within South Highland Area but also collaboratively with other Areas and Activities, particularly in the north.

Natural Heritage Project Officer - Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme - Somerset County Council

Logo: Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme

£17,271 - £19,839 pa

29.6 hours per week (0.8fte)
Location: Nether Stowey (initially working from home during Covid)

We have a four year fixed term opportunity for a Natural Heritage Project Officer as part of the team delivering the 5-year Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS).

The QLPS focuses on the Quantock Hills AONB and its fringing farmland in Somerset. The Quantock Hills is a special landscape rich in natural, historic, and cultural heritage, but it is a landscape under pressure. The Scheme aims to better understand and manage these pressures, take advantage of new opportunities, and find inclusive solutions that will ensure that this special landscape thrives into the future.

Assistant Reserves Officer - Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Logo: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Full Time 35 hours per week

£18,000 - £22,000

Location: Herriard and North Hampshire

Assisting our Reserves Team in North Hampshire, this role is key to achieving our Living Landscapes vision and Wilder strategy, focusing on community engagement and practical conservation delivery. The successful candidate will take ownership of marketing, recruitment, training and supervision of multiple volunteer teams; capitalising on their help to improve the conservation value of our managed estate.

Community Engagement and Volunteering Officer - Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme - Somerset County Council

Logo: Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme

£21,589 - £24,799 pa
37 hours per week
Location: Nether Stowey (initially working from home during Covid)

We have a four-year fixed term opportunity for a Community Engagement and Volunteering Officer as part of the team delivering the 5-year Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS). The QLPS focuses on the Quantock Hills AONB and its fringing farmland in Somerset. It is a special landscape rich in natural, historic, and cultural heritage, but it is a landscape under pressure. Housing and infrastructure growth and changing landownership and agricultural practices are creating new challenges.

Senior Project Officer - Groundwork East

Logo: Groundwork East

Salary: £25,863 to £29,679 depending on experience plus attractive benefits

Location: Alconbury Weald nr Huntingdon, Cambs
Hours: Full time 37 hrs a week
Contract: 1 year fixed term contract

Our project portfolio in Cambridgeshire is expanding quickly and we are seeking a highly motivated individual to help drive the programme forward. Through your own delivery and managing a small team this is an exciting opportunity to deliver environmental education and community themed projects.

Volunteer posts advertised week beginning 03/08/2020

Trustees & Company Secretary, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Trainee Countryside Ranger, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

To view any post click on the job title.

All Volunteer Adverts Here

Project Manager – Leaping Forward for Dementia (London) - Froglife

Logo: Froglife

Salary: £30,000 per annum

Hours: 35 hours per week

Location: Spitalfields City Farm and working from home with frequent travel around London.

Leaping Forward for Dementia aims to enable people living with dementia in London get involved with nature conservation work. This enhances lives through improved confidence, transferable conservation skills and emotional, social and physical wellbeing. Froglife has a growing level of expertise in this field, with successful projects ongoing in Glasgow and Somerset.

Infrastructure Officer, Project Delivery - Sustrans

£24,446 per annum

37.5 hours per week – maternity cover - based in Inverness (flexibility for remote/home working)

Sustrans Scotland is seeking to recruit an individual with a passion for place and urban design to join our Infrastructure Team.

Ideally you will have a background on landscape architecture, urban design, planning, civil engineering, community engagement or behaviour change and experience in managing projects.

Research Assistant - Clean Seas and Wales Programmes - Marine Conservation Society

Logo: Marine Conservation Society

Contract: Permanent, full time

Salary: £20,200 - £24,000 dependent on experience

Location: Cardiff (initially home based)

The Marine Conservation Society fights for the future of our ocean through people-powered action – with science on our side.

We have ambitious plans to drive political, cultural and social change and as we EU-exit – it is vital that MCS is able to support work in Wales and across the whole of the UK’s clean seas programme.

Stewardship Forester - Forestry and Land Scotland

Logo: Forestry and Land Scotland

2 Roles - Based in Aberfoyle and Glenbranter

£28,116 - £30,159 plus benefits

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) are seeking to recruit for 2 posts that are based in the Central Region at the Glenbranter and Aberfoyle offices. You will contribute to delivering the Scottish Forestry Strategy, FLS Corporate Plan and Regional Business plans by managing the delivery of the Stewardship programmes – encompassing Environment, Visitor services, Estates and Legal liabilities work requirements. This is an operational management role which requires the successful candidate to manage teams ensuring that FLS policies are upheld and that all legislation, regulation and relevant guidance is adhered to.

Estates Grounds Staff - Betts Ecology and Estates

Logo: Betts Ecology and Estates

Salary will be up to approximately £19,000pa dependent on experience and ability.
Betts Estates are looking to recruit full-time Estates Grounds staff. These positions are based in Martley, Worcester and will mainly cover sites in the Midlands. Candidates should have proven practical experience in land management, ideally with evidence to show understanding and practical application of today’s nature conservation and biodiversity protection/net gain policies.

Operations Officer - Scottish Natural Heritage

Logo: Scottish Natural Heritage

Ayr, Clydebank or Hamilton
£32,715 per annum
37 hours a week, permanent
The focus of the post is to implement SNH’s policies and priorities as part of the Strathclyde and Ayrshire team, with a particular focus on Ayshire and Arran. The post holder will progress opportunities to contribute to place-based work that helps deliver nature rich solutions to address the climate emergency, engage upstream in the planning system and undertake key tasks relating to both land/freshwater and coastal/ marine management.

Head of BirdLife International Marine Programme - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: Bedfordshire
Salary starting at £39,970 to £44,289 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent
We are looking for a visionary and inspiring marine specialist to head up the Birdlife International Marine Programme, leading the RSPB Global Seas programme, overseeing the Marine Programme Regional Co-ordinators in BirdLife International Partners across the world and co-ordinating the marine policy and scientific work at the BirdLife International Secretariat.

Principal Definitive Map Officer - North Yorkshire County Council

Logo: North Yorkshire County Council

Northallerton (but currently working from home)
£34,788 to £38,813
A new opportunity has arisen within our Countryside Access Service for the position of Principal Definitive Map Officer to help manage casework arising from applications to modify the Definitive Map and Statement. There are two Principal Definitive Map Officer posts that provide technical advice and guidance to the team, making sure they follow legislative and council procedures in dealing with applications. A key part of this role will to be to review and develop working practices and create procedures to ensure that the team functions as efficiently as possible.

Senior Ecologist - MacArthur Green

Logo: MacArthur Green

Salary £27,000 - £39,000

The role will be primarily based in our office in the west end of Glasgow, right on the banks of the River Kelvin.

MacArthur Green require an enthusiastic Senior Ecologist, who shares our passion for the environment and renewable energy projects, to join our small and friendly team. Our team are super busy, and we are looking for a positive and motivated person to support our clients and the rest of the ecology team.

Tees-Swale Programme Manager - North Pennines AONB Partnership

Salary range £38,813 to £42,683 (Grade 13)

Full time 5-year contract

The post will be based in Stanhope, in County Durham, with the need for travel throughout the programme area.

The North Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for a manager for the ground-breaking nature recovery and engagement programme, Tees-Swale - naturally connected. Tees-Swale is led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and covers nearly 850km2 of outstanding Protected Landscape. The team is supported by a programme Board, chaired by Sir John Lawton.

Fisheries Biologist - Galloway Fisheries Trust

Logo: Galloway Fisheries Trust

Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. GFT provides 6% Employers Pension Contribution.

This is a full time permanent post.

The position will be based at Newton Stewart (Dumfries and Galloway).

Galloway Fisheries Trust is looking to recruit a new Fisheries Biologist to join our team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take a lead role in many of the GFT research, monitoring and restoration programmes.

General Estate Worker - Stair Estates

Logo: Stair Estates

Stair Estates is a diversified rural estate in southwest Scotland with a range of enterprises that include in-hand farming, forestry, horticulture, tourism and country sports enterprises.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and practical individual who is comfortable with responsibility and proactive in identifying and completing jobs. They will have a ‘can do’ attitude with a desire to make a wide contribution to the smooth running of the Estate. The role will comprise a blend of garden and grounds maintenance along with general estate duties within the farming, horticulture, tourism and sporting enterprises on the Estate.

Volunteer Journey Advisor - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Salary: £12,350 (pro rata) per annum (FTE £21,612)

Contract: Permanent, part-time - 20 hours per week

Based: The Lodge, Littlemore, Oxford

BBOWT’s vital work is made possible by a dedicated employee and volunteer team. We recognise our volunteers contribute their time, skills and talents to the effective running of the Trust. As such we’re committed to supporting volunteers to realise their full potential whilst reaping the reward of restoring nature.

Ecology Officer - Buckinghamshire Council

Logo: Buckinghamshire Council

Type: Temporary

Location: Aylesbury
Salary: £36984 - £38881 per annum
Buckinghamshire Council has an exciting opportunity for an Ecology Officer to join our Environment Team.

We are a busy, professional and friendly team made up of qualified Ecologists, Archaeologists and Heritage Officers. Together we work to protect, promote and manage the unique natural and historic environment of the county.

Woodland Consultant - Trees for Life - Woodland Services

Logo: Trees for Life - Woodland Services

We are recruiting for Trees for Life Woodland Services.

With the business now entering its third year, we have a fantastic opportunity for a forestry professional with a passion for ecological restoration and pinewood management to deliver our consultancy service. The role will be focused around the planning and implementation of a range of woodland management and creation projects, including successful FGS applications, and carbon accreditation.

Project Manager - Calder Rivers Trust

Logo: Calder Rivers Trust

Salary: £29,000

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: 5 years

We are looking for an outstanding Project Manager to join our friendly, supportive, and small team. Working with influential stakeholders you will lead our Catchment Development Project across the whole of the Calder Catchment. The role is about designing, developing, and delivering projects to improve the water environment, and people’s enjoyment of it – over the next five years and beyond.

Peatland Restoration Officer - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Yorkshie Wildlife Trust

£26,200 p.a Plus up to 9% employer pension contribution

Do you Love Yorkshire, Love Wildlife? Are you as committed as we are to creating a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone?

We are looking for a Peat Project Officer who will be a key part of our dynamic Peatland Team. This post will include a variety of activities consisting of surveying damaged peatlands; liaising with landowners and managers; media communications and interviews; developing tenders and coordinating and overseeing contracts for peatland restoration; and running awareness projects.

Wildlife Ranger (Coastal Mitigation Service) - Northumberland County Council

Salary: £21,589

Permanent / 37 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Northumberland Coastal Mitigation Service (CMS). As a Wildlife Ranger you will be engaging with people in order to tackle recreational impacts on internationally important wildlife sites on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK. You will undertake a variety of roles, including awareness-raising, education, ornithological monitoring, disturbance monitoring, enforcement, designing solutions for disturbance hotspots, nest protection and control of pirri-pirri bur within dune grasslands.

Catch my Drift Project Trainee - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

12 month fixed term contract Sep 2020 – Aug 2021

Salary is between £6.45 and £8.72 per hour depending on age

The role is based at Hauxley Nature Reserve, just south of Amble in Northumberland

We are looking for a confident, innovative and enthusiastic person to join our team. The Catch My Drift project is a National Lottery Heritage Fund initiative that will improve our East Chevington Nature Reserve for both wildlife and people. The trainee will support project delivery through volunteer tasks and public engagement events.

Consultant Ecologist - London Wildlife Trust

Logo: London Wildlife Trust

Salary: £25,811 – 28,909 per annum per annum depending on experience

Tenure: Permanent, full time

London Wildlife Trust are currently recruiting for a consultant ecologist to support the delivery of London Wildlife Trust’s consultancy services through a wide range of landscape design and ecological projects working with clients in both the public and private sector. At London Wildlife Trust, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive, independent advice and high quality technical work to our clients across all sectors. This role will be key in supporting the delivery of the London Wildlife Trust’s consultancy services, supporting the charities vision of a London alive with nature where everyone has access to nature.

Instructor - Land and Wildlife - Sparsholt College Hampshire

Logo: Sparsholt College Hampshire

£18,840 - £22,508 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)

This post is based at our Winchester (Sparsholt) campus.

Sparsholt College has a national reputation within the Conservation, Fisheries and Gamekeeping industries and a long proud history of providing the next generation of employees to the countryside management sector. We are recruiting for a new member of staff to join the Land & Wildlife team and are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced person to assist and deliver practical teaching to our Fisheries, Game and Countryside Management students.

Country Park Lead Ranger - Buckinghamshire Council

Logo: Buckinghamshire County Council

Type: Permanent

Location: Buckinghamshire

Salary: £27024 - £28410 per annum

We have an exciting opportunity for a Country Parks Lead Ranger with Buckinghamshire Council. The Lead Ranger is a person that makes things happen on the ground. You will manage and lead a small team of rangers in Black Park Country Park, 535 acres of mixed woodland, a 14 acre lake and lowland heath. Operating on a self-financed basis our visitors are very important to us and we cater for them by providing play areas, cafes, toilets, car parks and Go Ape!

Rights of Way and Access Officer - Powys County Council

Logo: Powys County Council

Work base – The Gwalia, Llandrindod Wells

37 hours per week, Permanent

£26,999 to £28,785 per annum

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team, with experience in managing public access to the countryside. We need someone with the knowledge and skills to work with landowners and communities to negotiate practical projects on public rights of way and access land, then implement them working alongside volunteers and contractors.

Senior Officer Forest Operations - Natural Resources Wales

Logo: Natural Resources Wales

Location: South East Wales

Grade & Salary: 6 £34,427 rising to £37,656 over four years

Type of contract: Full Time Permanent / Work pattern: 37 hours per week

Senior officer responsible for all aspects of the day to day management of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate in SE Wales. The work in this role is varied and includes: Planning and overseeing delivery of programmes of work that maintain the forest estate such as fencing, tree safety, drainage, invasive species control and asset management; The management of forest recreation sites and public access; Dealing with enquiries from neighbours and the public; Developing projects that enhance sustainability, biodiversity and recreational use of the woodland estate.

Dartmoor Land Management Advisor - Nature Recovery - Dartmoor National Park Authority

Logo: Dartmoor National Park Authority

Grade 5: £26,999 - £31,371 (pay award pending)

Full time 37 hours per week / Initial contract for 3 year fixed term

We are looking for a passionate and committed professional to join our Conservation and Land Management Directorate to help realise our vision for nature recovery on Dartmoor.

The Land Management Advisor will be fundamental to translating the Dartmoor vision for nature into reality.

Groundsman / Second Climber - Steve Molyneux Tree Care

We are based in Battle/East Sussex

You will be hired on a self employed basis.

Pay is subject to qualifications and skill set

We have a vacancy for Groundsman / Second Climber [Trainee Climber]. Tickets are preferred but not mandatory. You must have a driving licence and your own transport. Ideally you will have some experience within the industry but this is not essential.

Forest College Co-ordinator - Newbattle Abbey College

Logo: Newbattle Abbey College

The college is looking for an exceptional candidate for the role of Forest College Co-ordinator. The Forest College is a national centre to support lifelong learning outdoors. It helps learners and leaders of all ages to develop their knowledge, skills and leadership in the forest and outdoors. The Forest & Outdoor Learning Awards (FOLAs) are accredited to SCQF Levels 2-6 & 8 and provide progression pathways into employment or education. The Forest College Co-ordinator will be responsible for developing the Forest College Programme within the college and with external partners. This will include the marketing, delivery and evaluation of the FOLAs.

Project Assistant - Adur & Worthing Councils

Logo: Adur & Worthing Councils

Salary From: £21,589 to £23,836 per annum

Hours: 37 hours per week

Place of work: Parks & Foreshore Offices, Commerce Way, Lancing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Project Assistant within our award winning Parks and Foreshore section to help deliver a range of exciting and high profile improvement projects across Adur and Worthing, including: Highdown Gardens National Lottery Heritage Fund project, the £3million Brooklands Park Masterplan redevelopment and a variety of climate emergency response and adaptation projects across our parks portfolio.

Forestry Inspector - Groundsperson Level 3 - East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Logo: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Salary: £19171 + contractual overtime

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full-Time, 37 hours per week + 2 hours contractual overtime

Base: Willerby and Carnaby, East Riding of Yorkshire

We seek an individual who is suitably qualified and knowledgeable in all aspects of maintaining a healthy tree stock. You must have experience of undertaking tree inspections and carrying out manual tree maintenance work as you will also work with our forestry frontline operational teams often in a supervisory role.

Conservation Operative - Conservation Contracts North West Ltd

Logo: Conservation Contracts North West

Starting salary on a scale £16,000-£18,000 p.a.
Conservation Contracts North West is a professional environmental contracting and consulting firm, specialising in habitat management and countryside access across all aspects of environmentally & ecologically sensitive projects across the North West of England. As part of our business growth, we are looking to appoint a Conservation Operative to strengthen our experienced team. We provide an integrated and comprehensive service for local authorities, government agencies, commercial clients, community groups, utility companies and landowners, and work in partnership to improve our natural environment.

Senior Ecological Consultant - RSK ADAS Ltd

Logo: ADAS

Location: Wolverhampton / Milton Park, Oxford/ Boxworth, Cambridgeshire

Our Ecology business comprises a highly skilled team focused on providing ecological services to a wide range of clients, particularly developers, utility companies and the renewable energy and rural industries and as a result of our continued success, we require a Senior Ecological Consultant with the energy and drive to manage ecological consultancy and mitigation works in a fast moving, client focused commercial environment.

Tree Nurseries and Woodland Manager - Moor Trees

Logo: Moor Trees

Location: South Brent, Devon

Salary: £18,720.00 p.a. 3 days (24 hours) a week inc. 3% pension contribution. Weekend work and some evening work will be essential.

We are currently expanding our operations and growing Moor Trees. We are looking for a talented individual to manage our two tree nurseries, the tree nursery and operational staff and deliver the woodland creation programme.

Land Operations Manager (South) - John Muir Trust

Logo: John Muir Trust

Salary: £35,000 p.a.

Hours: Full-time (35 hours a week)

Term: Permanent

Location: Home-based with travel to Trust properties and offices, as required

The John Muir Trust is looking for a Land Operations Manager to oversee John Muir Trust property management, partnerships and liaison with communities, in Scotland and the Lake District.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference for wild land. The post will oversee Trust-managed properties at Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Glenlude and Glenridding / Helvellyn including: staff management; budget setting and monitoring; and project development and delivery.